3 Ways to Reduce Chemicals in Bath Water

Three Ways to Reduce Chemicals in Bath Water

Regular tap water can be a source of many chemicals from chlorine to fluoride and many others. At our house, we have a water filter for our drinking water and we also use filters on shower heads.

Since most of our kids are not old enough to take showers yet, I also wanted to find a good option for bath water. I’m yet to find a filter adapter for a bath tub, but I’ve told my dad (an engineer) that he needs to work on one of these!

In the meantime, I wanted to find ways to reduce the chemicals my children were exposed during bath time. My son had allergies and skin troubles since he was a baby (though we’ve almost completely eliminated them now) so this was especially important for him.

Chemicals in Bath Water?

In the 1990s, the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged that a person can absorb more chlorine and other contaminants from bath and shower water than even from drinking water polluted with the same substances.

Unfortunately, this puts children most at risk, as some children bathe for 45 minutes or more several nights a week. Since children also have a larger surface-area-to-body-weight ratio, they may absorb chemicals more quickly and be more severely affected by them.

Children’s tissues, organs and biological systems are still developing, with several stages of rapid growth and development occurring from infancy to adolescence. This rapid development, combined with the immaturity of body organs and systems, predisposes children to potentially more severe consequences within certain age ranges and windows of vulnerability.”

These are the most common things we do to reduce the chemicals in bath water:

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is great for the immune system, but it can also play a role in reducing the chemicals in bath water. Most municipal water supplies use Chlorine to help reduce the number of pathogens in the water.

Unfortunately, the cure can sometimes be as bad as the disease,  as Chris Kresser says in this post:

“When chlorine is used as a water treatment, it combines with organic matter to form compounds called trihalomethanes (THMs), also known as disinfectant byproducts. One of the most common THMs formed is chloroform, which is a known carcinogen. (2) Other THMs formed include the di- and trichloramines formed when chloramine is used as a disinfecting agent. (3) These compounds are toxic when consumed, inhaled, or applied to the skin.”

Carbon block filters (like the one we use for drinking water) will remove chlorine, but they can be tough to use for shower/bath water. Another simple option is to use Vitamin C to neutralize the chlorine in bath water. Vitamin C will also neutralize Chloramine (chlorine and ammonia) which is also often used in treating water and which can be more dangerous than Chlorine.

Two forms of Vitamin C will work to neutralize chlorine more effectively:

If you are interested in the chemical reactions and the by-products, you can find them here. Personally, I prefer to use Sodium Ascorbate form (I use this one) since it has less of an affect on the pH, but either form will work.

Just a teaspoon of either of the above forms of Vitamin C should be enough to neutralize a tub of water and it is best to put the powder in for a 2-5 minutes before getting in the bath to allow it to work.

If you aren’t a fan of having to add powder to the bath each time, there is actually a bath ball de-chlorinator that you can use to accomplish the same thing and it is good for over 200 baths! (This is the one we have)

2. Clay

Healing clays, like Bentonite Clay, bind to heavy metals in the body and help remove them. This same action can happen externally, and clay is often added to baths for detoxing.

One of my favorites is Bentonite Clay (from a previous post):

Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.

As Mountain Rose Herbs explains:

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.”

I use Bentonite Clay to detox my hair and as a “shampoo” of sorts, but I also regularly add bentonite clay to my kids’ bath after removing the chlorine.

Note: Don’t use metal when dealing with Bentonite, as it makes it less effective. I mix 2 tablespoons of Bentonite Clay with water in a glass jar with a plastic lid and shake well. I then pour this in to the bath after the chlorine has been removed. The two types of clay I’ve personally used and had good results with are:

3. Salts & Minerals

I’ve written before (a lot) about magnesium (tired of hearing about it yet?). Due to depleted soil levels of magnesium and use of synthetic fertilizers, many of us don’t get enough magnesium. One of the easiest ways to help kids avoid this problem is to add these minerals to their bath water. From this article about Epsom Salt:

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

At our house, this is what I do:

“I regularly add a cup of epsom salts or magnesium flakes and a few tablespoons of Himalayan salt to my kids baths. When I have the time, I take relaxing baths in this mixture also.

When I can’t take the time for a bath, magnesium oil also helps. Amazingly, I notice the benefits of transdermal magnesium (baths or magnesium oil) much more quickly than when I take internal forms of magnesium.

