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    Regarding Swimming/Chlorine

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    This isn't an absolute fitness question, sort of a tangent.

    I've been soap-free for 3 months until today, where I went to swim laps in a chlorinated pool.

    My question is, how do you primal folk deal with washing the chemicals off you? Is water enough or should I concoct a baking soda type soap. (shampoo as well).

    Using fresh water is not an option. (Edit: SWIMMING in fresh water is not an option. I have access to a shower ;]).

    Also, are there any long-term studies of chlorine on human health? I'd be curious to read them

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    it will dry your skin and your hair can turn green if you don't at least rinse it off

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    I had to quit swimming in a chlorinated pool because it was affecting my breathing. I've heard that Citric Acid (i.e. vitamin C) works well for removing chlorine from the body. I haven't tried it.

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    A couple tips I found over at Beyond Shampoo:

    -Try 'oiling' your hair with olive oil or something similar before swimming
    -Rinsing hair with club soda after swimming
    -Rinsing hair and skin with diluted citric acid or ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) after swimming
    -Rinsing with lemon juice after swimming

    For more in-depth explanations or descriptions of the methods, you can read the original page over at How do I get the cholorinated pool water buildup out of my hair without shampoo? - Beyond Shampoo

    I don't know if that'll help any but I guess you could try some of these if no other options present themselves. I don't know how easy it is to rinse out chlorine with just water, or if it's even really feasible at all. Sorry.

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    Rinsing with Vitamin C Eliminates Chlorine after Swimming

    I have studied this topic quite a bit. Chlorine sticks to hair and skin, making it difficult to remove. So, you smell like the pool for hours or even days after swimming.
    Rinsing with vitamin C (ascorbic acid, NOT citric acid) gets the chlorine off of your hair and skin. The best and easiest way to apply vitamin C is SwimSpray. See www.SwimSpray.com

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    do you smell bad, without soap for so long?

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    May I ask why you went soap free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dado View Post
    do you smell bad, without soap for so long?
    Going without soap doesn't cause any undue smells as long as you don't have a crappy diet (in which case the soap doesn't usually help that much anyway) and you wash in clean water regularly.

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    May I ask why you went soap free?
    I'm not the OP but I went soap free as an experiment originally, and never found a reason to go back. I just wash off in cool or warm water depending on my preference. I don't smell any ore or less than I used to and it makes my showers quicker and easier. Also soap often left my skin with an odd dry feeling, or itchiness, which I rarely if ever experience now. And my keratosis pilaris has improved too. I do shower every morning and I use a Thai deodorant stone afterward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swimmer View Post
    I have studied this topic quite a bit. Chlorine sticks to hair and skin, making it difficult to remove. So, you smell like the pool for hours or even days after swimming.
    Rinsing with vitamin C (ascorbic acid, NOT citric acid) gets the chlorine off of your hair and skin. The best and easiest way to apply vitamin C is SwimSpray. See www.SwimSpray.com

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    This isn't an absolute fitness question, sort of a tangent.


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