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Why A Camping Filter Needs To Be In Your Gear Bag


Clean Looking Water
Just because it looks clean and tastes clean doesn’t mean it IS clean…

Just because you’ve found a source of fresh water is no guarantee that you are safe from dehydration.  This is both a critical piece of insight to take to heart before venturing into the great outdoors and a hard lesson learned for thousands of campers throughout the world.

At our online store, we specialize in filters and filtration products that make your water taste better, fresher and cleaner.  But when it comes to our selection of camping filters, the benefits go much deeper than better taste.

Quite simply, any source of untreated water in the wild is a potential home to a number of bacteria and viruses, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

The CDC offers this resource for backpackers sharing more about where these bacteria derive from and what they do to your body.  Those more curious about these down and dirty details are welcome to click on the link above.

67005 Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter SystemThose accustomed to reading between the lines need to know only this: when your body comes into contact with these contaminants, it will expel them in every way possible.  In the process, your body will also lose a ton of water, very quickly transforming that source of drinking water you found into the root cause of your dehydration.

So how does a camping filter help if the job of a water filter is primarily to improve taste?  This is where the deeper benefits come into play.

Take for example the Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System, pictured to the left, in use below and available for purchase here. Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System In UseThis is a basic, $10 camping filter that is, essentially, a straw.  For up to 20 gallons of use, this straw will reduce 99% of Cryptosporidium and Giardia, in addition to unpleasant taste and odor, from virtually any water source.   For anyone embarking on a short hike or backpacking trip, this is a lightweight addition to your bag that will do more to keep you safe than just about anything else you carry with you.

While this $10 filter is an ideal camping filter for shorter backpacking journeys, longer or medium length trips may need a little bit more in terms of filter life.  For those preparing for longer camping trips, we’re happy to offer everything from water pumps in the $30 range to mini-microfiltration systems from Katadyn in the $100 range.  While larger in size than a simple filter straw, these types of systems will still tuck nicely into a gear bag and be ready to provide you with anywhere from 100 to 500 gallons of drinking water, all virtually free of the contaminants that can result in dehydration. 8014931 Katadyn Vario Backcountry Series Microfilter Water Filter(Several of these Katadyn microfilters pictured, in fact, were donated by our store to members of Safari Club International as they embarked on humanitarian Blue Bag Drops in Costa Rica.  Each drop delivered portable water filtration equipment, like the Katadyn camping filter systems, to families in areas suffering from extreme water contamination issues.)

Finally, for those going on longer excursions with larger groups or families, we are also happy to offer surprisingly portable countertop ceramic filtration systems from Doulton (pictured below) and larger Expedition Systems.  Before clicking through to these products, note that these are in the price range of $200 – $1,500.  These are hard-core systems for hard-core journeys.

As our purpose in sharing this information is to educate you on the risks of untreated water and share potential solutions, rather than simply trying to sell you camping filters, it’s important to note that a great deal of the water you’ll find in the great outdoors is safe to drink – especially at higher elevations.  W9361122 Doulton Countertop Water Filter SystemREI shares this information in its article on understanding the risks you’ll face when backpacking.  That said, this same article also informs readers that even if the risk of infection from contaminated drinking water is small, it is a risk that should be avoided.  As Steven Bower of North Country Canoe Outfitters reminds us, when deep in the great outdoors, you are your own primary care physician.  And as every primary care physician has said since the beginning of time, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

‘Be Prepared’ is a simple, two-word mission statement that’s been shared with virtually every Boy Scout.  Barring any copyright issues, it’s a statement that could also find itself at home on virtually any type of camping filter, from a gravity pump to a filter straw.  If you are about ready to hit up the great outdoors for one last summer excursion, I urge you to let us help you be prepared with a camping filter both perfectly suited for your gear bag and perfectly priced for your wallet.

See our full selection of camping filters, most of which will ship FREE same day, by visiting our online store.  If you need help or have any questions, I invite you to leave a comment below or to call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.

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How Often Should I Change My Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter?


4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter

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For decades, the name Whirlpool has been synonymous with quality kitchen appliances like refrigerators.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute graded three Whirlpool refrigerator models between 2009 and 2013, and all scored a B+ or higher, with one model being one of the few to score an A- or higher.  Additionally, just last year, Reviewed.com awarded runner-up status to two Whirlpool models in its 2013 Best of Year Refrigerator Awards. Continue reading

How You Can Support Clean Water For Every Life On This Planet: Q&A With Safari Club International’s Dale Bruder


Large Cats Depend On Clean Drinking WaterClean water is critical to the sustainability of every life on our planet.  The awful truth, though, is that clean water is inaccessible by nearly one billion people, leading to more than three million deaths per year.  A silver lining to this fact is that there is also an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of up to one billion people, and in a very real sense, save millions of lives yearly.

