Most people have a personal hygiene regime that involves at least one or perhaps two showers per day. This is understandable; showering is a quick way to clean an entire body, and this makes it an ideal way to start or end a busy day. But, some people are not taking a safe approach to their showering rituals, and this makes it a less safe activity. Now, many readers are probably thinking about slips and falls that can cause injuries when showering. This is dangerous, but there is a more insidious and persistent threat that many people are not even aware of. In this brief guide, we will look at how chlorine can make your showering experience dangerous.
Chlorine in Your Water
Most municipal water suppliers use chlorine or perhaps chloramine to disinfect their water supplies. Chlorine has been used for this purpose for over a century, and it is highly effective at killing a wide variety of pathogenic bacteria. Some people may dislike the “swimming pool” like odor and taste that you get from water treated with chlorine. The closer you are geographically to the water treatment plant the worse this problem will be.
Many of us will have experience sore or itchy eyes and dry skin when we’ve been swimming in a pool where chlorine is used. But, chlorine can have other more serious adverse effects on your health when showering.
Chlorine is Dangerous
Drinking water treated with chlorine can be unpleasant, but the health effects are not as pronounced as they are when showering in it. The skin on our bodies is an organ, it can absorb chlorinated water, and when chlorinated water is used in the shower, it creates chlorine gas. Chlorinated water on our skin and chlorine gas in our lungs after breathing allows the chlorine to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This can lead to a wide variety of health problems, such as the destruction of essential gut flora, a risk of allergic reactions and even an increased chance of developing certain types of cancer. Recent research has suggested that the cancers risks of a quick 10 minute shower in chlorinated water is far more dangerous than drinking 8.5 pints of the same water.
Is There a Solution?
Because chlorine is a tried and tested water disinfectant and the costs of the associated infrastructure it isn’t likely that municipal water suppliers are going to stop using chlorine any time soon. In some areas, chlorine isn’t added to the water supply at all, but that’s rare, and it’s far more likely that you have chlorine or chloramine in your water. Chloramine has been used to replace chlorine in some areas, and it’s even worse than chlorine when showering. Chloramine is chlorine with added ammonia, and it can cause damage to your lungs when inhaled. So, if you want to get rid of chlorine and chloramine what can you do to make your showering a safer experience.
A Chlorine Filtration Unit
The best way to deal with chlorine and chloramine in your water is to install a chlorine filtration unit. This will filter these chemicals out of your water making it safer and more pleasant to use. Many homeowners report that their skin and hair feel better when they have switched to chlorine free water and that “swimming pool” taste and odor is eliminated entirely.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.