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by Kelly O’Mara

December 29, 2019

If you don’t want the chlorine to stick around after you swim, try some of these removal techniques

If you swim regularly, then you’re probably used to the smell of chlorine. But not everyone loves smelling like the pool all day. Plus, chlorine can dry out your skin and damage your hair.

Chlorine remover helps get the chlorine out of your hair and swimsuit and off of your skin.

There are a number of commercial chlorine remover products for hair and skin. You can use an after-swim spray when you get out of the pool or a swim shampoo for your hair.

There are also DIY chlorine remover solutions.

How to Make a DIY Chlorine Remover

If you don’t want to buy a product to take out chlorine, you can try making your own chlorine remover.

One of the most popular home remedies involves using Vitamin C to make your own after-swim chlorine remover spray. Ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate, in essence Vitamin C, neutralizes the chlorine. It’s the main ingredient in commercial chlorine removers.

To make your own, buy Vitamin C crystals and mix about 1 teaspoon in a pint-size spray bottle of water. You can then use the spray after you get out of the pool to remove the chlorine. Spray yourself and rub on your skin, then rinse and shower like usual.

Another option is to mix a teaspoon or so of Vitamin C crystals into your body wash and shampoo instead.

Chlorine Remover for Hair

You can, of course, use an after-swim chlorine remover spray in your hair, too, if it’s designed for skin and hair. There are also swim shampoos that help repair damage and remove chlorine.

Simply showering with soap and shampoo after you get of the pool will go a long way, too, toward getting most of the chlorine out. You can also mix a small bit of Vitamin C crystals with your body wash or shampoo to create your own swim shampoo and wash. Or just use your own DIY chlorine remover spray bottle on your hair and then rinse it out.

A great way to minimize chlorine damage to your hair is to take steps before jumping in the water. Getting your hair wet keeps some of the chlorine from binding with it, spraying hair with a layer of detangler or protectant also stops some of the chlorine from attaching, and wearing a cap tops off a good prevention regimen.

Can You Use Chlorine Remover for Swimsuits?

The easiest chlorine remover for swimsuits is just to rinse the suit off after use, and wash it regularly, letting it air dry.

If the chlorine smell still lingers, you can use a chlorine remover product for swimsuits. Just put a drop in a bucket or gallon of water, rinse the suit, and then let it hang to dry. You can also soak the suit in a bucket of water with just a teaspoon of sodium ascorbate, or Vitamin C crystals. Some people also like to try a small amount of baking soda mixed with water to wash their suit in and remove the chlorine smell.


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