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Mike Yanke

About Mike Yanke

Mike Yanke is the lead content developer for the FridgeFilters.com blog. A Certified Water Specialist, recognized by the Water Quality Association since 2014, Mike shares tips, insight and advice that help ensure his readers enjoy the cleanest tasting, highest quality drinking water possible.

3 Ways To Guarantee Great Tasting Drinking Water On The Road!

Plan For Clean Drinking Water When Vacation PlanningAt FridgeFilters.com, we take pride in the fact that our filters keep the drinking water in your home tasting clean, fresh and cool. But like you, we occasionally like to get out of our homes, especially as we get into the tail end of summer – dangerously close to back to school season.

We suspect we are also similar in the sense that when you leave your home, whether for a quick hike, camp or cross-country road trip, you want to be able to enjoy the same great tasting drinking water you get at home. Fortunately, our online store specializes in more than just fridge filters. Below, find three products that we proudly offer, each of which will ensure you only drink great tasting drinking water while out and about:

Filtered Water Bottle 2-Pack From Brita1. Brita Filtered Water Bottles – the fact that we are drinking a record amount of bottled water in this country is great from a hydration stand-point, but not so great when that eco-unfriendly bottle needs to be disposed of. That said, if you’re just off on a quick walk, hike or drive, a plastic bottle of water seems like an ideal companion. Until, of course, you meet the Brita filtered water bottles we offer.

These eco-friendly water bottles, pictured to the right, are free of BPA and offer you the same great tasting water you’ve come to expect from your fridge – whether you serve water from a dispenser or a pitcher. Even better, at less than $20 for a 2-pack, these bottles will pay for themselves almost immediately! Order Brita filtered water bottles from us online.

2. Katadyn Camping Filters – As great as a filtered water bottle is, sometimes a longer trip will require a filtration solution with just a bit more capacity. Fortunately, with our selection of products from Katadyn, we’ve got you covered for these lengthier excursions.

Katadyn Vario MicrofilterKatadyn is one of the most well-known providers of camping filters and filtration systems, and their products include the Vario microfilter to the left, featuring a filter life of 530 gallons. Katadyn camping filters are lightweight, easy to pack and effective at removing up to 99% of bacteria and viruses that can lurk in untreated water. A must-have for any serious outdoorsman or outdoorswoman! Order Katadyn camping filters from us online.

3. Culligan RV Water Filters – Whether you are a cross-country road tripper or a ‘glamper,’ there’s absolutely no reason your recreational vehicle should leave your driveway unless it’s ready to serve great tasting drinking water.

Before driving off, check out our selection of RV filters from Culligan. Our offerings include both exterior and inline filters, ensuring water is clean both when it fills your tank and pours from your faucet. Order Culligan RV filters from us online.

Just in case you’re leaving for that late summer trip in the next week, these and all products available at our online store ship same day, if ordered by 4pm CST.

If you have more ways to ensure you always have great tasting drinking water on the road, I invite you to share your story via a comment below. I also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or +1 us on Google+ to stay up to date on our latest water filter sales and discounts.

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Replace Your Fridge Filters Today, Get Ready For Back To School Season Tomorrow

Back To School Season - Coming SoonAt FridgeFilters.com, historically, August and September have been slower months. The reason? Per numerous comments from our customers over the years, when it’s time to send the kids back to school, a lot of other necessary errands simply get pushed to the side. One of these errands just happens to be replacing fridge filters.

At issue with this is more than just dealing with less-than-perfect water quality for a few extra weeks (although, why deal with this if you don’t have to?) But rather, the risk is that this period of a few extra weeks can quickly become a few extra months, as the end of back to school season runs smack dab into the middle of a whole host of business, including:

Remembering to revisit one errand that you’ve put off is easy enough, but trying to lump that one errand into an already overflowing schedule is something else entirely.

Today’s post is for those of you due to replace your fridge filter anytime between now and October. Rather than struggling to remember this critical errand while in the middle of back to school season, or forcing this errand out into an already busy autumn, let’s get it taken care of today.

In fact, we’ll even help you justify this earlier than needed purchase by offering you 10% off between now and next Monday, July 28th. Simply use the code ‘Back2School’ at check-out when buying online. You may also share this code with one of our customer service reps when buying over the phone at 800-683-8353.

