Chlorine and Your Shower

“Taking long hot showers is a health risk, according to research presented last week in Anaheim, California, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Showers, and two lesser extent baths, leads to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contained in water supplies then does drinking the water. The chemicals evaporate out of the water and are inhaled. They can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others. House holders can receive six to 100 times more of the chemical by breathing the air around showers and bath than they would by drinking the water.” New Scientist 18 September 1986
Ian Anderson


A Showerhead Water Filter from Abbey Spring removes the chlorine from your shower.


“Studies indicate the suspect chemicals can also be inhaled and absorbed into the skin during shower and bathing.”

“Ironically, even the chlorine widely used to disinfect water produces Carcinogenic traces.”

“Those seven out of ten Americans drink chlorinated water, its safety over the long-term is uncertain.”

“Drinking chlorinated water may as much as doubled the risk of bladder cancer, which strikes 40,000 people a year.”

U.S News and World Report , July 29, 1991
Is Your Water Safe, the Dangerous State of Your Water


“A long, hot shower can be dangerous. The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations.”

Bottom Line, August, 1987
Dr. John Andelman, Ph.D.


“On the one hand, chlorination has freed civilization from the constant dangers of water born epidemics. On the other hand in the mid-1970s scientists discovered that chlorination could create carcinogens in water.”

“80 percent of the population drinks chlorinated water.”

“There was a higher incidence of cancer of the esophagus, rectum, breast, and larynx and of Hodgkin’s disease among those drinking chlorinated surface waters.”

“Volatile organics can evaporate from water in the shower or bath.”

“Conservative calculations indicate that inhalation exposures can be as significant as exposure from drinking water, that is, one can be exposed to just as much by inhalation during the shower as by drinking two liters of water a day.”

“People who shower frequently could be exposed through ingestion, inhalation and/or dermal absorption.”

Consumer Reports Book


“Skin absorption of contaminants has been underestimated and ingestion may not constitute the sole or even primary route of exposure.”

Dr. Halina Brown


“Shower Inc. is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water.”

Dr. Lance Wallace


“A professor of water chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh claims that exposure to vaporized chemicals in the water supplies through showering, bathing, and inhalation is 100 times greater than through drinking the water.”

“As chlorine is added to kill pathogenic microorganisms, the highly reactive chlorine combines with fatty acids and carbon fragments to form a variety of toxic compounds, which comprise about 30 percent of the chlorination by-products.”

“During the mid-1970s monitoring efforts began to identify widespread toxic contamination of the nations drinking water supplies, epidemiological studies began to suggest a link between ingestion of toxic chemicals in the water and elevated cancer mortality risks. Since those studies were completed a variety of additional studies have strengthened the statistical connection between consumption of toxins in water and elevated cancer risks. Moreover, this basic concern has been heightened by other research discoveries.”

Center for Study of Responsive Law


“The National Academy of Sciences estimate that 200 to 1,000 people die in the United States each year from cancers caused by ingesting contaminants in water. The major health threat posed by these pollutants is far more likely to be from their inhalation as air pollutants. The reason that emissions are high is that because water droplets dispersed by the shower head have a larger surface to value ratio than water streaming into the bath.”

SCIENCE NEWS, volume 130
Janet Raloff


“The cause of atherosclerosis and resulting heart attacks and strokes is non other than the ubiquitous chlorine in our drinking water.”

Dr. J.M. Price, M.D.


“In the vast majority of cases were germ free water is required whether for public supply, or in the swimming pool, the process of disinfection will involve the use of chlorine in one form or another.”

Dr. A. T. Palin, Ph.D. (O.B.E.)


“Chlorine gas was despicably used during World War I. When the war was over, the use of chlorine was diverted to poisoning germs and our drinking water. All water supplies throughout the country were chlorinated. The combination of chlorine (when in drinking water) and animal fats results in atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and death.”

Dr. N.W. Walker, DS