Dale Bruder, President of the Lake Superior Chapter of the Safari Club International (SCI,) understands this fact implicitly.  Bruder knows that clean water shortages impact more than just our world’s human residents, but every life on our planet – large and small, two-legged and four-legged.  As such, his organization supports several humanitarian efforts that help to bring clean water to those people in need throughout the world, while also advocating for the protection of a spectacular array of wildlife.

This weekend, April 11-12, Bruder and his organization will be hosting their 16th Annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser in Hinckley, MN.  While he worked to finalize preparations for this event, Bruder sat down with us to share how the humanitarian efforts of the SCI can help save countless lives – and countless species – throughout the world.

[At the bottom of this post is a link sharing how you can donate to the SCI’s mission, if you are unable to attend this weekend’s event.]

For our readers that are unfamiliar with the Safari Club International, could you please share a brief summary of your organization and its mission?

The Safari Club International (SCI) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to protecting hunters’ rights and traditions, preserving wildlife through good conservation practices, educating our youth and the non-hunting public, and doing humanitarian deeds for the less fortunate.

You mention the worldwide humanitarian efforts deployed by the SCI.  What types of projects have you seen deployed to date and what type of results have you seen these efforts achieve?

Our “Hunters Against Hunger” initiative has provided thousands of pounds of processed venison to the less fortunate so they can eat protein-rich meat.  We also have a very active “Make A Wish” type hunting program that is available for disabled and terminally ill children.  We support our wounded veterans by helping to fulfill their wishes to go on hunts that they aren’t able to do on their own.

Another initiative we are proud to support is the Blue Bag Drop program, where our members that are traveling overseas deliver blue bags filled with health aids for children and adults and items needed for the hungry.  Oftentimes these blue bags will include portable water filtration equipment to be brought into those areas where clean water is not always a given.

Our store has helped to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops, providing some of the portable water filtration equipment SCI members bring with them on their journeys.  How many Blue Bag Drops have been deployed to date – and overall – how many lives have been positively impacted through these efforts?

Safari Club International - Blue Bag DropI do not have the exact figure, but it is in the hundreds for the number of bags delivered and in the thousands of lives impacted.

[Ed. Note: DiscountFilterStore.com is proud to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops through the donation of portable water filtration equipment, including our Katadyn camping filters.  The photo to the left, from a story published in a recent SCI newsletter, shows one of the Blue Bag Drops we supported, in partnership with the Safari Club International, Safari Care Legacy Fund and Global Water Drops.  Look closely and you'll see the Katadyn Vario filter we donated, sitting atop the bag.

For those attending this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley, please look for a Blue Bag filled with water filtration equipment at the event's auction.]

Clean water is critical for every life on our planet, making it a natural cause for the SCI to align itself with.  From your perspective, how would you describe this alignment between protecting clean water and protecting wildlife?

They go hand in hand.  As you said, clean water is critical for humans and animals alike.  Both will drink contaminated water if thirst drives them to it.  Then they become ill and that spreads disease and death among their respective species.

What type of opportunities would our readers have to become involved with the SCI or to support its humanitarian missions?

Go to any local member or local chapter and ask how to become involved.  Go to any chapter’s fundraiser and join the organization.  There is also a National website to get more information: www.scifirstforhunters.org.

Of course, we would also love to see everyone at this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley where they can learn about our organization first-hand, in addition to offering the donations that will allow us to continue our good work.

For registration information for the 16th annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser, hosted on April 11th – 12th in Hinckley, MN by the Lake Superior Chapter of the SCI, visit this page on the chapter’s website.  You may also donate to support the mission of the SCI by visiting their contribution page on their national website.

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How Defeating Hard Water Will Save Your Clothes & Hair


Hard Water Means Split EndsYou leave the salon, having spent anywhere from $40-90, but feel that every penny was worth it as you take that first gaze into the mirror.

You prep yourself to go out in a new outfit that perfectly accentuates everything about your style.  It was expensive, but totally worth it.

The next day, after a load of laundry and a shower, you are happy that you took so many photos last night, as your salon-fresh look has been replaced with a headful of split ends and your new outfit emerged from the wash covered in rusty-orange spots.

The culprit? Hard water.  A villain more dastardly than any most of us will ever face.  But fortunately, a villain that can be defeated.

Know Your Enemy
Over time, hard water – or water that has been infiltrated by heavy levels of minerals and contaminants including iron, calcium and magnesium – can cause mineral build-up that can clog your pipes or even start to corrode the inside of your appliances.