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Stay Hydrated For These Late Summer Happenings

Summer Dehydration DoldrumsIt’s that time of year.

We look forward to the fall, while summer temperatures continue to increase.

Every last trip we plan, whether to the beach or the deep into the Great Outdoors, may just be the last of the year.

And while we may be thirsty, the seasonal doldrums make it more difficult to focus on what we need to do in order to stay hydrated.

If we’ve made it past Independence Day, but are still too far away to consider ourselves in the ‘dog days,’ it’s safe to say that many of us may find ourselves in the summer doldrums.

While this is a great time of year to give ourselves an excuse to be a little lazy, we never want this peaceful malaise to get in the way of all-important hydration.

After all, we still have a lot to look forward to, including:

2014 All Star Game1. MLB All-Star Game – the one All-Star Game in all four major professional sports that matters, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played tonight (July 15th) in our home base of Minneapolis, MN.

Whether you plan to attend the game in person, or watch it from the comfort of your clean air-conditioned home, drinking enough water throughout the day will ensure you can stay awake through the inevitable late end without feeling like a zombie the next day.

2. That Last Camping Trip of the Season – that last camping trip of the season is a great time to create memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, it’s also a great time for Mother Nature to create harmful algae blooms in major waterways found around campsites, including the Great Lakes.

Algae bloom or no algae bloom, you can never be sure what type of water quality conditions or shortages you may run into when leaving the comfort of your home. To ensure you stay hydrated in even the most unexpected and inhospitable outdoors conditions, we would highly recommend browsing our selection of camping or RV filters, prior to your trip.

Stay Hydrated For Football Practice3. Football Camp – in late summer, football players at nearly every level – from high school to pro – will have reported to their respective camps. A sport more suited to be played in brisker fall temperatures, there have been far too many unfortunate and tragic incidents related to dehydration of players simply not accustomed to the summer conditions. (Our own Korey Stringer comes immediately to mind.)

If you are reporting to camp, or know someone that is, remember to always have or insist upon having a source of hydration close by. We can even help with our robust selection of eco-friendly water bottles, found here.

4. Month Three of Dry Air Conditioned Air – this time of year, it can be difficult to stay hydrated, even if you forgo those last outings in favor of the Great Indoors. The reason why is that air conditioned air can be very dry, despite being quite comfortable temperature-wise. If you prefer to be a homebody this time of the summer, be sure that you have what you need on hand – from water bottles to those replacement fridge filters you need – to help you stay hydrated in the face of dry indoor air.

Stay Hydrated When You Go Back To School5. Back to School! – while the official calendar may still say it’s summertime, the school calendar says it’s time to come back. Whether you are a parent breathing a sigh of relief, or a student getting prepped, remember that one of the keys to staying smart is to stay hydrated. But don’t just take our slightly biased word for it.  Dr. Philippa Norman shares how hydration is key to brain health on her site, here.

To help ensure your whole family is able to stay hydrated during back to school season, check out our selection of water bottles (linked here, once again) – or simply ensure that all filters in your home are ready to handle back to school hydration duties by finding the entire range of filters you need at our online store.

What else do you do to ensure you stay hydrated in late summer, and just as importantly, what late summer events do you ensure you stay hydrated for? I invite you to share, via a comment below.

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Is The Safety Of My Fridge Water Impacted By Floods?

Flood Waters Impact Drinking Water SafetySeveral parts of the country, including our home state of Minnesota, have recently been deluged by rainstorms leading to significant issues with flooding. Part of the coverage related to this flooding, including stories published in both Minnesota and Missouri, has centered on the impact flood waters have on the safety of local drinking water.

This leads to perhaps the most important question of all, and one that we’ve heard from some FridgeFilters.com customers, is my drinking water safe?

In answering this question, we first need to determine where the drinking water dispensed by your fridge first originates from.

If your water comes from your municipality, ie ‘city water,’ the answer is very likely ‘yes.’ In the event of any contamination issues with local drinking water, cities will issue a boil water alert or advisory. Fortunately, most municipalities are quite good at being overly cautious in issuing these alerts if there is even a small chance of bacteria entering into a water supply (ie due to a sudden loss of water pressure or work on a water main.)

