How To Remove Chlorine from Your Water with Vitamin C

How To Remove Chlorine from Your Water with Vitamin C

Chlorine is one of the many harmful chemicals in our water today. It’s used to kill harmful pathogens in an effort to make water safe to drink. It’s also a known health hazard.

Chlorine is reported to
  • increase the incidence of allergies and asthma (1)
  • cause bladder and rectal cancer Β (1)
  • damage airways and soft tissues (2)
  • is a known skin and eye irritant
  • reduce beneficial gut flora
  • in concentration, will cause fluid in the lungs (3)

The acids [created when chlorine and water combine] are corrosive and damage cells in the body on contact. (source)

According to the USDA, the following techniques can be used to instantly neutralize the chlorine in your drinking and bathing water (4):

Ascorbic acid – 2.5 parts to 1 part chlorine (where to buy)

Sodium Ascorbate – 2.8 parts to 1 part chlorine (where to buy)

That amounts to about 1/4 teaspoon for 100 gallons of chlorinated water. For every day measuring, you can add a small pinch per gallon.

How To Remove Chlorine from Your Water with Vitamin C



Adding a squirt of citrus to your drinking water will also give you the benefits of whole food Vitamin C and increase the health benefits.




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Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

77 thoughts on “How To Remove Chlorine from Your Water with Vitamin C”

  • In the delusional world of western thinking on nutrients, ascorbic acid is called “vitamin C.”

    It isn’t vitamin C, of course. Real vitamin C is a broad spectrum of synergistic compounds, never just an isolated, homogeneous molecule. But don’t tell that to doctors, scientists or journalists, because they’ve all bought into the “ascorbic acid is vitamin C” delusion.

    So nearly all the common “vitamin C” pills are nothing more than heavily refined ascorbic acid derived from GM corn. That’s why those pills don’t work, by the way. So when the mainstream media declares, “Vitamin C shows no benefit…” in clinical trials, what they are really saying is that heavily processed ascorbic acid isolated from genetically modified corn doesn’t improve your health, and that’s no surprise.

    Look on the labels of your cheap, low-grade vitamins and multivitamins… you’ll see “ascorbic acid” listed there, meaning you are eating GMOs. Throw those away. They’re crap.

    Learn more:

    • Thanks for the information Allison. You can read about the importance of a whole food source of Vitamin C in the linked post: This application doesn’t require using a whole food source, since it’s not meant to be part of your daily Vitamin C consumption. Many people are allergic to citrus and don’t want to bathe in anything that contains sugars, so I want to make everyone aware of the difference between neutralizing chlorine and consuming supplements.

      • would just like to point out there are two different kinds of Vitamin C that can be used to neutralize chlorine Ascorbic acid or Sodium Ascorbate.. Sodium Ascorbate is neutral PH great for people with the acid concerns.

      • No Liz, Allison explained the proper definition of the Vitamin C, in totality! NO substance in nature, is just one substance all alone on it’s own, and it is the synergistic combination of life factors that creates the various nutrients, but all the components must be there, for any one component to be effective! Once you extract one component from the whole living organism, it has ceased to be a part of the life giving organism, the organism is altered, and is no better for health and life than a chemical medicine, extracted from the whole of some plant!

    • The average bathtub holds 100 gallons of water. 1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid would be enough to neutralize. If you have a larger bath, of course you would need more. HTH!

  • I’ve been using the cheapest asorbic acid or sodium ascorbate powder I can find for a few years now in our baths. Since it’s just to react with the chlorine I’ll save the acerola cherry powder for actual consumption and we already use a Berkey anyway so our drinking and cooking water is safer. I can tell a difference in the chlorine smell when I use the vitamin C and when I don’t. I was coming down with a nasty cold once and all I wanted to do was stay in the bath. So I did for about 3 hours πŸ™‚ After draining and reheating a few times without adding more vitamin C I could smell a difference in the water.

  • Thanks for the information! What about swimming pools — think this would help with the chlorine? Any tips on what to do with pools?

  • And what about chloramine? Said to be a more harmful bi-product of chlorine… do you know if ascorbic acid has any effect on it?

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  • It says that one of the by-products of the reaction is Hydrocloric Acid… I’m assuming it is produced in levels that aren’t harmful to consume? Is it any better than consuming chlorine?

    • I’m sorry, but I don’t have any information on that. In theory, the levels should not be harmful or you would feel the effects of the acid on your skin. It’s a safe method to neutralize chlorine for aquatic life, and they are ultra sensitive to the pH of their environment. In addition, our stomach acid is hydrochloric acid, so it shouldn’t be problematic if consumed.

  • Nice article.

    Though your title is misleading it should read how to Neutralize…, not remove,
    as you are not removing anything

  • So just to clarify I add ascorbic acid to my cooking, drinking & bath water & I also add a few squirts of citrus to my drinking water?? Is that correct?

