How to Reduce That Chlorine Smell After a Swim

Chlorine Smell

Last updated on July 2nd, 2022 at 12:24 pm

Whether you took a dip in the pool on holiday or are a frequent swimmer – once that chlorine smell is on your hair, skin, or clothing, it can be difficult to get rid of.  Not to mention the smell…

What causes that distinctive smell?

It’s a common fact that pools contain chemicals such as chlorine to maintain water quality – the smell isn’t actually from the chlorine but chloramine. This forms in the pool water when chlorine becomes exposed to contaminants that have been brought into the water, such as perspirants, body oils, cosmetics, and even urine.  Chlorine Tablets are a great option to use in this instance, to ensure that the water remains as clean as possible. Having a pool that is outside and well ventilated can also help improve the smell.

As chlorine is a strong chemical substance – similar to bleach the smell can linger if it is not treated quickly. Not only this, it is not good for your skin or hair to be regularly exposed to, as it can cause it to dry out and has been known to change the colour of your hair. Additionally, it can be very damaging to any clothing that it comes into contact with, eating away at the individual fabrics in the garment until they are thin and fragile, so it is important to make sure it is thoroughly removed from your clothing after swimming.

Top home remedies to remove the chlorine smell 

We have put together some top home remedies to remove the chlorine smell.

Vinegar and Baking Soda – This is a great home remedy for neutralizing the smell – if used correctly. Start by soaking the clothing in a mixture of water and ¼ cup of vinegar. If clothing still smells, wash a second time with a mixture of soap and vinegar, to thoroughly remove that chlorine smell. Allow to soak in the mixture for up to an hour, or as long as needed.

Vitamin C Remover – If you do not want to buy a product, how about making your own? All you will need is vitamin C crystals and a small spray bottle. Mix roughly a tablespoon with the water, and get spraying! Spray all over any clothes that have been in contact with chlorine, this can also be used on hair and skin. We recommend you do this as soon as you have exited the pool, and then shower and wash with soap and shampoo as normal. 

Cold Water – Immediately rinse any clothes/swimsuits in cold water upon getting out of the pool, leaving them to soak for as long as necessary to help combat the strong smell.– Have a warm shower with high foaming soap and leave on for a few minutes, allowing it to sit on your skin and hair. We recommend doing a double shampoo, and washing hair twice for the ultimate deep cleanse.

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