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Do you ever wonder what is really in your drinking water? When J started to show interest in drinking water from a cup, I was hesitant to let him try it. As an exclusively breastfed baby, he doesn’t need any additional water, but I really like to let him try new things he is interested in. I still limit his water intake to only a few ounces a day at most, but he really enjoys practicing drinking water out of his sippy cup! Needless to say, before I was willing to let him try it, I needed to do my research.
J loves drinking his “coffee” just like mama!
I set to find out just exactly what was really in that tap water we drink every day and I was not thrilled with what I found out.
I found out that our tap water is chlorinated (a toxic chemical) in order to be disinfected to remove all of the contamination and bacteria in it from the ground and reservoirs (think animal poop). Nitrates and fertilizer chemicals from run-off leak into the water supply, and if water comes into your home through old lead and copper pipes, which if your home was built before 1970 it probably does, those contaminants make their way into your drinking water as well.
You can reduce the amount of lead and copper in your tap water by following these tips:
- Drink it cold – warm and hot tap water is more likely to have higher lead and copper levels.
- Run it cold – run the water for a few seconds until the water comes out as cold as it can get. This will run out a lot of the chemicals and reduce the likelihood of high lead and copper levels.
- Smell it – if your water smells “metallic” contact your local public water works.
- Use a filter!
I also learned, to my surprise, that bottled water isn’t any safer! This is due to the fact that municipal water supplies are required to live up to much stricter standards than any bottled water company. Yikes.
I will be using a filter from now on!
So which filter should you use?
I’ve tried a number of filter pitchers in the past and none of them really seemed to stick. Some were too small, leaving us with only a few glasses of cold filtered water before we had to refill and wait for it to filter. Others went through filters too quickly to make it affordable. From first glance, I knew that the Clearly Filtered Pure Water Pitcher was a whole new kind of water filter pitcher. Not to mention, Clearly Filtered filters removes the most chemicals and contaminants of any other water filter products in the industry, has a filter life of over six months, and has the largest capacity of any other water pitcher that I have ever used.
When you first receive your Pure Water Pitcher, you need to start by flushing out the filter for a few minutes with your water faucet on low. This is because Clearly Filtered ships all of their filters dry. Flushing them out helps the water filter through just a bit faster. It’s not the fastest filter I have ever used, but it is also not the slowest. In a way, this is probably a good thing. It is filtering out all of the icky stuff you don’t want to end up in your drinking water. Once you have finished flushing out the filter, remove the red flushing disc, and screw the filter onto the bottom on the reservoir.
If you are still confused, here is a great how-to video:
Overall, my favorite things about the Clearly Filtered Pure Water pitcher is it’s 38 ounce storage capacity, it’s long filter life, and it’s ability to filter out contaminants better than any other filter. It holds enough water to ensure you always have cold, filtered water on hand but it is still small enough to fit nicely in your refrigerator door. The perfect size!
Am I making you thirsty?
Take a look at how Clearly Filtered compares to the competitors:
In the end, the Clearly Filtered Water pitcher passed the test in our house! Now we always have the cleanest (and coldest!) water possible on hand to stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!
Clearly Filtered offers a number of other products that give you the same awesome filtered water. Check out all of their products here.