That said, there are notable recent exceptions, in both Portland, Oregon and Wake Forest, North Carolina where alerts were not issued quickly enough – leading to some residents reporting sickness and nausea.WellSafe Well Water Test Kit

The lesson that can be taken from this is that if there is ever a question on the safety of your municipal water, or worse, an ‘off’ taste or odor – boiling water prior to consuming or drinking only bottled water is advisable until a test can be conducted. Affordable DIY water test kits, available on our site here, can provide much of the data you need to make an initial determination.

If your fridge water originates from a private well, the issue is a little bit more involved, simply because every private well is different.

The stories linked to at the top of this post discuss the primary issue with well water safety as it relates to flooding: flood waters carry with them any number of contaminants, impurities and pathogens. As flood waters transform into run-off, they can quickly infiltrate wells, carrying all of these impurities with them.

If the water dispensed by your fridge is contaminated with pathogenic impurities, and face only the carbon filter in your fridge prior to pouring into your glass, these pathogens will still be present – for the simple reason that carbon filters are typically not designed to reduce bacteria.

Our advice for anyone living in flooded areas is this:

-          If you are a city water user, monitor the water news or reports in your area closely. Boil water alerts will typically be communicated through major news outlets.

-          If you are a well water user, test your water with a DIY well water kit as soon as possible. Even if your water test indicates that it is safe, our recommendation is still to flush your filtration systems and replace any filters in your home after all flood waters have subsided, to reduce any risk of being exposed to pathogens that may be trapped somewhere in your filters or system.

-          If there is even the smallest question related to the safety of your water, or any off flavor or odors, boil your water or use bottled water until a test can be completed. Alerting a rep from your local water company to your concerns may help expedite a formal lab test.

We also invite you to contact us directly with any additional questions at 1-800-683-8353 or to leave a question via a comment below.

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Is Your Fridge Filter Ready For Father’s Day?

Dad Has The Clean Water He NeedsTypically, whether your fridge filter is used with well water or city water, replacement guidelines will instruct you to change it every six months. But as we have noted previously, water usage is a big factor that can influence your filter’s lifespan.

As we move deeper into summer, it’s likely that your water and ice usage has increased significantly, as graduation parties, get-togethers and socials have taxed the fridge filter you trust to keep your drinking water clean and your ice clear.

Which brings us to where we are now. Late summer, after several events have come and gone, we are rapidly approaching a holiday that receives far too little attention: Father’s Day.

Notoriously difficult to shop for, most dads leave very few clues as to just what the perfect Father’s Day gift really is (side note: if we had to guess, we’d probably start by looking here.) While we can only venture a guess as to the perfect gift for your dad, we’d feel far more safe in making the assumption that dad just wants everything in the home to work properly on his big day. In other words, the minor annoyances and embarrassments should be held for one of the year’s other 364 days.

This is where fridge filters comes into play. On dad’s big day, the last thing you want marring it is the extremely avoidable issue of drinking water that tastes chlorinated, metallic or gritty. This goes double if dad expects company and triple if this water and ice will be served up in coffee and cocktails.

Today is Tuesday, July 10th – T-minus 5-days from Father’s Day. Our site offers nearly every fridge filter your refrigerator model could possibly need, including our own affordably priced private brand designed for all major manufacturers. We can even get you the filters you need by the end of this week, courtesy of our expedited shipping options.

If your fridge filter is just on the brink of replacement, we encourage you to browse the selection available on our site, using the filter finder found on our home page.

As we race towards a holiday that deserves more attention, celebrating the man that wants little more than some peace and quiet, good food, friends and drinks, ensure you’ve got the clean water on hand that you need to make this ultimate wish come true.

If you need help finding the right fridge filter for your needs, please feel free to call our customer service team at 800-683-8353.

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How Often Should I Replace My Fridge Filter If I Use Well Water?

Modern Kitchen Using Well WaterWhether you order a fridge filter from Maytag, Whirlpool, GE or Tier1, you will undoubtedly see some note on the filter box or packaging instructing you to replace it once about every six months.

Of course, the six months is just a guideline that can be adjusted based on your ‘water quality and usage.’

Water usage is fairly easy to wrap your head around.  If you have a larger family or household, you’ll use more water, which will naturally decrease the lifespan of your fridge filter.  Water quality, on the other hand is a bit more complex of a variable.  Especially for well water users.

