How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

Since water is an essential part of your everyday life, you might wonder how to remove chlorine from water at home.  You want the water that you drink to be safe and clean.  It would be wonderful if all tap water were truly safe, but it does sometimes contain both chemicals and impurities.  Chlorine is added to tap water to kill off harmful bacteria.  Unfortunately, chlorine, even in the relatively small amounts used in tap water, can be unhealthy to consume.  One solution to this problem is buying bottled water, but that can get expensive and it isn’t good for the environment.  Here are some some suggestions to remove chlorine from water at home.

Use water filters. There are many different brands of pitchers available on the market that have built in filters.  These activated charcoal filters remove chlorine and other impurities from your drinking water.  Over time, however, replacing these filters can get kind of expensive to replace. It can also be inconvenient when your filter pitcher’s alerts you that your filter needs replacing…and it’s 10 pm on a Sunday night.

Install a water treatment system. Better yet, install a water ionizer with treatment capabilities that include filtration and chlorine removal. Although the upfront cost of installing a water ionizer treatment system is greater than using the boiling method, or buying a water pitcher with a filter in it, over time this option can be very cost efficient. And additionally, you not only get the benefits of removing the impurities and chemicals like chlorine from your water, you also end up with alkaline water which has many health benefits and uses that you won’t get from tap or filtered water.

Use Immediately. Chlorine is added to water to make it safer to store and transport. Once the chlorine has been removed, the water should be used as soon as possible. Having water that’s ready to use immediately is another good reason to install your own water treatment system. There’s no waiting for the water to seep through a pitcher filter or to boil then cool down enough to drink.



8 thoughts on “How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

  1. Great article. I applaud you for helping increase awareness of bottled water alternatives. Another benefit worth emphasizing is that kicking the bottled water habit helps the environment by mitigating the enormous drain on natural resources resulting from the manufacture of the plastic bottles (petroleum) and delivery (fuel usage and emissions from transit vehicles both to and from manufacturing facilities). By switching to an alkaline water system in our homes, workplaces, and schools, we not only improve our health and reduce costs associated with reliance on bottled water, we also re-confirm our commitment to eco-conscious living.

  2. There is a plus-side to the last
    listed alternative. You feel more energetic and lose weight even without changing your lifestyle. But you will move more and faster. I’ve used all the alternatives above (except boiling). I’ll take a;kaline ionized water any day.

  3. I heard once that you can remove chlorine by leaving water in an open container for a short time. Apparently this allows the chlorine to evaporate. Does anyone know it this is true? Sounds a bit simplistic to me.

  4. I have color treated hair and I find that chlorinated water takes the color out. Thanks for the boiling information. Hopefully I will spend less at the salon now!

  5. Chlorine evaporates as a gas (generally 24 hrs of open air storage). Must wait at least 24 hrs (especially if being used on vegetation).

  6. Hi, Katrina. I thought I’d confirm what you heard once about leaving water in an open container. The first time I tried making home brewed beer, the yeast didn’t grow. I discovered that was because I hadn’t allowed the chlorine in our town water to evaporate before adding it to the mix. My friends in Orkney, who had given me the recipe, advised me to leave the water open to the air for several hours. Not sure how you can check it’s all gone but perhaps simply by smell. Of course filtering will remove other contaminants besides.

  7. I’m no expert, but leaving water open to the air will allow for some chlorine to evaporate. Since the concentration of chlorine in the air is almost zero, equilibrium will cause it to leave the water, although to remove all chlorine might take quite a long time.

  8. Chlorine can be removed by leaving the water in an open container for a few days, but most, if not all, water sources are treated with chloramins that defy easier methods that are effective for chlorine.

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