The ShowerStick - A True Shower Water Softener!

Our softeners are proudly made in the USA
Removes hard water minerals - unlike a shower filter!

The ShowerStick is a true shower water softener since it removes hard water minerals such as calcium and magnesium which are known to cause dry skin and hair. This means the water from the ShowerStick will test as soft water when using a hard water test kit or strips. But this isn’t the case with a shower water “filter” since they are not capable of removing any hard water minerals (see for yourself by using a hard water test kit or strips). This is the reason so many people who first try using a shower filter alone don’t end up happy with the results it gives. It’s great that a filter removes chlorine, but to get the best results regarding your skin and hair, you need to soften the water. For a more in-depth explanation regarding why shower filters don’t soften water, please follow the link: Does a shower filter soften water? Have you ever seen the white chalky buildup on a glass shower door that’s hard to remove? That’s hard water! And if it’s building up on the inside of your shower, you can bet it’s doing the same thing on your skin, scalp and hair – yuk! The ShowerStick will remove these nasty minerals and a bonus is that your shower will stay much cleaner too. Although the ShowerStick costs more to purchase initially than a shower filter, it costs a lot less in the long run. Think about how much you spend yearly on shower filters and multiply that number by 10. Ten years is the average lifespan of the ShowerStick so it ends up costing far less and it does so much more.

The ShowerStick hooks up to a standard 1/2” American shower pipe. Inside the ShowerStick are thousands of tiny resin beads, just like those inside a whole house softener, but in a smaller volume. Negatively charged resin beads are attracted to positively charged minerals such as calcium and magnesium (and some ferrous iron) so they “capture” and hold onto them which then allows soft water to flow through. To keep the water in the soft zone, the beads need to be regenerated (“cleaned”) with saltwater, so they’ll once again be able to capture more minerals. Regeneration is done by laying the handheld shower head/hose on the shower floor, then removing the regeneration port cap to let the water inside the ShoweStick drain. Add one cup of table salt to an empty one-litter bottle, fill it up with water, shake until dissolved, then pour inside. The resin beads then let go of the minerals they’re holding onto and “exchange” them with salt, so you’ll again have soft water. This process is known as “ion exchange” and it keeps repeating over and over. After you re-attach the cap and put the head/hose back in the mount, you can take a zero-grain soft water shower whenever you want to! On average, most of our customers determine they need to regenerate weekly. How often you need to regenerate depends on the hardness of your water, the duration of water usage and water pressure. The hard water test strips (included) will help you determine how often to regenerate. 

Below is a chart that shows the average total minutes of soft water you should get between regenerations with the ShowerStick based on your tap water’s hardness level.”Grains” = the amount of hardness in your tap water. This can be determined most accurately by using a hardness test kit such as the Total Hardness Test Kit model #5-B sold by Hach. Or, you can contact your water company for a copy of their latest annual Water Quality Report (usually it’s posted on their website), but this is an “average” for the year and may not accurately reflect the hardness at your location. “Minutes” = the total minutes of soft water between regenerations based on data collected during testing. The minutes are not based on “grains capacity” (which would be higher numbers) as whole house softeners are. We don’t use these numbers because they are based on perfect conditions being present during regenerations, which don’t exist. Our minutes are based on the current flow restriction requirements in California of 1.8 gpm. If you have more water pressure than this, the minutes will be lower. These minutes are also based on regenerating to keep the water in the soft zone of 0-3 grains. The minutes shown will give you an idea of what to expect, but they are not guaranteed, since there are other factors to consider.

Grains Minutes Grains Minutes Grains Minutes Grains Minutes
7 82 13 44 19 30 25 23
8 72 14 41 20 29 26 22
9 64 15 38 21 27 27 21
10 58 16 36 22 26 28 20
11 52 17 34 23 25
12 48 18 32 24 24


  • ShowerStick true water softener PVC body with softening resin
  • Handheld shower head and hose
  • Shower arm mount with angle connector attached
  • Hard water test strips (1 package of 10)
  • Regeneration port for easy regeneration of the resin
  • Plumber’s thread seal tape
  • 2 red air plugs to seal off the ends when stored or not in use


  • The ShowerStick body is made of durable 3″ PVC pipe
  • ShowerStick body dimensions: 4″ diameter x 16″ length
  • Fully assembled length from bottom tip of shower pipe to bottom of ShowerStick is 19” (add 4” if KDF filter is installed). The shower head adds 8″ height from the shower pipe bottom tip. (Measurements apply to standard American shower pipes which protrude 4” out from shower wall.)
  • Weight of ShowerStick when full of water with all additional parts is approximately 6lb, 8oz
  • The lifespan of the resin is up to 10 years if it’s regenerated as needed and is protected from chlorine and other contaminants either by adding a KDF shower filter (see below) or by using a whole house filtration system. Otherwise, the lifespan may be shorter
  • 1.8 GPM continuous flow
  • Dull, dry ‘straw-like’, brittle, frizzy, lifeless and unmanageable hair
  • Hair loss, breakage and thinning
  • Hair color fading
  • Dry itchy skin (soft water is also great for dogs or other animals who suffer with skin diseases or disorders)
  • Skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema (also known as dermatitis) and skin yeast infections
  • Soaps and shampoos don’t lather properly which causes you to use too much of them which contributes to more dried out skin and hair
  • Acne breakouts
  • Can cause blonde hair to turn red or orange
  • Soaps and shampoos leave residue on your skin and in your hair because they don’t dissolve easily in hard water
  • Flaky, itchy scalp (dandruff)

International customers: “Outside USA” Your acknowledgement of our International Shipping Instructions and Terms is required before we ship your order. Please see our Shipping page under “Polices”. For information regarding installation of the ShowerStick in your type of shower, please see our FAQs page.

Unless your water doesn’t contain chlorine or you have a whole house filtration system, the KDF filter should be installed in-line with the ShowerStick. Using a filter to remove chlorine and other contaminants from your shower water is not only great for YOU but it also protects the softening resin inside the ShowerStick to ensure it stays healthy and has a long lifespan. The KDF filter effectively removes 95-99% of chlorine and controls the buildup of microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, fungi and mold. It lasts longer than most other types of shower filters and it works more effectively at high water temperatures (unlike carbon filters) which makes it perfect for showers. The KDF filter should be replaced yearly (or sooner if you smell the presence of chlorine).

Installs between the ShowerStick’s handheld shower hose and head is a great option if you want to conserve your soft water in order to extend the time between regenerations. When you push in the button you’re able to reduce or shut off the soft water flow while shaving, lathering or shampooing. Then you can push the button back over to full flow and back to your original water temperature.

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For WRITTEN installation and REGENERATION instructions: Click here»

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