Garden Hose Filtration Tips – How To Purify Garden Hose Water

Garden Hose Filtration Tips – How To Purify Garden Hose Water

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It’s a hot day and you are watering the garden. Taking aquick sip from the hoseto quench your thirst seems tempting but can also be dangerous. The hose itselfmay give off gas chemicals, carry bacteria, and irrigation water can be filledwith heavy metals. Filtering hose water can remove most of these problems andresult in pure, safe fluid.

Do Garden Hoses Need to be Filtered?

Studies have shown over 2,000 chemicals are found inmunicipal U.S. water supplies. Most of these are benign, although a few do havesome health implications and caneven affect plants. This raises the question, “do garden hoses need to befiltered?” That depends on the use you have for the water and what your cityputs into the supply.

In some regions, chemicals, like chlorine,are added to the local water. There can be other chemicals that result fromfertilizer run-off, factory waste, and even treatment plant contamination.Adding chlorine laced water to compost piles has been shown to kill beneficialmicroorganisms.

Additionally, the water from the hose has to travel throughrusty or contaminated pipes, which can carry toxins. The hose itself is likelymade from a plastic that could contain BPAs which are released when the hosegets warm in the sun.

The decision to install garden hose filtration is a personalone; however, do your own research to decide if exposure for your family andplants is worth the risk.

How to Purify Garden Hose Water

Some gardeners think that letting the water run for a fewminutes or letting it off gas in containers is a sufficient way of purifyinggarden hose water. This will definitely help but does not remove heavy metalsor certain other compounds.

Filtering hose water can remove up to half of thepotentially damaging chemicals, is easy, and economical. Garden hose filtrationsystems are widely available and come with several features. Most only removechlorine, but there are a few that do a better job at removing the more complexthreats.

Garden Hose Filter Types

A quick browse on your favorite search engine will revealnumerous filters. Some of the easiest filters for purifying garden hose waterare self-contained and simply screw onto the end of the hose. Some have a polyscreen that must be changed, while others use granularactivated charcoal.

Systems with carbon block filters have the ability to domore. They reduce chlorine and chloramine, reduce the presence of pesticides,heavy metals, and herbicides. Units with ion exchange technology can do evenmore. These claim to remove algae, bacteria, mold spores, lime scale, and manychemicals.

Using a hose that is not made of plastic and adding a filtercan improve garden hose water taste and make it safer for use.

Polyurethane Garden Hose vs. Rubber

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Of all the tools you need for gardening, your garden hose is one of the most important. Whether you are buying a garden hose for the first time or you are replacing an old hose, you will face many choices, from length to diameter to the material. While vinyl and rubber are the two main choices, polyurethane hoses are an option. When comparing rubber and polyurethane, each has its pros and cons.

Garden hose water. how bad is it?

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I'm not a beginner but I've been thinking about this for a LONG TIME and I'm sure others have too, that's why I'm posting it here. we're all new'bs no matter how long we've been brewing.

I brew outside as I've gone to all grain, HOWEVER I rent a house that has no outside tap. Carrying a big 10 gallon thin walled economy stainless pot with 8+ gallons of tap water out of the kitchen across a small deck, down 3 steps and out 15' to brew area is a PIMA! (and my hernia suffers later) while scrubbing out brew pot last weekend I thought. how bad could the garden hose be? I've marked my pot to 9 gallons, so much faster if I could just run the garden hose to it

then I remembered a few posts here, rubbery flavors, non food safe materials, mom saying "Don't Drink from the HOSE! You'll get sick!" Blah Blah Blah. (lol I never got sick. water tasted funny, but meh, I was a kid.

That being said. what about a well flushed garden hose ran for 10 min + how long is it really in the hose? a few seconds at best?

What a bout one of those clear or green coiled hoses dedicated just to brew water and not left outside to bake in the sun?

thoughts. I'm liking the dedicated coil hose idea, don't think I want to use my 3 year old garden hose. If I can find clear again to monitor algae growth if any.

Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Kit

Get the Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Canister and all its accessories in one comprehensive package!

The Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Kit includes everything you need for a one-step, in-line filtration system. Unfiltered water from an outdoor spigot can contain a number of things you wouldn't knowingly put on your vehicle. Yet, without any type of filtration system, you are washing your vehicle in unclean water.

Both city water and well water contain minerals and sediment. Minerals cause water spots. Sediment is responsible for micro-marring. Even if you take every possible precaution to protect your vehicle's paint from swirls and water spots, you're still leaving it completely vulnerable if you don't have a water filter.

Minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium, are what constitute "hard water". Hard water is responsible for water spots, poor-lathering shampoo, and that green ring around your bathtub. The calcium and magnesium actually harden inside pipes (called "scale") and on other surfaces, including your vehicle. When you rinse with hard water, you could be dousing your vehicle with hard mineral deposits. The only way to prevent hard water deposits is with a water softener.

Setting up your new Spot Free Water De-Ionizer System is simple! Start by inserting the Spot Free Water Deionizer Cartridge into the canister and using the included wrench to tighten the lid.
Then, attach your hose (purchased separately or as a part of the different kits offered). Once assembled, attach the mounting brackets to the top - this allows you to securely attach your Spot Free Water De-Ionzer System to your garage wall, exterior fence, or even your mobile detailing unit!

The Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Kit includes:

1 Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Canister
Keep your wash water perfectly clean with this easy-to-install, in-line hose filter. It installs between two hoses to filter sediment out of the water and to soften the water. Brass hose-adapter fittings ensure long-lasting performance. The sturdy plastic canister allows you to see when the sediment filter needs changing. The entire unit is 12 inches tall and about 4 inches at its widest point. It includes a wrench to assist in changing the cartridges and a mounting bracket.

1 Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Cartridge
This cartridge neutralizes calcium and magnesium in the water, thereby eliminating hard water. Your car shampoo will lather better and your vehicle will be free of those nasty water spots. This cartridge can be renewed and reused indefinitely.

A water softener works by replacing the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions. Sodium ions are "soft". They don't produce scale and they don't stain. They change the actual texture of the water, making it feel "slippery". This causes water to sheet off the vehicle more effectively. Water that remains on the vehicle will not leave spots.

3 Ft. Hose
Installation of one Clear Inline Hose Filter Canister requires two hoses. Insert the 3 ft. hose between the spigot and the filter. This small hose makes the installation look neat and tidy because thereпїЅs no long hose to coil up. From the filter, connect your regular hose to complete installation.

2 Microfiber Detailing Towels, 16" x 16"
Constructed of the finest quality microfibers, the detailing towels set the standard with an outstanding 80/20 blend of polyester/polyamide filament, woven so densely they boast over 200,000 strands of fiber per square inch of fabric! These strands are nearly invisible to the naked eye, and are 100 times smaller than a human hair! Use these cloths for cleaning, buffing, and wiping away wax.

The Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Kit is your solution to water spots and micro-marring produced during washing. Remember, if you're washing your vehicle with unfiltered water, you could unknowingly be pouring hard water scale or sediment on the paint finish. This simple, in-line filtration system is an easy way to eliminate the threat of unclean wash water.

Kit includes:
1 Spot Free Water De-Ionizer Canister
1 Water Softener Filter Cartridge
3 Ft. Hose
2 Microfiber Detailing Towels, 16 x 16 inches

A total retail value of $121.93. Save $16.94!


* This list has been updated since first posting it, as further tests found lead in even options that call themselves “lead safe.” PLEASE NOTE that just because the ones I listed tested as safe, others by the same brands did not, so stick to the exact ones on the list! Raising Natural Kids is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to,, and any other website that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program. We only ever link to products we use in our own homes.

**” is based on research conducted by environmental health organizations and other researchers around the country. The Ecology Center created and leads its research and development. The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future.”

“Chemicals in Hoses Leach Water, Study Finds.” May 2012. Web. April 26, 2012.

“Don’t Drink the Water: Study Warns Drinking From Garden Hose.” CBS News. June, 2012.


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Funny how you never answered my question and ultimately decided to change your choice to the very hose I researched and picked out for my family. Anyway, just wanted to drop back by to let you know how much we’ve loved our water right hose all summer long and we ordered directly from water right and paid extra for the stainless fittings vs. the brass.