My favorite Magnesium Bath Recipe

  • 1-2 cups of epsom salts or magnesium flakes(magnesium flakes are absorbed much more easily)
  • 1/2 cup Himalayan or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp of natural vanilla extract
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (I love lavender and mint)

I mix the salt and magnesium flakes and then sprinkle with the vanilla and essential oil. The whole mixture gets added to a warm bath, and I soak for at least 20 minutes, though 30 is preferable.I try to make time for this at least once a week, though my kids get it added to their bath each night.

For intensive therapy (illness, eczema, etc.) these baths can be done daily, though you should check with a doctor if you have any medical conditions.”

Do you add anything to your kids’ bath water? Share below!

Chemicals in bath water can be easily absorbed through the skin and bath water can be more difficult to filter.

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  1. Thank you so much for this! I, too, have a filter on the shower head, but just like you, my kids aren’t old enough for showers yet. I regularly the epsom salts to my kids’ baths (after reading your other post about it!) I was surprised to hear that kids’ baths are typically 45min-2hrs. My kids are in it for only about 10 minutes, tops. I don’t know if that’s enough time for the salt to absorb, but I figure it’s better than nothing, and it’s my paranoia that they’re sitting in unfiltered water that makes me want them out of there as quickly as possible. Thanks to this post, I’ll be purchasing the ball de-clorinator.

    • Thank You for your site, I came across it just in time since I was looking for salt table, due to your information I really know now what I was really needing.

      Thank You

    • Have you thought about filling the tub with the shower head?

  2. Is it safe to add Epsom salts to my 17 month old’s bath? If so, should I use a smaller amount than a cup?

      • My son is 10 months old and i am looking for something to put in his bath but not sure what is safe at this age. There is not that much water in his small bath but he sits in it for around 20 min daily as he loves his bath time.

        Thanks so much.

      • You could fill the tub from the shower head, thus decontaminating the water with the filter. Just make the temperature a little hotter since it is likely to cool down some from the time it takes to fill.

        • good idea! should used filtered water from shower if bath ball filter is not available for bath.

      • What could be the possible harms of putting more than half a cup of Epsom salt in a baby’s bath?

  3. Another way to avoid chemicals: take fewer baths! Especially in the winter, we usually just do a bath once every few days instead of every night. Or take a “cat bath” or sponge bath instead to deals with persistently stinky areas. Americans are pretty attached to daily bathing, but it is not necessary for cleanliness or health!

    • I distinctly remember as young children that we always bathed on Sundays and Wednesdays. So I totally agree with this winter bathing routine. I also remember my mother quizzing us on our math facts in the bathtub…in these measly few hours per week. 🙂

  4. Love your website….what if the child swallows the water with the epsome salts, etc…or gets it in their eyes by accident?

      • Should you use food grade epsom salt? Some of the bags I’ve been looking at say “do not ingest” and some are good as ingestable as a laxative. Is there a better one for kids?

        • When in doubt I think food-grade is probably safer.

          • Thank you! I’ve looked at the San Fran Soak Salts you link to, but can’t tell if they are? Do you know?

  5. I am sorry, but I am confused. What do you mean you add the bentonite clay AFTER the chlorine is removed? Do you add all of these things to one bath? Could you explain it a little more, please?

    • I would also like to know if all the items can be added to the same bath, ie the vitamin c, clay, epsom salt and essential oils

      • I believe she means she adds the clay in after the vitamin C has removed the chlorine.

  6. I have an 8 months old baby… also i have a friend who has a 7 years old girl. She never gave her sodas or colas.. because of the chemicals. One day the girl was invited to a birthday party where for the first time she ate chips, procesed cookies and colas… she got mad, she ate it all… the other mamas noticed this and told her what was up. So she told she have never fed her girl with thah, only carrots for schools snacks, and so wellness foods…
    After all this I think… is it worth to protect that much to your children when, some day they will discover all garbage food anyway.. and dirty water, and so. Isn’t bad to try to hide the sun with a finger?

