My first encounter with non potable water was on a humanitarian trip to Peru when I was 15 years old. Back then, all I was told was “don’t even brush your teeth with the water… you’ll get the runs!” I had no clue what it meant or why it was important. Now, I have two little babies and their future is my priority. From what they eat to what we put on their skin, it all matters!
Keeping them hydrated in itself is a huge undertaking. Heck, keeping myself hydrated is hard enough! Then taking it a step further and making sure it’s clean water, and we are not killing the planet with a million water bottles a week or breaking the bank.. whew! that’s hard work; ok, NO IT’S NOT! It simply takes a little effort.
Clean water was already on my radar, and since we move frequently the water ratings are obviously different based on where we are. Instead of causing myself more anxiety, I avoid looking up the water testings for where we live and instead I triple filter. Yep, you read that right: TRIPLE.
Here’s how it goes:
- Step One: put a filter on your kitchen sink, like this one: click here OR use your refrigerator filter & make sure you replace filter often. These both remove minimal contaminants.
- Step Two: use water from one of the previously mentioned sources to fill a tank like one of these: Pur — ProPur — or a pitcher.
- Step Three (this one is my favorite): use GoPure Pods! These little guys can be used for about 6 months at a time and the ability to have them on go (think public water fountains) is a game changer. I keep one in everyone’s drinking cups/water bottles. You can find them here on Amazon or direct for gopurepod.com. Use my code STSB20 for 20% off your order. *choking hazard for littles so keep in sealed cup!
*Full disclosure, I am actually pretty lax and on the inexpensive end in these steps. You can take it to the next level and get filtered water from your local grocery store (at the refill stands not buying more bottles!) or buying full filter systems like this. Check out this site and do your own research to see the best ways for your family!
One of the reasons this is so important to me is because of findings like this: READ THIS ARTICLE. Until we can trust our water quality, we have to do what we can on our own to protect our bodies.