Many of us already use water filters for our drinking water and for our shower water, but how do we reduce the many toxins that still remain in our bath water? Even with a whole-house filtration system, many toxins are left behind and can be devastating to our health, especially our children’s health. We also know that many filtration systems themselves have toxins in them, so it is always a great idea to utilize natural products to reduce our exposure and absorption of these toxins.
Children are especially at risk for absorbing these toxins considering their bodies have a larger surface area to body weight ratio which allows them to absorb toxins much quicker. On top of that, children are already much more vulnerable to toxins as their bodies (including their brains) are still growing and the immune systems are still fragile.
As you probably know, the skin is the largest organ humans have. You may not know that not only does our skin absorb everything we put on it within seconds, but it all goes directly into the blood stream where it can be dispersed anywhere in the body. Heavy metals and other toxins are extremely dangerous, particularly to the brain and gut, which also happens to be the main places they end up. In fact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), admitted long ago, that we absorb more chlorine and other toxins from bathing, showering and swimming in the water than we do by drinking the same water filled with the same contaminants! The reason for this is that our body processes toxins differently depending on how we are exposed to them. As in ingestion, injection, absorption, or through inhalation. There are huge differences in the way our bodies process the toxins and in how harmful they will be.
Chlorine alone is extremely scary stuff despite what many will lead you to believe. When chlorine combines with organic matter, it forms trihalomethanes (THMs), with one of the most common ones being chloroform, a very well known carcinogen. Other THMs that are formed include, ditrichloramines and trichloramines which are extremely toxic when consumed, inhaled or applied to the skin.
The more studies that are conducted, the more we realize how dangerous toxins are, especially to infants and children. The blood brain barrier is bypassed in many cases, as is the case with many vaccines, another toxic exposure many parents aren’t even aware of. We also breathe through our skin, so it makes sense to take good care of it and to avoid intentionally putting toxins on it. So after learning all of this, why wouldn’t we try to neutralize and get rid of toxins in our bath water? Below we go over some naturally effective ways to do this, all while reaping more benefits too!
Note: Taking the time to neutralize and remove toxins from our bath water is extremely important especially before doing a detox bath! Many people fail to do this before attempting to detox and actually end up absorbing more toxins. Being that hot water opens our pores and freely allows absorption, it really makes sense to do this first.
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Baking Soda is not only cheap, but is extremely effective at neutralizing chlorine in our bath water. All you need to do is add 1/2-1 C of Baking Soda to the running bath water 5-10 minutes before getting in. Swish the water around a bit to distribute it throughout the water. You have now neutralized the chlorine.
Vitamin C Powder
If you would rather, you can use Vitamin C powder instead of baking soda to neutralize the chlorine in your bath water. There are two types of Vitamin C powder, Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate. Either of these work great, but the Sodium Ascorbate has less of an effect on the PH so many people prefer to use this one instead. I would say it depends on where you live and what your waters PH is. Many people prefer to use Vitamin C bath balls instead of dealing with the powder, either way works great.
Now that you have neutralized the chlorine in your bath water, it’s time to tackle the other toxins. Always remember to neutralize the chlorine before adding the bentonite clay. Bentonite clay has many amazing uses and is extremely good at detoxing our bodies and trapping any toxins in our bath water.
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Bentonite clay swells when mixed with water and acts like a sponge, absorbing and trapping toxins with it’s amazing negative electrical charge that is activated by the water. Being that most toxins including heavy metals, have a positive charge, the bentonite clay attracts them and binds to them where they are trapped. This is an amazing way to not only detox your body, but to reduce toxins in our bath water. Simply add approximately 2-3 T of the bentonite clay to a non-metal bowl or mason jar. Stir in some purified water and mix or shake well. Pour this into the bath after you have neutralized the chlorine in your bath water.
Note: Never use metal bowls or utensils with bentonite clay as it will literally absorb the metals! Use wooden bowls and utensils or BPA free plastic if you do not have wood.
Epsom salt, pink himalayan salt and sea salt are all amazing at helping detox and trap toxins. Salts are already used in most detox baths, but it also helps detox the bath water first. Simply add 1/2-1 C to your bath water after neutralizing the chlorine.
Essential oils have many amazing uses and many are great for detoxing and treating our bath water. Lavender, Peppermint, Oregano, Geranium, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Ginger, Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lemon, Hyssop, Patchouli, Helichrysum and many others are known for being amazing at detoxing. Essential oils make a great addition to your bath.
Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood
Helichrysum, Hyssop, Ylang Ylang
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As you can see, we have many natural and effective ways to neutralize chlorine and rid our bath water of toxins without adding more toxins to do so! Many mainstream products that are sold to treat our water are packed full of other toxins themselves, imagine that.
Thank you all so much for your support and we hope you enjoyed our article! If you know any other ways to treat our bath water naturally, please do leave a comment. The Herb Forest thanks you!