How to remove a chlorine smell from body & hair

Updated February 21, 2017

The most common cause of chlorine odours on the hair and body is spending a lot of time in a swimming pool. Pool water contains chlorine to kill harmful viruses and bacteria that are introduced by the large numbers of people. If a person swims in a pool frequently, the chlorine build-up can be difficult to remove. Unfortunately, the smell of chlorine can linger on the skin and in the hair even after normal showering.

Pour 1 to 2 tsp of shampoo into the palm of your hand. Add 1 to 2 tsp of baking soda to the shampoo and mix them together using your finger.

Apply the mixture to your hair and massage it in just as you would with normal shampoo. The baking soda provides an additional scrubbing and deodorising action which helps to remove the chlorine from the hair.

Leave the mixture on your hair for seven minutes to give it time to fully absorb the odour.

Rinse the hair thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of shampoo and baking soda. You may need to rinse longer than normal to ensure that all of the baking soda is removed.

Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a bowl or bottle and add 1 cup of water. Mix the solution thoroughly to combine. If preferred, substitute lemon juice for the vinegar.

Dip a wash cloth into the mixture and wipe down all exposed areas of skin that have a chlorine smell. If the smell is only on your hands, simply pour the mixture over them.

Allow the mixture to sit for 30 to 60 seconds, and then rise well with clean water.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Bowl or bottle
  • Lemon juice
  • Wash cloth
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Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.