    • Hi Marcela,
      I understand what you are saying… should we shelter our children from harmful foods so much when one day they will discover them independently? I wholeheartedly say – YES! I don’t have children, but I have a friend who feeds her son very consciously and healthfully. The son, who is 7, has obviously been exposed to processed, unnatural foods from birthday parties, outings, etc., and he himself CHOOSES not to eat that food because he says “it makes his tummy hurt!”
      I think most parents understand their children will be confronted with many confusing options someday, but if they start them on the right path, and as they mature, explain to them their reasoning, they are giving them a solid foundation, not to mention a healthy, robust one! Its what parents are for!

      • Thanks Katie! I’ll try it on that spot

      • I have brought my boys up without chemicals/additives etc and they all have a choice no they are older, the 19 yr old eats all sorts but knows now the foods that make him feel unwell, he is progressing on his own journey now he lives alone but I know I have done the best to give him a good foundation and a heads up on all the rubbish that makes your body ill. The 16 yr old only eats what we eat and refuses at parties etc to have anything that isn’t good for his health, the 15 yr old eats organic meat ( we dont eat meat) again this is his choice but he wouldn’t eat any meat that han’t been well looked after and isn’t organic even a family BBQs etc.
        I think personally that it is better to give them the knowledge.

  7. At what age should I start adding Epsom salt to child’s bath? My little guy is 3.5 months.

    • My baby boy is also 3.5 months. Is this too soon to start doing this? I am also interested in if it is unhealthy to swim in the chlorinated pool water during the summer! 🙂 And a question kind of off topic – are there natural alternatives to bleach for the purpose of cleaning the tub, washing machine etc? I am just starting out to switch to non-chemical cleaners and the advice would be much appreciated. Thank you so much for your work!

      • I use microfiber and baking soda to clean. I do this to the bath water as soon as they are getting baths and not just in the shower with me.

  8. we add Epsom salts and lavender oil to the kids bath. we also put the magnesium butter on their feet before bed.

    • What is magnesium butter?

  9. What an amazingly informative post. Thank you for this, I’ve been thinking a lot these past few months about the water i use for bathing since i moved to London where the water is very chlorinated ..you can sort of smell it when you run the tap. i have definitely noticed it isn’t good for my hair so who knows what it is doing to the skin and the rest of my body. These are seriously amazing suggestions that i’m definitely going to be doing from now on.

    really great post. Thanks! xxx

  10. Thanks so much for this post. We recently moved to a new area and the water here is so heavily treated that the chlorine smell coming from my sink tap makes my eyes burn when I brush my teeth! And I have three little ones who take baths several times a week! So, I have a question… Could raw apple cider vinegar be used as a replacement for the vitamin C? I mean if it is the “acid” in the vitamin C that was neutralizing the chlorine/chloramine would vinegar work as well? I hope you get a chance to answer, I’d really like to know what you thought!

    • I am wondering the same. In fact, it was while doing a search on if ACV neutralizes chlorine that I found this post and this comment.

  11. The drain cover in my bath tub is made of metal. Is this a problem when doing bentonite clay in the bath??

    • I was wondering the same

  12. Hey folks, kind of curious why you don’t run the water into your bathtub via your filtered shower head?

    • Just a thought, but in our house we have only have one tub, and it doesn’t have a shower above it, We have two separate showers. So for us it would be really difficult to fill the tub from the shower! Maybe it’s like that in their house too.

    • We fill our children’s bath with the shower head. Takes longer, but I know it’s been filtered.

      I would also like to know if we should be putting all three items into the bath water, or one at a time.

    • I just read that shower filters are pretty useless as it takes longer to clear chlorine than just ‘passing it through’ the shower head. Be aware of that if you’re relying on that.

  13. Just a cautionary word about adding mint oil to baths. Please be very very careful when doing this, no more than 2-3 drops. I once took a bath and added too much mint oil and came close to hypothermia… it was actually kind of scary. I couldn’t warm back up for hours, even after showering and washing the mint oil off of me.

    • This is a very good point. I’ve used peppermint EO to reduce my son’s fever when it got too high (I don’t normally reduce fevers), and it took just a drop, diluted and rubbed in on the back of his neck and at his temples (with some left over in case he needed more later). I can see how bathing in it would cause a temp drop, even in warm water.

  14. Thank you! That was so informative. Especially the bentonite clay!

  15. I am slightly confused about the bentonite clay. Does it dissolve into the water or does it float around like a clump? And does it (or any of the other suggestions) bother the children, as far as drinking the water or the water getting in their eyes? Thanks!