Is there a hose sprayer that you like? We are getting the hose that you said was your choice….”water right polyurethane” thank u.

Hi, is there any specific reason Water Right hoses are not included in this list as a safe option? I’m a mom of four seeking out a safe hose for my kids to use this summer. Please let me know your thoughts on this brand as I’m seriously considering it. Thanks

Dawn I’m looking for a safe nontoxic hose my toddlers can play with in the backyard, and occasionally drink from it – because we all know it’s going to happen.

so yes, then a food grade one is best.

Do you have a recommendation for a food grade one?

Dawn I’m looking for a safe nontoxic hose my toddlers can play with in the backyard, and occasionally drink from it – because we all know it’s going to happen.

Is this still the safest hose now that it’s 2017?

Do you update your articles frequently?

I update links and articles as I get new information. Yes, this is a good one!

Is it the best one you know of or is there a better one I should purchase? Also, the stainless steal hose nozzle you recommend in the comments that one still a great choice?

Thank you so much for your help! It’s greatly appreciated.

Hi! I would do this one: and yes to the stainless steal hose nozzle!

Now that I’ve gathered all my notes…It was my understanding it should be a drinking hose is that not the case?

What are you looking for – one for the garden, to water the lawn, to fill kids pools? That will help determine it…

Have you heard anything on the clear flow water hose?

Making Healthier, Safer Garden Hoses a Reality

“We decided to focus on function and happy customers, not cost.” — Jeff Thomas (Co-Founder of family-run Water Right Inc.)

Jeff and Katrina Thomas are making garden hoses you can drink out of–without consuming a potentially toxic suite of chemicals. The couple started Water Right in 2008 with the goal of developing a hose superior to any others on the market. Jeff, who recently spoke with, says the company was formed after years of brainstorming and prototype testing to create a “dream hose.”

Having been employed in the plastics industry, Jeff was aware of the safety issues that plagued traditional garden hoses and became convinced that a much better product could be made. He and Katrina set out to make the garden hose that nobody else was making, a hose that was “good for people,” as he says: a safe, long-lasting, American-made product.

Today, in addition to being extremely durable and easy to handle, Water Right’s hoses are free of toxic lead, bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. tested over 100 hoses in 2012 and 2013 and found that many are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which contains a range of hazardous additives. Many of the hoses contained lead and/or brominated flame retardants. Some hoses were tested specifically for phthalate plasticizers and were found to contain at least one of the phthalate varieties banned in children’s products in the United States.

Perhaps most alarmingly, water held in tested hoses also showed levels of phthalates and BPA that exceed drinking water standards, demonstrating that these additives migrate from the hose into the water it contains. Garden hoses can thus expose us (and our pets) to harmful chemicals when we water vegetable gardens or play in a sprinkler.

When the Ecology Center released its garden-hose study results in 2013, Water Right hoses were among those that tested positive for lead. In Water Right’s case, lead was in the metal fitting. Jeff Thomas took these results to heart and immediately started drafting ideas to redesign the fitting and make his product lead-free. Jeff was in contact with the Ecology Center throughout the process and made sure that each potential solution he employed was tested for lead and other toxic metals.

The story of the Water Right hose shows how companies can use consumer concerns and chemical test results to better their product. The flexible plastic used to manufacture a Water Right hose is food contact-grade polyurethane that provides long-term durability and is drinking water safe. This means the hoses meet regulatory standards for vessels we can drink from.

The metal fittings and connectors on the hose are selected to have the lowest possible lead content available — over 99.9% lead-free as verified by and another independent lab — and are double-plated with nickel and chrome for extra assurance that they will not leach any lead.

Finally, the long life of a Water Right hose means it will not deteriorate and end up in the trash in a few years like a traditional garden hose.

The reception of Water Right hoses has been resoundingly positive. Endorsements have rolled in from the gardening world retailers are taking notice and are seeking out Water Right for its reputation as the safest and best garden hose on the market. According to Jeff, this reputation has grown by a mostly organic process, driven by word of mouth. A consumer base increasingly informed and concerned about toxic exposures has generated great momentum for the company.

