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Swimmers, get your chlorine...off!

IAgirlIAgirl Posts: 2,540Registered Users
I hate chlorine smell and I really hate that cloud of chlorine that poofs up when you next get in the shower, even if you rinse off well after swimming.

I understand that when citric acid is added to swimming pools, more chlorine must also be added and when citric acid is used for cut flowers, it destroys the chlorine in the water (and the bacteria grow).

So... 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid in 1 cup or 1.5 cups of water, applied to post-swimming, already rinsed hair really seems to do the anti-chlorine smell trick. I've tried this a bunch of times already and I do not smell the chlorine later on.

I got another swimmer who has drier hair than mine to try it with similar good results. It even banished that "itchy, sticky chlorinated water" feeling.

You need real citric acid (lemon juice might do, but I prefer to buy the crystals at a health food store or craft store), "Fruit Fresh" is not the same - it's not just "acid" it needs to be citric acid.

Hope it works for you!

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  • wavynwild16wavynwild16 Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    That's awesome! When really hot weather comes, I am in the pool almost every day. This is my first summer CG, and I'm sure I won't have much of an easier tome getting the chlorine off now. I hate that "pool hair" feel, so even if I'm not washing my hair after swimming, I will have to give this a try (probably with some lemon juice!). I'll let you know how it works once my pool is open (we haven't gotten around to opening it yet, and the weather hasn't been THAT warm)!
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  • IAgirlIAgirl Posts: 2,540Registered Users
    That's awesome! When really hot weather comes, I am in the pool almost every day. This is my first summer CG, and I'm sure I won't have much of an easier tome getting the chlorine off now. I hate that "pool hair" feel, so even if I'm not washing my hair after swimming, I will have to give this a try (probably with some lemon juice!). I'll let you know how it works once my pool is open (we haven't gotten around to opening it yet, and the weather hasn't been THAT warm)!

    Sounds good - dilute your lemon juice so it's not too acidic. And strain out the seeds and pulp!:tongue: DH actually eats the pulp! Eek, sour!
  • wavynwild16wavynwild16 Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    IAgirl wrote: »
    That's awesome! When really hot weather comes, I am in the pool almost every day. This is my first summer CG, and I'm sure I won't have much of an easier tome getting the chlorine off now. I hate that "pool hair" feel, so even if I'm not washing my hair after swimming, I will have to give this a try (probably with some lemon juice!). I'll let you know how it works once my pool is open (we haven't gotten around to opening it yet, and the weather hasn't been THAT warm)!

    Sounds good - dilute your lemon juice so it's not too acidic. And strain out the seeds and pulp!:tongue: DH actually eats the pulp! Eek, sour!
    Will do! What's the lemon juice to water ratio? And I'll definitely make sure no pulp gets in there. I'm sure chunks of lemon pulp won't look too attractive stuck in my hair! :) Oh, eating the pulp sounds so sour. I hate lemonade, and I can't stand pulp -- I would live on no pulp orange juice if I could, but the rest of the family likes it chock full of pulp! Wow, that was totally OT on my part, LOL! :D
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  • IAgirlIAgirl Posts: 2,540Registered Users
    I think a 1:1 ratio would work (if the lemon gives you 1/4 cup juice, add another 1/4 cup water).
    Ooh, never had pulp-free OJ. I'm afraid I like the pulp too. But biting lemons is toooo puckery. Salted lemons are not quite as bad.
  • TanyaJoleneTanyaJolene Banned Posts: 85Banned Users
    I know I could prolly find this if I looked it up but I'm LAZEEEEE... What will chlorine do to hennaed hair? Anything? Do I need some kind of protectant first or to use a swimming shampoo after? I'm a little afraid to put lemon juice or citric juice on my head b/c my hair is so dry already. Is this gentler than swimmer's shampoo?
  • IAgirlIAgirl Posts: 2,540Registered Users
    Hmm, henna is usually acidified to get it to release the dye if I'm not mistaken. I doubt that acids would leach out the pigment. I could be wrong. Ask around!
    I've tried 3 swimmer's shampoos and found them all to be the most drying shampoos ever. Citric acid doesn't dry my hair or the hair of my other tester - in fact, that person's hair looked really good post-citric acid rinse.

    Before swimming you might rinse your hair in non-chlorinated water (you can bring a bottle and dump it on your hair) because chlorine diffuses into the hair as the water causes it to swell, chlorine breaks down proteins, which then diffuse back out of the hair. Bad news. The pre-soak saturates your hair with non-chlorinated water, for what it's worth. People who run pools would rather not we put conditioners on our hair before going in the water (bad for the pool). I think coconut oil could be good for a pre-treatment because it prevents hair from swelling so much in water.
  • wavynwild16wavynwild16 Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    IAgirl wrote: »
    I think a 1:1 ratio would work (if the lemon gives you 1/4 cup juice, add another 1/4 cup water).
    Ooh, never had pulp-free OJ. I'm afraid I like the pulp too. But biting lemons is toooo puckery. Salted lemons are not quite as bad.
    Okay, I will have to give this a try next time I go for a swim!

    Oh, no, you like pulp, too? :) I've kinda forced myself into liking it lately -- it just gets to be a little much when you have "lots of pulp" all the time! ;)
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  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    It works for hard water too. I totally have to remember do this again. I did the citric acid rinse to remove hard water liked it. It wasn't drying, unlike ACV rinses which are very drying on my hair.
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