It seems like a weird suggestion to have a filter for your shower. After all, water filters are supposed to be in the kitchen, aren’t they? Seems like a first world luxury that you can do without?
Here’s why you need a shower filter for hard water in India:
A facet of hard water supply that escapes most people is the impact of hard water on hair and one’s scalp. Living in the city for the last 10 years, it took me a long time to realize how damaging my area’s water supply was.
And for those of you that get municipality supplied water- it most probably is chlorinated and you need this product too!
Let me tell you why:
Why is Showering in Hard Water Bad?
Contains minerals such as:
- Calcium- makes scalp dry and flaky
- Magnesium-takes away moisture and lustre from hair
- Iron-makes hair brittle
What is the damage from Hard Water?
- Split ends
- Premature greying of hair (a common sight among young people these days)
- Dry skin, rashes(even eczema in severe cases)
Why is Showering in Chlorinated Water Bad?
Chlorine has been used as a public water disinfectant for the last ~100 years, and it has undoubtedly been the most effective treatment for public consumption water.
Which means that if you have a municipality water supply, you most probably get chlorinated water.
What does that mean for you, though?
Dry skin and brittle hair. Chlorine gets absorbed by your skin and scalp when you shower in chlorinated water, and it sucks away all moisture, leaving your skin dry and hair brittle.
Wondering how much of an effect it has?
During a 15 min shower, a whopping 60% of the chlorine content in the water gets absorbed by the skin. That number is higher if you’re taking a hot shower where skin pores have opened up even further.
You’ll ingest less chlorine if you drink 4 L of chlorinated water in a day.
So much chlorine absorbed by your skin is extremely harmful. It strips all away the natural oils and bacteria. Ever noticed how your skin feels immediately dry 15 mins after a shower? That’s the chlorine at work.
And it’s even worse if it’s winters and you’re taking a hot shower.
Firstly, your skin will absorb even more chlorine than normal.
Secondly, hot water cause certain Volatile Organic Compounds(VOC’s) in chlorinated water to evaporate and become airborne. They are known to cause and/or aggravate respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, etc.
So, to recap- chlorine may cause you dry skin, brittle hair and respiratory illnesses.
Finally, there have even been limited studies pointing towards the cancer causing nature of chlorinated water. No conclusive evidence on that yet, though.
So What’s the Solution?
Having tried various home remedies and hard water hair loss solutions online which failed to work, I stumbled across this product on the internet.
CLEO SFW 815 – Shower Filter for Hard Water + Chlorinated Water
What is The CLEO Shower Filter Made Up Of?
It is made up of four layers which filter out impurities at different stages.
- The first layer mechanically filters out suspended micro-particles.
- The second layer reduces effect of hard water salts and lime-scale.
- The third layer reduces chlorine levels(upto 90%) and heavy metals like lead and mercury.
- The fourth layer is the nano-silver carbon layer which removes odor from the water and prevents bacterial growth.
How Does The CLEO Shower Filter Work?
The CLEO shower filter is made by using patented KDF technology. Going through the KDF website made the scientific process clear. I’ll explain it in lay-man terms:
The KDF media contains a unique proportion of Copper and Zinc which reacts with the impurities in hard water and filters them out. The process is called oxidation-reduction(redox).
This basically means that there is a reaction between oppositely charged particles which either creates a harmless component that gets passed on with the filtered water or that the harmful components react and form deposits on the filter medium, thus removing them from the water supply.
Why You Should buy the cLEO shower filter
Value for Money: Their website claims that a filter cartridge roughly lasts 25000 litres or roughly 6 months. This comes out to roughly 1 Rupee per 33 litres of water. Depending upon the hardness of the water in your area, it might be a little more or less than what they claim, but no significant difference.
- Easy to Install: It's an extremely easy to install, low maintenance item. It fits all standard 1/2" shower heads( a DIY kit is also included with the product.
Note: I can vouch for both points above. It's been 6 months that I've been using this product and I still don't feel the need to change the filter! Only doing so because it's recommended!
Hoped you liked my recommendation for the best shower filters for hard water in India! Have you used this product? It would mean a lot to me if you’d share how it worked for you in the comments below.
CLEO SFW 815
Removal of effects of Hard water and Chlorine9.6/10
- Stops hair damage due to hard water/chemicals
- Easy, DIY installation. All tools required included in the box
- Removes effects of hard water salts
- Removes chlorine upto 90%
- May need a water pump if water pressure is already low
- Recurring cost- cartridge will need to be changed every 6 months or so