How To Remove Chlorine From Water

Caution TapeI always wanted to know how to remove chlorine from water ever since I took a big gulp of it from a swimming pool. It made me feel really sick and basically ruined my day.

I always saw the skull and crossbones warning on the bag of chlorine and just logically assumed it was okay since after all, it cleaned the swimming pool.

Then I noticed a nasty smell and taste in my tap water and it was game over. I wanted to find out why was in my H2O.

How To Remove Chlorine From Water – The Why Part

So why would I want to remove chlorine from my drinking and bathing water? During my studies, I found that they have to wear protective rubber gloves and protective respiration devices just to handle the chlorine.

Chlorine gas can cause serious injury or even death. We are exposed to this chlorine by drinking it and bathing in it.

It’s added to the mix to kill bacteria and other harmful life forms, so why would it be safe for you and I to drink?

Decades of research has now shown that chlorine and its byproducts are very harmful for your health. It has been shown to cause damaging effects to heart, lung, kidney and central nervous system, as well as cancer.

In fact, studies in 2006 examined a combined total of almost 8,000 people and showed that higher consumption of tap can increase the risk of bladder cancer in men.

How To Remove Chlorine From Water – The Right Way

When I first started learning about the effects of chlorine I didn’t know of many products available so I bought the ones you see most on TV commercials.

It said it filtered chlorine and it was cheap so I was super excited. It definitely took the smell and taste away but a few years later I found that it didn’t take that much out. I didn’t smell it or taste it but it was plentiful in there and could still cause health problems.

I finally found the Berkey series of water filters and before I bought I looked at their certified testing results and I also read dozens of testimonials.

The testing showed that the Black Berkey filters eliminated trihalomethanes to below detectable levels as well as chlorine itself and other chlorine byproducts to below detectable levels.

The Berkey shower filters reduce 95% of chlorine so I scored big time!

I got it out of my drinking supply and I mostly got it out of my shower supply and I could tell a difference right away. I felt better physically and just knowing I was dealing with clean H2O every day made me feel even better.

In a nutshell, the way I learned how to remove chlorine from water was by doing a bit of studying and discovering the Berkey water filter company.

To learn more about these products allow me to direct you here.


  1. Very interesting article! It reminded me of my younger years when I used to swim all of the time at a community swimming pool. I have not swam in chlorine water for quite a few years now, typically because I only swim in the ocean or in some rivers on occasion. It is very strange to think how humans have taken such a dangerous chemical and adapted it for use in our swimming pools and in our water systems to clean and purify the water. While it does undoubtedly help get the water clean, it is dangerous in and of itself. I would need to check statistics and compare the disease risks that would result from swimming in locations that are not treated with chlorine (and presumably relatively stagnant as well) to effectively compare for swimming. With that said, drinking chlorine is inherently not healthy at all. While it may not kill you immediately, the potential results are devastating in the long-term. It is important to get some sort of filter system in place that helps you counteract this dangerous chemical.

    Like I said though, this is a pretty great article filled with a lot of information I was never really aware of. I’d just recommend in the future linking to these statistics so the nerds among us (like me!) can check them out more easily.

  2. Hi Chris. Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience with chlorine in the water. I’m so glad I could share my expertise with you and give you info you may not have thought of before. Chlorine is a nasty chemical and families can take precautions to keep them safe.

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