    • Bentonite clay will settle to the bottom, if not sprinkled on and mixed in well. It will clump if just dumped in, but it is a clay, and therefore will react like a glob of mud. You can mix it up with your hands after, while in the water. (it is slimy, just exactly like mud, so childhood memories will come flooding back if you do this!!) Also, it is safe to ingest ( some people do this intentionally for detox reasons), so accidentally swallowing some won’t hurt. Don’t know about the eyes, but I’m guessing that a little won’t do much damage, but shouldn’t be rubbed in if it does get into the eyes.

  16. Thanks! This is great! As a lover of baths I was worried about the chlorine… I had a carbon bath faucet ball but it never fit properly on my tub’s faucet so was rendered essentially useless… I will try the vitamin C solution! So happy to learn of this.

  17. How does shampoo and hair conditioner work with all this? Would the shampoo/body wash interact with the vitamin c, or salts? I do really need to shampoo and condition their hair or it is a tangled mess. Just don’t want any chemical reactions,

    And I guess this means I need to dechlorinate another bucket of water to use for rinsing too since the handheld shower head would still have chlorine… Or do the shower filters work on handheld shower heads too?

  18. I have a filter for my bathtub,the brand is Sprite. You can only order online, check on Amazon.

  19. I use Epsom salts and love them and I drink bentonite clay to detox heavy metals. I am curious about adding bentoite clay to the bath water but am reluctant to do so for fear of clogging my drains. It is clay and it will settle and plumbers are expensive. Am I missing something here?

  20. The chlorine or chloramine is a concern but so is the fluoride that they add to our water! Is there anything we can add to take this out of the bath water?
    I am looking into purchasing a filtration system for our drinking water but I won’t be able to use it for the bath or shower. Our Shower is also a removable hose type so not sure if the filter shower head is going to work for us.
    Any suggestions will be helpful and appreciated! 🙂

    • I use 1 Tablespoon of Borax in tub to neutralize fluoride.

      • Really? I can’t even clean with borax without gloves. It doesn’t bother your skin? I’d definitely be cautious of this, some people won’t even use it in their dishwasher because they are eating off of something cleaned with borax.

  21. I’m actually working with a company that sells ionizers to produce alkaline water and I’ve learned SO much about tap water. Tap water has a neutral pH of 7 because the government doesn’t want it eventually rusting our pipes and costing them millions (if not billions) of dollars to fix. Yet, they allow producers to sell bottled water that has a less than neutral pH. Stear clear of Dasani water. It’s one of the most acidic brands of bottled water you can buy… and sadly, used to be my favorite.

    • The reason why tap water is a neutral PH is because of the chemicals in it. Besides chlorine or chloramine and fluoride most tap water also contains lye. The lye is what reduces the acidity of the water and keeps pipes from rusting.

      As for bottled water brands like Dansani, Vitamin Water, SmartWater, Aquafina and Arrowhead are all super acidic. The leaching from the plastic also adds additional chemicals to the water. If you have to drink bottled water in plastic then Crystal Geyer is the least acidic.

      I prefer drinking all my bottled water from glass and my favorite water in Mountain Valley Spring water. It has a neutral PH.

  22. What shower head filter do you recomend?

  23. I too am a little confused. So do you remove the chlorine before you do any of these things or does the salt and vitamin c filter the water? Also can’t you use baking soda to filter the water? And I also have a metal drain, can i still add the clay to the bath water?

    • The vitamin C will remove the chlorine so it should be done first, and then you can add the salts or clays. Baking soda won’t counteract the chlorine…

      • Can I use store bought citric acid used for cooking?

  24. Have you happened to research well water? We have very hard water with plenty of lime and/or calcium remnants in all places where water is allowed to air dry. Do you suppose an additive (such as one of the three listed above) would be beneficial for the children or would the spring, which feeds the well, have enough natural vitamins, clay and salt/minerals in it to make adding it obsolete?

    • I lived in rural Colorado for years and had bad well water. we had it tested by a lab in Grand Junction and found it really was not safe to drink of course so always had drinking water brought in by delivery but unfortunately had no alternative for baths/showers then… smarter now and living in the city. So having a heavy metals test done on myself and also using the Vit. C and Epsom salts in my baths here in the city. So Id suggest getting your well water tested for all the mineral/contaminant levels… especially if there are farms nearby

  25. Just fill the tub with your shower head filter. I turn on the shower, close the shower curtain and let it fill while we get the tots ready.