Well Water Users Face Uniquely Personal Challenges With Sediment & Water Quality

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Fridge filters, like the Maytag UKF8001 are primarily designed to reduce contaminants that impact taste and odor, and can become clogged with heavy sediment common in well water

Unlike their counterparts that use municipal or city water, well water users typically experience far more issues with sediment, ranging from dirt, to sand, to silt.

Carbon filters, which all fridge filters are, help to reduce taste and odor issues – primarily from chlorine – which is typically not an issue with well water.

Further, these filters can actually clog quite easily when filtering different types of sediment, leading to everything from gritty water to slow pouring.

To answer the question posed above, your fridge filter may only effectively perform for half of its life expectancy if you are a well water user, think three months, instead of six.

This is simply an educated guess, though, as water quality issues will vary from well to well.   But the bottom-line is that as a well water user, you can expect to go through about twice as many fridge filters – and pay twice as much – as those that live in the city and use a municipal water supply.  Unless, of course,  you implement some type of complementary solution.

Extend The Life Of Your Fridge Filter By Ensuring Sediment Never Gets To It

Culligan HD-950 Whole House Water Filtration System
Culligan HD-950 Whole House Water Filter

Fortunately, our online store offers solutions that can help to extend the life of your fridge filter and improve your water quality by ensuring sediment never makes it further than your water line.

Your first option would be to purchase and install a whole house water filtration system, including the three Culligan models we offer.  These systems connect easily to your water line, and once in place, will capture greater than 90% of virtually all types of sediment. Installation of a whole house system does more than just extend the life of your fridge filter.  Once installed, this system will help to improve the quality of your drinking water – from every tap – while also helping to reduce the risk of sediment corrosion inside your appliances.

Better yet, each of our whole house water filtration product pages include detailed instructions, ensuring that you don’t have to be MacGyver to get them properly installed.

Omnipure Q5505 Inline Water Filter
Omnipure Q5505 Inline Water Filter

Another option would be to install an inline sediment filter.  These filters will attach directly to your water line and can be installed outside your fridge, ahead of its carbon filter.  This is a more surgical option for water filtration, and depending upon the inline filter you choose, can also be more affordable than the whole house filters presented above.

If you go with this route for sediment reduction, please note that not all inline water filters are created equal, meaning not all will reduce sediment.  A few inline water filters we can direct you to if you are looking to reduce sediment include the Aqua-Pure AP717, the OmniFilter R200 and the Omnipure Q5505 (pictured.)

Connect With Us For More Information or Solutions

If you are a well water user experiencing water quality issues that are significantly reducing the lifespan of your fridge filter, and are looking for additional information, products or solutions not discussed here, please feel free to call our customer service team at 1-800-683-8353.  You may also leave a question via a comment below.

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Avocados: To Fridge or Not to Fridge?

Avocados  - To Fridge or Not To FridgeWe’re not ones to judge, but if you don’t love avocados, we may need to start wondering about you.

But whether you are an avocado addict or a guacamole junkie, you may not always be clear on when an avocado should be refrigerated and when it should be left out to survive on its own.

For all those too embarrassed to ask, here are two quick checklists sharing when you should – and when you shouldn’t – refrigerate avocado:

Put Your Avocado In The Fridge When:

Your avocado is fully ripened
Just give it a bit of a squeeze. If it feels just soft enough, without feeling gross and squishy, it’s done. Toss it in the fridge.  If not…

You need to halt the ripening process
That ripening process won’t stop.   Leaving a ripe avocado on your counter to survive on its own will cause it to ripen to that aforementioned gross and squishy state.

You plan to eat it within a week
Once in the fridge, that avocado will stay in the perfect ripened state for about a week – a little more if you’re lucky.  Put it in the fridge and start the countdown!

Alton Brown Guacamole RecipeYou’ve transformed it into Guacamole
While avocado is the main ingredient, there is much, much more in the perfect guacamole (like in Alton Brown’s recipe to the left.)  Not only does guacamole taste better cool, but some of those ingredients – including cilantro and sliced tomatoes – are better off kept at colder temperatures.

Leave Your Avocado Out of the Fridge When:

Your avocado is nowhere close to ripe
An avocado will begin to ripen the second it’s picked.  But there is often a short distance of time between picking and when you buy and bring it home.  When you bring that avocado home, and it still feels rock hard, leave it out.

