Chlorine (otherwise known as “bleach”) has become a go-to for cleaning and sanitizing, especially in pools where it’s a quick way to rid the water of nasty pathogens. However, there is a flip-side to the exposure of using and swimming in a chlorinated pool.
See the top 10 dangers of swimming in chlorinated pools here.
I want to share a few ideas for avoiding chlorine overload with your family while having fun in the sun (and water) this summer.
Of course, you can avoid swimming altogether, but if you want those family bond building experiences this summer (or something the kiddos can be entertained with while giving you some chill time) read on.
Look for non-chlorinated options nearby. We have public swimming access to the creek nearby which is a fun option. But since it’s a small area, two or three families or groups make a crowd. If you have your own backyard pool you could consider switching it up to a non-chlorine system such as a saltwater option (uses much less chlorine). There are several options.
A trip to the ocean and an occasional day (or week) at the beach may provide all the swimming you or your family desires. But you may want to avoid the pool at the condo/hotel or the hot tub if they are heavily chlorinated. If you don’t live near the ocean or have a beach trip coming up - - a shorter trip may land you on a fun day at the lake depending on where you live. And many communities such as ours now have a public area “splash pad” that is a lot of fun for the littles. Though it may be chlorinated water, it is less water and less overall.
If the daily or almost daily swim is your version of a perfect summer and there’s no way to avoid a chlorinated pool, you may want to take measures to assure that the chlorine is not excessive and make sure to have everyone in your family rinse off afterward. Yes, tap water is likely somewhat chlorinated as well, but not as much as pool water. A water filter to your home, or even just your shower can help, too. Make sure it works to dechlorinate the water.
Since Vitamin C helps dechlorinate, you might try adding Vitamin C powder to your sunscreen! And use it for a partial barrier to the chlorine in the water. I haven't tried it so let me know if you use this tip and how it works for you. (Ask me about our family friendly Mineral Sunscreen Lotion made without nano-particles!)
In short, it is worth it to take some time to think through ways to avoid chlorine overload this summer and who knows, some more planning and thoughtful water play may make even better memories for you all.
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed herein does not constitute professional licensed legal or medical advice and is not a substitute for appropriate legal or medical advice suited to your individual situation or for your own due diligence.