How to remove chlorine from water

Updated April 17, 2017

Is your chlorinated city water killing you? Water suppliers began chlorinating water early in the twentieth century to reduce the spread of waterborne pathogens such as cholera and typhoid fever. Although the water treatment was successful, many other chronic diseases began, such as heart disease and cancers, causing many individuals to seek a quick way to remove the chlorine from their water supply prior to drinking or bathing. There are a number of different methods for removing chlorine, depending on your need.

Some water supplied by cities and counties is so chlorinated, the water is almost white and even comes out of the pipe with a smoke-like puff. This is some serious chlorination that really should be removed by whole house water filtration systems. These whole house water filtration systems typically utilise reverse osmosis systems to purify water.

For normal chlorine levels, there's a simpler way to remove the chlorine from your drinking water. Install a personal water filtration system, such as a Brita (or similar) filter that attaches to your faucet. There are also water pitchers with filters available that will purify the water. In-line water filtration systems, which sit under your kitchen sink, are also an effective way to remove chlorine.

The least expensive method of filtering your drinking water is by boiling or even setting water out in a large glass container in the sun for a few hours. You can purchase a test kit from a pool supply store to assist you in determining if the C1 has been depleted sufficiently.

Chlorinated bath water can deposit toxins into your skin, which can cause allergies and other skin problems. Special filtered shower heads can be obtained at any home improvement store and are easily screwed in to replace your existing head, this is a way to avoid installing a whole house water filtration system and still get significant benefits.

Things You'll Need

  • Large glass jar
  • Water test kit from pool supply company
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Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph, a professional freelance writer, spent more than 20 years with a major airline and enjoys writing about travel, health, alternative medicine and interior decorating. She is the National Caribbean Travel Examiner and her work has been featured in the "Dallas Morning News," "Caribbean Property and Lifestyle Magazine," Gadling, Travels and numerous other publications. Fessenden-Joseph attended Texas Christian University.