Katrina and Jeff, however, are not content to rest on their success in designing and marketing their hoses. They have ambitious plans for Water Right, as they plan on targeting other products related to water that can be made not only better performing but also safer for humans and our shared environment.

What hose nozzle do you recommend that would be safe? There are an endless sea of options available. After you select the correct hose, I don’t want to contaminate the water by using a spray nozzle.

Best In-Line Water Hose Filter for your Organic Garden

Organic Gardening

If you are here probably you are entering the organic food world, but first, let’s go through one more time about the concept of organics

‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. “

What we know about organics is that they are safer, possibly more nutritious, and often better tasting than non-organic food. They also say organic production is better for the environment and kinder to animals. But not everything is flowers, and unfortunately, the organic food price can be very salty if you know what I mean. What many people are doing to be able to make organic food part of their lives is planting their organic garden themselves.

Organic gardening means you won’t use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and that includes the chemicals and contaminants that can contaminate your garden thought common water irrigation. I bet you haven’t thought of that, right? You must be thinking about what to do now, well, we have an easy and cheap solution for you: install a hose water filter!

Does water from the hose have chlorine?

If your water comes from a public sanitation system, it is possible to have chlorine in it, this chemical is very effective at eliminating harmful pathogens. That’s why most of the water suppliers use it.

Can you filter hose water?

Of course, you can! A hose filter can be attached to any conventional garden hose thread. You can use that water for irrigating your garden and organics and any other outdoor needs for cleaner water, you may also drink it if you want! The filter works by removing herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, chloramines, and chlorine.

Now that you know how to solve your problems, we are going to help you find your best hose water filter, the one with the best cost and efficiency.

The 6 Best Hose Water Filters of 2020

1) AquaOx DF 7 Garden Hose Filter (Editor’s Top Pick)
  • Superior Taste and Protection
  • Protects Against Bacteria and Viruses
  • Kills and Removes Cryptosporidium, Legionella and other harmful viruses
  • Extra Large Capacity 100,000 gallons of use!
  • Reduces: Bad Taste, Odors, Chlorine and Sediment in Drinking Water
  • Safe water matters: GAC (Granular Activated Carbon) filtration greatly reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine, and sediment
  • Made in the USA: Product is made in the USA
2) Camco 40043 TastePure RV/Marine Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
  • Protects Against Bacteria
  • Reduces: Bad Taste, Odors, Chlorine and Sediment in Drinking Water
  • Safe water matters: GAC (Granular Activated Carbon) filtration greatly reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine, and sediment
  • Large capacity filtration: Large capacity in line water filter lasts an average of 3 months
  • Multiple Uses: Can be attached to any standard gardening or water hose to provide healthier drinking water and cleaner water overall. Great for RVs, boats, campers, pets, gardening, and much more
  • 20 micron sediment filter: Removes particles greater than 20 microns
  • Protects against bacteria: Premium KDF provides protection against bacteria growth while filter is stored or not in use
  • Includes: Flexible hose protector to reduce strain on connections while minimizing kinking
  • Low Lead Certified: Compliant with all federal and state level low lead laws. CSA low lead content certified to NSF/ANSI 362
  • Made in the USA: Product is made in the USA
3) Twinkle Star Sediment Filter Attachment Line Water Hose Filter
  • Garden Hose Filter: 3/4 Inch Line water hose filter includes inline hose filter with 100 mesh and 40 mesh screen, extra 2 hose washers. Water hose inline filter connects to pressure washer inlet. Maximum pressure up to 80psi(551.58kpa), Minimum size of filtered particles: 450μ.
  • Powerful Functions: The garden hose attachment essential for household filtering sediment or impurities from faucets. The iron garden hose filter helps protect your pressure washer leaking from the waste water before they reach your pump pressure washer.
  • Easy to Install: Connect one end of the line water hose filter for garden hose to water inlet of your pressure washer or water faucet outside. Connect the garden hose on the other side of the fixture.
  • 2 Mesh Screen: Our hose filter offer 2 mesh screen – 100 mesh and 40 mesh. we provide two kinds of filter screen for you to choose . Many other sellers offer only 40 mesh one that only can be captured some large debris.
4) Garden Hose Filter – Removes Chlorine, Chloramines, VOCs, & Pesticides/Herbicides

