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I'm embarrassed to have bought this.
on April 9, 2013
At our last house we had a shower filter to reduce the chlorine, so when we moved to a rental just a couple minutes away that didn't have chlorine filtration, I immediately noticed a difference. I knew I wanted to filter bath water for me and for my baby, but since we're only at this rental for a few months I thought it would be great to use this bath ball because it's easier than trying to remove a shower head that has been attached for 20+ years, and I don't actually know if we're allowed modifying that anyway.
So, I was expecting a little bit of a hassle, because I knew I was going to have to swirl this around in the tub before I got in the water, and I felt okay about that commitment.
When it arrived, my husband laughed at me. There's no way that is going to make much of a difference, he said. I told him there had been good reviews online, and I pointed to the package insert that claimed that it could change "up to 100%" of the chlorine. But when I read that, my husband laughed, and I knew why. It would have been one thing if it said 96% or even 99.9998% of the chlorine, but really? 100%...that doesn't sound like a very scientific figure for such a rudimentary filtration method. And, "up to" is such a suspicious term--of course, it is going to vary depending on whether you swirl and swoosh it around enough...but, if you've ever stopped into a store that's having a sale UP TO 80% OFF and found that most items are full price or 5% off and only a couple ultra-clearance items are actually very discounted...you understand that "up to" doesn't mean much of anything.
Still, the reviews were good, right, so I was expecting to have positive results. I write lots of reviews and I trust other reviewers, so I had a lot of faith in that. So what if I didn't have a 100% experience, or even a 85% improvement. If the water was noticeably better, say, 25% improved, I would have to consider that a success, since any reduction in the amount of chlorine that we're breathing and soaking in is a good thing. I expected at least that.
So, I faithfully followed the instructions. I swooshed and swirled, for longer than the package even said to, and let it toss around in the bath too, for the enhanced results that it promised in the information that came with it.
I did this for 4 or 5 baths.
I did not notice any difference in our baths at all, except that I felt kind of awkward hanging out by the tub nakedly wanting to climb in my bath and doing the boring exercise of swishing. So I tried filtering while clothed instead and found that small splashes got my sleeves wet, which was even less comfortable.
The vapor still smelled like chlorine. The water still felt bad and left my skin extra dry.
So, I tried some other things. I tried a couple baths where I dangled it under the faucet (not recommended!) while the water was running, because some reviewers had mentioned success with that. Nope. I tried removing the ball cage so that the mesh bag could come into more contact with more water and maybe potentially filter more. Nope.
I have to conclude that there is really no difference.
I told my husband that it turned out that it didn't work. He wasn't surprised. I was disappointed that my experience didn't prove him wrong, and even more disappointed that our water is still totally chlorinated.
I'm not bothering to use this anymore. It isn't worth the hassle and it doesn't do anything. I'm embarrassed that I thought it would work, because it seems like kind of a dumb idea if you think about it. How many tiny tiny particles must be in the water, and what is the mathematical probability that they will come into contact with the metal scrubby pad inside the mesh? Pretty unlikely, I would guess.
It seems like it would be nice to have a non-shower solution that works, and I know chlorine is bad for us...but don't waste your money on this! Sloshing it around the tub for as long as you are supposed to is not as convenient as it sounds, and I cannot report even the slightest improvement. I think the best option may be to fill the bath with a shower that filters, unless you can get a reverse osmosis system.
(I almost never return items or give items 1 star, but I wish I could return this, because otherwise I'm just going to throw it away. Do places accept used returns? I've never done that before. Maybe I'll check.)