Not to perpetuate the stereotype that we care only about short-term problems, but the hard water issues described above amplify over time.  You may wake up tomorrow with a pipe clogged from mineral deposits, or you may never wake up to this issue.  But short term issues, whether its jeans made stiff after being washed in a mineral bath, to a white blouse that emerges from your laundry with rusty colored spots or split ends caused by showering in a harsh stream, can occur overnight – and oftentimes be just as expensive an ordeal.  After all, haircuts, jeans and blouses aren’t cheap!

Hard Water Means Rust Stained ClothesSo What Do I Do – Long-Term?
Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do to impact the hardness or mineral component of the water in your area.  If you live in an area with hard water, you live in an area with hard water.  But there is nothing to say you need to let this villain into your home.

If you have long suffered with hard water, and you’d know it by your constant battles with stiff jeans, split ends and itchy skin, you have likely already considered a whole house water filtration system.  A whole house water filtration system will ensure that all water throughout your home – not just the water you drink – is as clean as possible.

Once you have your whole house system installed, the key will be to find a replacement filter equipped to take on hard water.  At DiscountFilterStore.com, we are happy to offer water softening filters from Pentek for both larger and smaller whole house filtration systems that serve just such a purpose.

Inline Washing Machine FilterSo What Do I Do – Today?
Installation of a whole house water filtration system to take on your hard water issues is probably not something you are going to dive into overnight.  A whole house system, after all, is an investment.

Fortunately, there are short-term solutions that can protect your clothes and hair from the impact of hard water, while you consider whole house options.

In regards to your clothing, an inline washing machine filter can help reduce the minerals common in hard water from making it into your machine.  Short term, this will minimize the impact that hard water will have on your clothes – from stiffening to staining – while in the long term, you’ll actually be protecting your appliance from corrosion.  Not bad for a total investment of about $50, which would include a filter, replacement cartridges and adapter.

If you are sick and tired of split ends and dry itchy skin, a shower filter system from either Culligan or Sprite (pictured below) can help reduce the amount of scale in your shower water that contributes to hardness.  In addition to more manageable hair, your skin will feel softer, younger and fresher – courtesy of a cleaner water stream.

Sprite ShowerUp Filtered Shower ExtensionHard Water Has No Place Anywhere In A Healthy Home
Bottom-line, you and everything in your home are a reflection of the healthy lifestyle you choose to live.  Showering in limescale, or washing your clothes in hard iron-filled water, are not choices that would support this healthy lifestyle.

If you are suffering with hard water in your home, and feeling the effects in your clothes or in your hair, we want to help.  Call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458 to learn more about the water filtration systems and products we offer.

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How Often Should I Change My Maytag Refrigerator Water Filter?


Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter

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For up to six months, or 750 gallons of water usage, the Maytag UKF8001 refrigerator water filter will give you clean tasting water and ice.

The Maytag UKF7003 refrigerator water filter will also last for six months, but only for 416 gallons of water usage.

The Whirlpool 4396841 and Kenmore 4396710 water filters, ideal for use in several Maytag refrigerator models, will last for six months and 200 gallons of water usage.

The four models listed above are four of our most popular Maytag refrigerator water filter offerings, and a great example of just how difficult it can be to accurately predict a filter’s lifespan.  At DiscountFilterStore.com, we send a reminder to our customers every six months that it’s time to replace their filters – but honestly – this is a bit of an educated assumption based on typical water usage and consumption in American homes.  As we’re well aware, American homes are anything but typical.

Maytag UKF7003 Refrigerator Water Filter
Maytag UKF7003 Refrigerator Water Filter

According to the EPA, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home with 70 percent of this use occurring indoors.  While the amount of water consumed per day from a refrigerator dispenser is a bit harder to determine, we can share some typical water consumption data that can help us make a rough determination:

  • Percent of adults that drink the recommended 8 glasses per day – 22%
  • Percent of adults that drink 0 glasses per day – 7%
  • Percent of adults that drink 1 – 3 cups – 36%
  • Percent of adults that drink 4 – 7 cups – 35%

Based on the data above, courtesy of the CDC, it seems safe to assume that most adults drink about four glasses of water per day, sized at about 8 oz.  Let’s assume that two of those glasses of water are consumed at home, courtesy of the water dispensed by their Maytag refrigerator.

If we look back at the water capacity of the filters in our example, anywhere from 200 to more than 700 gallons, it can be tempting to say that a single Maytag filter has enough capacity to last for several years based on its capacity.  So why the six month guideline – rather than say – 12 or even 24 months offered by more industrial models?

4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
Whirlpool 4396841 Refrigerator Water Filter – For Use In Many Maytag Refrigerator Models

To put it in scientific terms, after a fair amount of use, refrigerator water filters just get gross. You don’t really want to be drinking water from a filter that has had stuff sitting in it for months, especially since carbon – the media used in most refrigerator water filters – is not designed to filter out the tiniest of particles, bacteria and viruses.

