How to Get the Chlorine Smell OUT of Your Skin
Just in time for swim season. Do you have swimmers in your home? We believe that learning to swim is a Life Skill. Do you spend a lot of time at the pool in the summer? Do you smell like chlorine? Want to get rid of it with just a few simple ingredients? Me too!
I grew up swimming in pools 3 days a week. I usually only worried about my hair turning green, but I also smelled like a pool all.of.the.time. Almost like I was wearing chlorine perfume. Now, my busy kids are in the pool all summer long. Between swim team and play time, they smell like a pool even when they are not in it. Showering off doesn’t seem to help, the smell is in deeper. You need a chlorine detox.
If skin is our bodies’ largest organ, how can we help it? It’s so easy, I wish I’d know this 20 years ago:
Shower before you get in the pool. Not only is it nice for your fellow swimmers, but it also fills your skin up with clean water. This allows less of the chlorinated water to seep in. Also, a cleaner pool means that less chlorine needs to be put into it to keep it clean. A win-win.
After the Pool
It’s time for a Chlorine Detox Bath (see below). This sounds like something dreadful, but it’s super simple and uses things you can find at the grocery store. Do not be alarmed if you smell the chlorine leaving your body, the salt is just pulling it all out of your skin.
The “Detox Bath” is designed to open up the skin’s pores. The Epsom Salt pulls out the bad stuff and the baking soda neutralizes it so it’s not pulled back into your skin.
Supplies for the Chlorine Detox Bath:
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*This is all for a full bathtub. If you’re only filling the bathtub up halfway, make sure you adjust the ingredients.
1. Epsom Salt Dosage (source):
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.
2. Baking Soda Dosage:
- For children under 60 lbs, add 1/4 cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
3. Choose an Essential Oil (optional)
- Lavender (4 drops) – calming
- Peppermint (3 drops) – for sore muscle relief
- Lemon and On Guard (2 drops each) – if you’re feeling sick
- Breathe (4 drops) – colds and congestion
More reading on essential oils for teens and college students.
Directions for the Chlorine Detox Bath:
1. Start filling your bath tub up with warm water. Pour in your ingredients. Try to stay in the tub for at least 20 minutes. You might start sweating. You can add cold water to help you cool off.
2. Get out of the tub slowly. Your body may feel tired after the bath and the tub could be slippery. Take your time.
3. Take a cool shower after you’re done to wash everything off (it closes your pores).
4. Drink a lot of water. If you don’t, you might feel sick afterwards (similar to a massage or a visit to the chiropractor). That’s it!
Enjoy the pools, enjoy the fun – get the chlorine out!
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Other helpful links:
- Giving a detox bath as a gift? Great detox bath (free printable) labels from Todays Creative Blog.
- How to Give a Detox Bath to Children from The Paleo Mama (click here).
- Looking for more reason on Why Kids Need Detox Baths? – The Brown Thumb Mama (click here)
- Why it’s important to teach your child to swim from Busy Kids Happy Mom