  26. Is there any reason why you wouldn’t just run the bath water from the shower head for kids’ baths?

  27. oh, I see someone else is asking the same question. Sorry!

  28. Hi! Could you Tell me which shower head filter you use?

  29. Hi! Have you tried a bath ball? I use this for my daughter and the tub water runs through it before filling the tub and filters out all of the chemicals 🙂 I just discovered your site – love it and looking forward to reading through all of your informative articles!

  30. I am interested in learning more on the magnesium butter.
    I read that magnesium deficiency can cause a lot of health issues like depression.
    Where do you get magnesium butter? Thanks

  31. I have a question. If chlorine is so worrisome, what are your thoughts about swimming in a pool? I swim regularly for exercise and my four-year-old is taking swimming lessons. Is this a bad idea??

    • Firstly I am no expert on the matter of health but here is my view . . I read so many comment os people worrying or bordering on paranoia about exposure to toxins and chemicals that could potentially cause damage. My answer would be to really chill out a bit.

      The benefits of exercise and learning the life skill of swimming negates the risk of any exposure in my opinion.

      Limit exposure in situations where you have control, check your health regularly, eat healthily and detox where possible. In situations where you cannot limit the exposure then trust that your body will right itself. If you give it the correct tools and environment most of the time then there is no reason to suspect that it won’t. Stressing about issues only makes your immune system weaker and less able to deal with them.

      If we all knew how many toxic chemicals we were exposed to just by stepping outside the door then we would never go out. The mind and body connection is a real and strong phenomena so again, trust that your body will right yourself and it likely will . . Meditation and visualization for cleansing the body/self healing can be a very powerful tool. There are many free videos on youtube if you are interested.

      • Amen! I totally agree, stressing doesn’t help anyone!

  32. I love your post! I’ve always been paranoid about the chemicals in water. I have read numerous times not to stay in an Epsom salt bath for more than 10 min as the toxins can be reabsorbed. I don’t know if you have read that at all in your research and what you think about it.

  33. Hi, I am coming across this post from Pinterest! I occasionally, not every time, use epsom salts for our baths but after reading this will use it every time and want to try the sea salt as well. I have an unopened 5 pound bag my dad bought me for cooking and was hoping you could tell me if it mattered what kind is used? It’s a red alaea salt so it’s Hawaiian sea salt with alaea {volcanic clay}. I’m assuming since it’s edible that it’s okay for the bath as well and probably good for us. The place it came from says it has digestible dietary iron and other trace minerals {but doesn’t specify}.

    Thank you!

  34. This is a great article! I have tested water with the vitamin C and it does a great job at neutralizing the chlorine. I am familiar with the clays also but have not done any water testing with them. I would imagine that they would be better than vitamin C at removing some of the more toxic byproducts from chlorine. We used to carry vitamin C shower filters but the company stopped manufacturing them. The Sprite shower heads are misleading as they do an okay job but the filter is only good for about 2 months in the testing I have done. Also the KDF media is not effective with the most toxic compounds in tap water being the THM’s and other byproducts produced by chlorine. The only way to really reduce the chlorine and the byproducts from tap water are to have a whole house carbon filter installed but even then it needs to have at least 1 cubit foot of carbon and a high quality carbon which is not often sold by companies. The best thing is to find a local water professional near by and talk to them but be careful of high pressure sales employed by most companies. A simple carbon backwashing system should only run you between $900 – $2000 depending on size, plus installation for a good system. The carbon will need to be exchanged every few years but the unit should last you a lifetime. I hope maybe this helps a few people. If you can’t afford a whole house unit then at least try to use the vitamin C and clay to help protect your body from the chemicals.

  35. Would citric acid counteract the chlorine? Or does it strictly have to be ascorbic acid?

  36. Hey,
    First of all, I love your site! Thanks for all of your hard work!!

    I have a question about this..
    I am pregnant and planning for a water birth. Would vitamin C, bentonite clay and sea salt be good to add to the birth pool?
    I am having a hard time finding information about removing chlorine and other unwanted chemicals or heavy metas from the birth pool.
    Although, I’ve found a few sites that say it is beneficial to birth in chlorinated water to kill off bacteria!