Your avocado still feels rock hard to the touch – even if it SHOULD be ripe
On the other hand, what if you’ve had that avocado for over a week and it’s STILL rock hard?  You may want to cut it open and see what what’s happening before letting it take up fridge space – and certainly before you count on it to be featured in your next dip.

You will eat your avocado within the next 1 – 2 days
Leaving your avocado out means it will continue to ripen.  If you won’t eat it for a week – by all means – fridge it.  But if you’ll use it in the next one or two days, take a chance, and let it get up to the tip-top of that ripeness tipping point.

You’ve cut it – but PROMISE to eat it within a few hours
To clarify, the best and really only way to preserve an avocado after it’s been cut into is to involve refrigeration.  But if you promise to eat it within a few hours, you can use any number of tricks – from submerging it in cold water to sprinkling it with lemon juice – that will preserve it at close to room temperature and in that glorious ripe zone you’ve supported – for just long enough.  Just reconsider this plan if it starts to go brown.

What tips or tricks – or better yet, recipes – do you have involving avocado?  We encourage you to share your thoughts below.

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How We Ensure You Have The Cleanest Drinking Water In Every Room & Wherever You Roam

Clean Water EverywhereLooking at the name of our store, you could assume that we are in the refrigerator water filters business.  Your assumption would be both right AND wrong.

While we do offer one of the largest online selections of refrigerator filters, we are happy to offer so much more, ensuring you have clean drinking water (and clean air) in nearly every room of your home and in the faraway destinations you may travel.

To celebrate this week’s distinction as Drinking Water Week, see how we help ensure you have the cleanest drinking water everywhere – not just from your fridge.

[As a Drinking Water Week bonus, take 10% off any order on our site through Monday, May 12th – either on the products below or on the replacement fridge filters you need - by using the code ‘WaterWeek’ at checkout.]

We Help You Test Your Drinking Water:
Whether they live in the country and drink well water, or the city and drink municipal water, our customers care deeply about the quality and the safety of their source of hydration.WellSafe Well Water Test Kit

We are happy to help ensure our customers are always at ease when it comes to the safety of their drinking water by offering a variety of water test kits on our site, including the well water test kit pictured.  Check out our full selection here.

We Help You Serve Clean Drinking Water From Anywhere In Your Kitchen:
Your refrigerator water dispenser is just one point-of-use where we ensure you serve the cleanest tasting drinking water.  On our site, we are happy to offer water filters that can be attached to your faucet, installed beneath your sink or fitted onto your water line.

We are even happy to offer replacement filters for the whole house systems that ensure clean water is served from every faucet in your home, rather than just the kitchen!

Katadyn Vario Microfilter Water FilterWe Help Ensure You Have Clean Water On The Road & In The Great Outdoors:
How relaxing can getting away from it all truly be if you can’t depend on the clean drinking water we’ve helped you become accustomed to?  Fortunately, whether your vacation involves a journey into the unknown in your boat or RV, or a night sleeping under the stars surrounded only by the gentle sounds of nature, we can ensure you can still count on the cleanest tasting water imaginable!

Check out our selection of RV water filters and camping water filters, here and here.

Are there other types of water filters you’ve always had trouble finding?  If so, we invite you to leave a comment below or call our customer service team at 800-683-8353 and we’ll help you find it!  And once we do, remember to use the code ‘WaterWeek’ (before May 12th) to get it for 10% off!

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5 Tips For Buying Air Filters

3M Filtrete Air Filters[While we love these six pill-free allergy relief tips from Woman's Day, we can't help but feel that they missed one big and important tip - replace your used air filters!

In the post below, find five tips for ensuring you buy the right air filters to ensure your furnace or air conditioner fills your home with only the cleanest indoor air.]

There’s a very good reason that you see more promotions and better deals on air filters during the fall and spring.  Simply, many just don’t think to swap out their air filters until out-of-control allergies force their hand.

In that sense, we know this post is not in any way trendsetting.  We’ll just have to settle for helpful, instead.

As you find yourself in the biannual air filter buying cycle, keep these five tips in mind:

1. Now Is The Time To Buy & Stock Up
Those that sell air filters, including us, know that Fall and Spring are the times you need to buy.  In response, you are going to see some great deals encouraging you to stock-up.  Our advice? Do it.

