Many people may not realize it, but tap water can contain numerous chemicals that can be dangerous to your and family’s health, including chlorine, fluoride, lead, mercury, dioxins, and many others.
The Dangers of Chlorine in Your Water
Most cities and towns add chlorine to their water supplies to help reduce the amount of pathogens in the water.
However, “When chlorine is used as a water treatment, it combines with organic matter to form compounds called trihalomethanes (THMs), also known as disinfectant byproducts. One of the most common THMs formed is chloroform, which is a known carcinogen. (2) Other THMs formed include the di- and trichloramines formed when chloramine is used as a disinfecting agent. (3) These compounds are toxic when consumed, inhaled, or applied to the skin.” (Source)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even acknowledged back in the 1990s that people can absorb more chlorine and chemicals from bath and shower water than even from drinking water.
This is alarming for mothers with young children because some may bathe their children for 30 minutes or longer several times a week. Due to their developing bodies, infants to adolescents are more sensitive to what may lurk in the water and absorb it more quickly. Therefore, the consequences could be more severe to their bodies’ immature organs and systems.
Chlorine has been known to:
- Damage airways and soft tissues
- Cause skin and eye irritations
- Increase the risk of developing allergies and asthma
- Cause bladder and rectal cancer
- Decrease beneficial gut flora
How to Use Ascorbic Acid to Neutralize Chlorine
Many people may use carbon block filters to remove chlorine from their water, like the filters used for drinking water. However, those filters do not always work for bath and shower water.
Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C will neutralize chlorine safely and effectively. You can use a powder form of ascorbic acid or use a Vitamin C shower filter. You can learn more about the chemical reactions here.
If you use the powder form, add one teaspoon to your bath water about three to five minutes before you get in the bath so it has time to work. Read more here.
You can also purchase shower filters to neutralize chlorine – here is a good one to try.
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