So if six months is simply a guideline, and water capacity is more of a lab exercise, what is the best way to determine when it’s time to change your Maytag refrigerator water filter?  One simple word – taste.

Quite simply, the job of your refrigerator water filter – whether manufactured by Maytag or any other brand – is to improve the taste and clarity of your water and ice.

4396710 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
Whirlpool 4396710 Refrigerator Water Filter – For Use In Many Maytag Refrigerator Models

If after three months, sediment or off-flavors return to the water dispensed by your refrigerator, it’s time for a change – regardless of how far off you are from the six month lifespan.  Note that for homes with water quality issues, or homes that depend on well water, this is not an uncommon scenario.

On the other hand, if your filter has been performing for well over a year without incident or change in water quality, there may be little or no reason for you to replace the current filter you are using.  Though, we may suggest a water test kit, just to ensure you know what contaminants may be in your water that are impossible to taste or sniff out, including lead or bacteria.

If you are looking for more information on the lifespan of your Maytag refrigerator water filter, or need to reorder, please call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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Christmas Countdown: Rainshow’r BERNOULLI-PC Water Saving Shower Heads Make Great Gifts For…


Rainshow’r BERNOULLI-PC Water Saving Shower HeadAt DiscountFilterStore.com, we offer more than just the replacement filters that keep the clean drinking water and fresh air flowing throughout your home.  In our Christmas Countdown, we’re featuring a different gift idea every day – between now and December 16th – that will ensure you give the gift of clean drinking water to someone near and dear to you this holiday season. 

The Perfect Christmas Gift:
Rainshow’r BERNOULLI-PC Water Saving Shower Head

What does it do?
Delivers a powerful shower spray while conserving a significant amount of water.  Features an attractive design that would look great in any bathroom and is the first shower head specifically designed for use with a shower filter.  Made in the USA!

How much will it cost me?
Less than $25

Who would these be good for?
Anyone that needs a clean and powerful shower, but monitors their water usage; anyone already using a shower filter.

When can I get it by?
Order before Monday, December 16th at 4pm CST to secure delivery by Christmas Eve.

Will it ship free?
Not by itself – but – add a Rainshow’r shower filter system to your order and we’d be happy to ship for free!

Need help finding something else?
Call our customer service department toll free at 1-800-277-3458.

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Christmas Countdown: Rainshow’r Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinators Make Great Gifts For…


RB-3000 Rainshowr Crystal Ball Bath DechlorinatorAt DiscountFilterStore.com, we offer more than just the replacement filters that keep the clean drinking water and fresh air flowing throughout your home.  In our Christmas Countdown, we’re featuring a different gift idea every day – between now and December 16th – that will ensure you give the gift of clean drinking water to someone near and dear to you this holiday season. 

The Perfect Christmas Gift:
Rainshow’r Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinator

What does it do?
Virtually eliminates harsh chlorine from bath water, ensuring chlorinated bath water no longer has the opportunity to dry out your skin, damage your hair, reduce the ability of shampoo and soap to lather and sud – or otherwise just flat out ruin bath time!

How much will it cost me?
Less than $35

Who would these be good for?
Households with children, pets or other fussy bathers, those that live in newer parts of the city where chlorine is more present in water, anyone with allergies or sensitive skin or anyone else that feels harried and just needs to relax!

When can I get it by?
Order before Monday, December 16th at 4pm CST to secure delivery by Christmas Eve.

Will it ship free?
Not by itself – but – add a dechlorinator replacement filter pouch to your order and we’d be happy to ship for free!

Need help finding something else?
Call our customer service department toll free at 1-800-277-3458.

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Just In Time For The Holidays: F-2 Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter


F2-WHITE Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter System - WhiteWith the holidays approaching, there is a lot you can count on happening:

Christmas music will become unbearable by the first week of December.

An average mall parking lot will transform into something out of Mad Max.

And your water usage will go up.  With more meals to cook, houseguests to entertain – and maybe even one or two celebratory nights to recover from – this is as close to a given as you can predict.  If all you have on hand to meet this need is a water pitcher, you could find yourself running to and from the sink every five minutes just to ensure that pitcher stays full of the clean tasting water you need.

That’s what makes now the ideal time to build out your holiday drinking water strategy by adding a new player into the mix: The F-2 Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter.

For less than $20, this easy to install faucet filter will provide you with cleaner tasting water, directly from your tap.  With capacity enough to filter bad taste, odor and chlorine from 200 gallons of water, the F-2 Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter is the solution you need to get through the holidays a little bit easier.

Of course – we’d be remiss unless we reminded you of one last thing – the Instapure Faucet Filter also makes a great gift – especially for college students getting ready to head back to the dorms or their first apartments!

Order this faucet filter online or by calling our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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