Thursday, March 17, 2011
My water was measured for chlorine today using a pool chlorine test and found to be at 3 parts per million. I was surprised, being as that's twice the desireable level of chlorine needed in a pool to prevent algae from forming and nasties blooming.
But I was even more surprised when I added a minute amount of pure vitamin C and saw the test sample turn from bright yellow to clear literally instantaneously... indicating that the chlorine had been neutralized at a lightening fast rate.
Try it for yourself. You can get the pool kits at Home Depot if they sell pool supplies, or at your local pool supply store. Kits run about $15.
Now I keep a large, recycled glass juice bottle and add a little powdered C to it and refill it as necessary for my drinking and cooking needs. It doesn't change the taste, but it does remove the chlorine.
I use the generic Sprouts brand, called "vitamin C crystals" pure ascorbic acid, no fillers, but there's plenty for sale online . Or your local vitamin store may carry it.
It comes as a powder and costs between $8 -$16 for 8 oz, which will last a really lonnnng time.
Alternately, you could just squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime in your water.
With chlorine removal being this easy, its kinda ridiculous not to do it.
Take care of youse!
Since this blog, I've switched to drinking distilled water to which I've added a peppercorn sized bit of pure vitamin C. For 88 cents, it was just easier for me to buy it at Walmart and be done with it.
I got a letter from the City a few weeks after this blog, stating that there were unacceptably high levels of E. coli in the public water supply. Apparently this is why there was so much chlorine in my tap water... an attempt to kill it.
Now I only use tap water for washing/soaking produce which I do in a large stainless steel bowl.
I add a bit of C to this water to get rid of the Chlorine and Chloramines.
I also have a vitamin C filter on my shower head.
I know when its time to change it, because my scalp gets itchy and my hair sheds.