Low Tox Family

Why you need to remove chlorine from your tap water


Chlorine. It is added into our water to effectively reduce waterborne illnesses. The amount of chlorine added into the water must still be sufficient to be active by the time it reaches our tap in order to destroy the microbial agents in our water mains.

My children have a bath every night, which means, I needed to find a good option to remove chlorine from our bath water.

When you take a shower, the heat opens up your pores and your skin absorbs chlorine from both the water and the steam. Chlorine has an oxidizing effect on human skin because it splits hydrogen from water, causing the release of nascent oxygen and hydrogen chloride. These gas compounds have been scientifically proven to cause tissue damage to our bodies at the molecular level. The skin is our body’s largest organ and unfortunately, for parents, this puts our kids at the most risk since they have a a bigger body weight ratio compared to surface area, meaning they absorb chemicals quicker and in far more potent doses. Chlorine will chemically bond with the protein in our skin and hair, making hair brittle and dry, and causing the skin to itch, dry, and age prematurely.

Installing a KDF filter will solve this.  Either a Bath Ball Filter or a High Output Slimline Shower Filter would work on your bath tap.

Another option which may be easier for parents is to add Vitamin C powder. Vitamin C is great for the immune system, but it can also play a big role in reducing chlorine in bath water.

Using Vitamin C to neutralise chlorine in bath water is very simple. There are two powders. You can add just a teaspoon and wait 5 minutes before getting into the bath.