  • Removes Chlorine, Chloramines, VOCs, and Pesticides/Herbicides
  • Attaches onto any standard garden hose, up to 10,000 Gallons
  • No KDF that has antibacterial properties and copper. ONLY Powerful Catalytic Carbon.
  • Made in the USA and great product for children, gardeners, and pets
  • **Not designed for fish tanks or ponds. No testing has been done for this purpose.**

5) AQUA CREST Inline Water Filter, Dedicated for Car Washing, Window & Yard Cleaning,

  • MULTI-FILTRATION: Unlike the single filtration that other brands provide, our upgraded composite car wash filter contains superior resin, GAC and KDF. Several stages of filtration efficiently remove harmful elements such as chlorine, aluminum, cadmium, magnesium, iron, lead, mercury and other heavy metals, as well as sediments. This filtered water will better protect the paintwork of your car.
  • EFFICIENT CLEANING: The AQUACREST inline car wash water filter boosts the power of your detergent, and effectively reduces water spots caused by air-dried minerals after you wash your car or clean your yard. The result is saved time and effort. The 5-micron filter aperture can efficiently filter out impurities and produce quality water. The upgraded formula prolongs the filter’s service life and storage, thereby ensuring long-lasting, clean, and hygienic use.
  • MEETING YOUR OUTDOOR NEEDS: Professionally developed for outdoor cleaning, the filter is ideal for car washing, window washing, yard and fence cleaning. It also fits pressure washers. To save money, use this filter to wash your vehicle instead of relying on expensive car washing services. In addition, the upgraded filter is smaller and lighter than the traditional filter, so you won’t need a cart and activating resin. The filter is easy to use and can meet your daily needs.
  • ADDING HOSE PROTECTOR: The anti-kink flexible hose protector can prevent the water pipe joint from twisting. The result is smoother flowing water and a better filtration experience. The protector can also prevent the water pipe joint from damage and improve the service life of the filter, saving you money in the long run.
  • PERFECTLY FITTING YOUR EQUIPMENT AND LONG-LASTING SERVICE LIFE: The inline car wash filter fits any standard 3/4″ garden hose thread. The durable inline water filter can fully meet your outdoor water needs for 3 months. You’ll enjoy clean and fresh water while protecting the paintwork of your car and beautifying your yard.

6) USA Adventure Gear’s 3 in 1 Inline Water Filter

The USA Adventure Gear Inline Garden hose filter is a cut above all other inline water filters. Here are the specs:

  • Highest Level Of Protection: USA Adventure Gear’s 3 in 1 inline water filter offers the highest level of protection from water impurities with 3 levels of protection. No other inline filter on the market offers this protection.
  • Most Filtering Capacity On the Market: While the competition inline filters last 3-4 months and less than 5000 gallons, Our 3 in 1 inline water filter last up to a year, or 25,000 gallons.
  • Use Fewer Filters: 4 of their filters equals 1 of ours: Eliminates excess waste.
  • Filter More Water At a Faster Rate: Filter up to 5 gallons per minute.
  • Better Protection. Better Tasting Water: Our 3 in 1 inline water filter provides great tasting water with greater peace of mind.

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  • Removes Chlorine, Chloramines, VOCs, and Pesticides/Herbicides
  • Attaches onto any standard garden hose, up to 10,000 Gallons
  • No KDF that has antibacterial properties and copper. ONLY Powerful Catalytic Carbon.
  • Made in the USA and great product for children, gardeners, and pets
  • **Not designed for fish tanks or ponds. No testing has been done for this purpose.**

How do you make a garden hose filter?

If you are a DIYer, check here how you can do it yourself and guarantee the safeness of your future food. Check out the Boogie Blue Hose Water Filter

John from Grow Your Own Greens will show how easily you can install an in-line water filter. In this episode you will learn about two different water filters that can be easily used for a drip irrigation system or to water your organic garden with your water hose.

Watch the video: Garden Hose Water Filter.. Why Gardeners Need One!