If you’ve purchased a water filter to get rid of contaminants, you’ve most likely done so for your drinking water, but not for the water in other areas of your home such as your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room. Can less-than-pure water possibly harm us not only through direct ingestion, but also through contact to our body and belongings? There are many areas of your home that can benefit from a water filtration system.

Drinking Water

Not only will filtering your drinking water prevent chemicals from entering your body but it will also make the water taste better. Not to mention, you’ll be saving money on bottled water while helping out the environment by not using all that plastic.


If you wash your dishes with potentially contaminated or less-than-ideal well water, the chemicals or ‘well funk’ will be on your plates and utensils and will therefore end up on your food. Filtered water in the kitchen won’t only give you a cleaner meal, but also a better tasting one. Using uncontaminated water improves the flavor of pasta, soup, coffee and tea.

Laundry room

Filtering the water you use to do your laundry prevents any chemicals or well-water odors from becoming embedded in your clothing. Your clothes will last longer, maintain their colors more effectively and feel softer. You’ll also save money on detergent since you won’t need to use as much.


Showering and bathing in tainted or hard water could have harmful effects on your body such as irritated skin and brittle hair. Also, as you clean yourself in hot water, any chemicals in it are released into the air. Filtering your bath water will prevent you from breathing these chemicals in and will also give you softer skin and silkier hair.

Do you have any other suggestions for filtering water in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Angelo DiGangi is a Home Depot “on the floor” sales associate and a regular contributor to Home Depot’s website. Angelo’s interests include providing tips on water filtration systems and water softeners for the home. Angelo also writes for homeowners on topics ranging from bathroom vanities to doors and windows.