Many people purify their drinking water, either with built-in under-sink filters or with pitchers in the refrigerator. But few homeowners think about filtering their shower water, even though contaminants can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled in steam. Luckily, a Vitamin C shower filter extremely effective and easy to use.
So why is this our pick for the best shower filter? Chlorine and chloramine (a mixture of ammonia and chlorine) are commonly used to kill micro-organisms in municipal water supplies. Unfortunately, these chemicals have been linked to a variety of health problems, and at the very least can cause eye irritation and dry skin. And studies suggest that the majority of chlorine absorbed in a person’s body comes from showering as opposed to drinking water.
Water is harder to filter when it’s hot and under pressure, so common filtration materials like carbon don’t work very well for showers. But good old Vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid, is extremely effective at neutralizing chlorine and chloramines.
The Sonaki “Techno-Shower VCF-01 Vitamin Filter” contains 20 grams of Vitamin C in a see-through resin housing. According the the manufacturer, Sonaki’s Vitamin C filtration removes 99.9% of chlorine and chloramine from shower water, and can treat 2,500 – 3,000 gallons of water before replacing.
Sonaki Rain Handheld Showerhead + Filter, $79.99 at Amazon.
Sonaki Massage 3-Spray Handheld Showerhead + Filter, $99.99 at Amazon.