While now is the time that changing air filters is on your mind, odds are good that you’ll need to replace your filter again before spring, when these deals crop up again.  At a minimum, we’d recommend buying at least two filters to get you to that next sale period.

2. Don’t Wait Longer Than Three Months
Typical lifespan of an air filter is three months.  Check out the image to the left, courtesy of the San Diego Real Estate Inspection Company, for a nasty one that’s clearly gone a bit longer. It’s possible that some filters may need to be replaced more frequently and it’s also possible that a filter could last a miraculously long time.  It depends heavily on the quality of air being passed through.Dirty Air Filter

Even if you don’t find yourself changing your air filter every ninety days, at a minimum, check the filter to ensure it is holding up.  There’s nothing worse than paying more than you should on HVAC maintenance because you went too long between swapping out a $20 – 40 air filter.

3. Better Prices & Deals Are Available Online
Nearly all the big box stores are in the air filters business.  While their prices may be competitive, they will rarely be able to approach the prices online stores like ours are able to offer.

If you are in the market for an air filter this month, we would encourage you to compare our prices on top brands – including 3M Filtrete – against the big box stores.  If you do find a better price, let us know (1-800-683-8353) and we’d be happy to offer a price match if you send the information our way.  Also keep in mind that all orders placed by 4pm CST typically will ship same day.

4. MERV Ratings, MPR Ratings & Thickness: Bigger Not Always Better
It should come as no surprise that at FridgeFilters.com, we pride ourselves on knowing a little bit about water filters.  As such, we oftentimes find ourselves talking customers out of more lucrative purchases, simply because the needs of the customer don’t warrant bigger systems.   With air filter MERV ratings, MPR Ratings and thickness, our advice is similar.

3M Filtrete 4 Inch Furnace Air FilterMERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a score indicating how much dirt, dust and dander the filter captures.  MPR is a 3M term that stands for Microparticle Performance Rating.  Higher scores mean the filter captures more particles.  So why wouldn’t you want the highest ratings available?  The answer lies in your type of HVAC system’s ability to handle higher rated filters.  Higher rated and thicker filters will resist air flow in the process of blocking more particles, and if your HVAC can’t handle it, it could quickly fail.  There’s almost nothing worse than paying to repair, or to buy a new, HVAC system just because of an unnecessarily large filter.

Higher rated and thicker air filters – like the beast to the left – are designed for those with hard-core allergies or significant air quality issues (think heavy smoke and pet dander.)  Most will get by with an air filter with a MERV rating of 11 or lower.

The best thing you can do to determine what type of filter you need is to see what type of air filter is currently in your furnace – and buy the same model.  If you are still in doubt, we welcome you to call our customer service department (that number again, 1-800-683-8353) for help.

5. Air Filters Are Just As Important For Your Fridge
It’s amazing how much funkier dirty fridge air smells after you’ve gone through the effort to swap out your air filters and eliminate dust and dander throughout your house.

Frigidaire PureAir Refrigerator Air FilterA refrigerator air filter, like the model we offer to the left, will help keep the air in your fridge de-funk-ified for about six months.  For really nasty odors, may we also recommend Gonzo refrigerator odor eliminator?

If you have more tips for buying air filters, we encourage you to share them with our readers with a comment below.

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Break Your Plastic Bottled Water Habit This Earth Day

FridgeFilters.com Infographic - Real Cost of Plastic Water BottlesToday is Earth Day, and based on the sheer volume of plastic bottled water sales, we can happily report that Americans seem more dedicated to hydration than ever.

While we are all for healthy and hydrated living, our over-reliance on plastic bottled water is just a tad troubling.

As you surf the Internet or your news feeds today, you’ll no doubt see plenty of well-meaning ‘Ban The Bottle’ messages.  While we agree with the sentiment, you’ll have a very difficult time banning anything that has become a habit.  A habit cannot be banned.  A habit must be broken.

For this Earth Day, don’t try to go cold turkey on your plastic bottled water habit.  You’ll do a great deal to help if you just gradually cut back, especially if your friends follow suit. (Of course, we may be able to offer a little help from some filtered fridge water or a nice, eco-friendly water bottle :) )

If you need any inspiration to help as you try to break your habit, just click the infographic above to get a closer look at the facts behind plastic bottled water.  If you’d like to help others break this habit, please feel free to leave your thoughts via a comment below.

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