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Chlorine in Our Water

Updated: Mar 14, 2022

Chlorinated water, ugh. It can make eczema, psoriasis, or rashes worse.

Many clients have had severe reactions to the chlorinated water here in Christchurch. Throughout New Zealand chlorinated water is the norm. If you find your skin condition is getting worse it could be your water. A simple solution is to add a small amount of sodium ascorbate to your bath. Yes, sodium ascorbate. The salt form of vitamin C.

It must be the salt form as the acidity (pH) of your bathwater will remain neutral. If you use other forms of vitamin C your bath will become acidic and continue to irritate your skin.

It is safe to use in baby's bath, children's baths or your own and, only a small amount is needed. A 1/4 teaspoon will work for a large adult bath. So if you're bathing your baby with a small amount of water, just a pinch of vitamin C powder will help. More is not better. You're just wasting the product.

But who wants a salt bath? It's a minuscule amount of salt and the water remains neutral. You need 1/8th of a teaspoon (or 1/2 a gram) to neutralise a child size bath. Honest. Our 50 gram pottle is enough to neutralise chlorine in 100 kid sized baths. You will notice the chlorine smell leaves right away. It's quite fascinating How does it work? It's simple chemistry. The chlorine in your water wants to react with something to make a more stable compound. That's why leaving your water to stand for 24 hours tends to remove most of the chlorine. Not helpful if you want to bathe.

The salt form of the vitamin C essentially takes the hand of the chlorine and "calms it down" to a stable salt (NaCl.) The rest of the vitamin C (dehydroascorbic acid) remains in the water. It is harmless.

For those who are interested: C5H5O5CH2ONa + HOCL → C5H3O5CH2OH + NaCl + H2O

(Sodium ascorbate + free chlorine → dehydroascorbic acid + salt + water) There will be a quiz later.

Our product is food grade and free from gluten, dairy, eggs, & is vegan friendly.

A link to our Vitamin C Powder:

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