    • Any water that you want to remove chlorine from, add ascorbic acid. If you are adding citrus to your drinking water, you are naturally adding whole Vitamin C complex so there’s no need to add any additional.

    • I’m not sure if essential oils retain any Vitamin C. Vitamin C is destroyed during heating, so it would likely depend on how the oils are distilled. You would have to contact the oil manufacturer to find out.

  • Very interesting stuff, thanks for sharing. I’m currently on the GAPS diet right now to repopulate my gut’s good bacteria. Part of the protocol includes lots of detox baths. I became a bit perturbed to discover that chlorine kills beneficial gut bacteria, so you’re article has been most helpful. I have a question though. I was taking Vitamin C in the past (as asorbic acid) and I discovered that asorbic acid on it’s own, is also incredibly destructive to beneficial gut bacteria. If I use my old vitamin C (asorbic acid) tablets to neutralise the chlorine in the bath, will both the asorbic acid and the chlorine be used up in the reaction and thus removed from the bath water? Or is it likely that i’ll be absorbing the asorbic acid also? Many thanks for your thoughts! R

  • I ordered the Ascorbic Acid from Amazon that you linked to a week ago or so. It came in the mail and I started using it in my baths. I noticed a definite decrease in the chlorine smell of the water. The water here has a very strong chlorine smell! I think I’ll still end up getting a shower filter so I can rinse my hair when I’m done in the bath. Anyways, thank you for the good info and for the link to the product.

  • I’m going to install a whole house water filter that in addition to filtering out any sediment, will also filter out (or neutralize) chlorine. That’s why I’m currently studying up on all this. My question for right now is, would putting a vitamin C tablet in your bath water work for combating the chlorine?

    • Yes, it will. It is likely made of ascorbic acid, so you can follow the instructions above and drop it in to dissolve before getting in the bath or powder it before adding it to the bath.

  • Well done for such an informative post, it’s so great to think we can actually improve the water quality fairly innocuously and cheaply x x x πŸ™‚

  • Great article! I always drink water with fresh lemon, so was happy to discover lemon neutralises the chlorine. Happy days

  • I read somewhere that baking soda can also help with removing/neutralizing chlorine for the epsom salt bath. Any thoughts/info on that?

  • Thanks for the article. I have been using vitamin c powder in my bath for a year, as I had chronic hives and figured out I was having a reaction to chlorine. My hives are gone now. What a great and easy solution for me.

  • hi Jennifer thanks for information . please tell me that:
    ِDoes the waste of chlorine with vitamin C is better than chlorine for the environment?

  • I use a small amount of chlorine to make safe water when I’m camping and always have a bit of chlorine taste that lets me know the water is ok. I assume that I can add citrus juice or vitamin c to water afterwards to remove the chlorine and still have safe water?

  • I tried the two links above for the sodium ascorbate and for the ascorbic acid, and got “error” pages (Invalid Publisher Code, Offer, or Publisher – Advertiser Partnership Status ) – not sure if amazon isn’t carrying the specific brand you had linked, or if my Firefox is not playing nice or just what. I just typed in the names in Amazon and got other hits, so they may or may not be the ones that play with your referral link… so just thought I’d give you a heads up, since that is cash flow going bye-bye. I know you have wayyy too many other things to do on maternity leave to fiddle with this, but I hate to buy something that isn’t going to benefit your website either.

  • Hi there..
    Thanks for this great and very helpful article. I wish to sprinkle some lemon to neutralize the chlorine/chloramine in my bathing water. Can you please guide me on how many spoons of lemon juice have to be added to do that.

    • It would depend on the amount of vitamin C in each lemon. Lemon C varies widely with each piece of fruit depending on when it’s grown, picked, and when the juice is squeezed. If it’s pasteurized lemon juice, you can compare on the bottle with the formula I give. They will likely have added ascorbic acid back in, since heat destroys vitamin C. I’m sorry I can’t help you further!

    • Buckets can come in all shapes and sizes, so I would suggest measuring the amount of water that goes into your bucket. Then, you can use that number to determine how much to use. I wish i could tell you how much was in each lemon, but there are tests that show the amount we assume to be in them isn’t usually the case. If they are grown conventionally with chemicals, it’s even less than organic and much less than biodynamically grown lemons.

  • I have been using Vitamin C to make sure the Kefir I make is not adversely affected by washing the glass containers in chlorinated water. I wash them with the regular water but I make sure to do a final rinse with water that has been treated with Vitamin C and/or vinegar to get make sure my probiotics are not getting harmed in the container.

  • do you think orange or lemon oils (like from Young Living or other Co.) would neutralize or do you think in the distillery process the heat would ruin the “ascorbic acid” properties?

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