Simple, effective recipes for ‘dechlorinating’ lotion and spray

Last weekend I was at a swim meet where the chlorine was so strong that some of the swimmers had allergic-type asthmatic reactions and almost all of them complained of burning skin and cracking lips.

As I spoke to other parents I realized none of them knew how to make dechorinating lotion and spray for their kids, so I shared the recipes I’ve been using for my son – and I decided to share them with you, too, because they’re so simple to make – and so effective.  I love making things to help take care of people!

Here are the recipes for you to try at home.

Dechlorinating Lotion

Recipe (from http://www.WellnessMama.com)

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons  warm water
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin C powder
  • 2 tablespoons Shea Butter Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils to suit your preference

Instructions

  1. Combine oils and beeswax in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
  2. In another small jar or bowl, add the vitamin c powder to the warm water and stir until dissolved.

  3. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place the jar with the oils inside the saucepan and turn on medium heat.

  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into a small blender or food processor. (Keep in the jar if using an immersion blender that will fit in the top of the jar.)

  5. With blender or food processor on, slowly add the water/vitamin C mixture until blended and emulsified.

  6. Store in an air-tight glass jar.

  7. Use before swimming (preferably after rinsing skin) to minimize chlorine exposure. This is purposefully a small batch since no preservatives are used.

  8. Enjoy and be chlorine free!

 

Homemade Dechlorinating Spray

Recipe (from http://www.WholeNewMom.com )

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Filtered Water
  • 5 grams (1 tsp)  Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid)
  • A spray bottle

Method

  1. Using a funnel, add water to a glass, metal or stable plastic spray bottle.
  2. Add the ascorbic acid.
  3. Put lid on bottle and shake to combine.
  4. After swimming, spray the solution all over, including on hair.
  5. Rub the solution in, making sure to cover all of your skin.  If the Vitamin C doesn’t cover your skin, it won’t protect it.
  6. Shower as usual.

You should notice that your hair and skin smell much better after using this spray than if you only showered using shampoo and soap.

** Please note that you should only make a very small batch of this at a time and preferably store in the refrigerator and use within 24 hours as there is no broad-spectrum preservative in it.

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