    I would love to hear any advice you have whatsoever.

    Thank you so much!! Can’t wait to hear what you have to say:)

    Christel

    • You could add Vitamin C…. I wouldnt add the others as they might be too harsh for baby’s skin, but I wouldnt worry about it too much either way since baby isn’t in the water for that long. Congrats!

  37. Hi,
    I bought some ascorbic acid and added about a teaspoon to my bath. I noticed a very metallic smell. Is this normal when using the vitamin C?

    • It will have some of a smell, especially if your water has a lot of chlorine

      • Thank you for taking the time to answer! I bought a 500 gram bag and it was a very strong smell but I am going to use it for other purposes as well like your vitamin C serum. Thanks for all of your helpful tips and articles. I have learned so much on my journey to wellness.

  38. Hello, and thank you for your great website. I tried this with my little girls’ bath, but their long hair came out kind of…chalky? and very hard to brush out. Any ideas why and what to do about it?

  39. We, also, have a filter on our shower, and for our small children to take baths we fill the bath tub up by running the shower, so the water does get filtered.

  40. Hi there!
    I am loving your website! I have been printing many articles of your DIY home natural remedies and yummy recipes. I was wondering what kind of filter you use for your shower as I know not all brands get the job done?
    Thank you! 🙂

  41. Hi, can you please tell me which specific type of shower filter do you use? Thanks~

    • Jess not sure if you ever got a response from Katie the one I like is the Omica Shower Filter. They sell them on Amazon. Just be sure to read the installation instructions and first use instructions. The first time you use it the water comes out purplish because the filter uses charcoal to filter the water. Just let the water run for a few minutes and it will lighten up fairly quickly. Then after that it will be clear. I like the fact that it lasts for 6 to 8 months.

      A friend of mine also likes the Aquasana AS-4100NSH. It is also on Amazon.

      Either can be used with most existing shower heads.

  42. Do you add Mg and Bentonite clay to the bath water at the same time? Mg is a metal on the periodic table so I am wondering if the Mg would deactivate the Bentonite clay. Thanks!

  43. Would any of these be safe to use with toddler or infant age group children?
    Thanks!

  44. Hi! My babes is currently 10 months and about 20#. Would you recommend halving or quartering the mineral recipe for her bath?

  45. Any recommendation for a good and affordable drinking water filter. Your website is amazing and so are your recipes. The chocolate chip cookie is my fav. Thanks a lot.

  46. We have well water with a water softener. What can we do to help the quality of our bath and drinking water?

  47. Hi Katie, which specific brand of vitamin C shower filter do you use? I’ve been looking at a couple different brands but have no idea which to buy. I trust your recommendation. Thanks!

  48. Hi Wellness Mama, we use a full house filter. It was about $600 and worth every cent (both our daughters have eczema) It flares up every now and again and isn’t totally gone but it was so much better the minute we installed the filter. Highly recommend a full house filter system! We change the filters every 6 months.

    • What brand? Can’t believe you got a whole house filter for only $600.!!! Most run in the $1,000.’s!
      I’d like to get what you have! Thanks!

  49. So add vitamin C, then add the clay and then add the salts? I want to make sure I am understanding the order so that I get the best results and cleanest bath water for kiddos. 🙂

  50. What do you think of mineral water. We started drinking sparkling water (no sugars, flavorings or sodium) to help kick the soda habit. Now I’m wondering about doing the mineral water version to help get more magnesium and because I enjoy the bubbly drinks. Any thoughts on this as a source for magnesium and other minerals?

    • I love mineral water. It isn’t my main source of water but I do enjoy drinking it when I can…

  51. Hi Katie… LOVE your site! I have a question about the magnesium bath recipe above. I’ve used it the last few months on my 4 year old son because he has had severe eczema. It has helped his skin tremendously. My question is my almost 5 month old baby girl has eczema. I know diet has a lot to do with it (after experimenting with my son) and I am no longer able to nurse (long story) but I make her formula. She did start developing the eczema when I was nursing. Do you think the magnesium bath recipe above would be ok to put her in? I’ve been adding the Vitamin C but was hoping to try the magnesium.

    I know you are VERY busy and if you have a moment to respond that would be wonderful.

    Gaylene

  52. I am using ascorbic acid to neutralize fuoride and chlorine in bathwater. I would also like to use the bentonite clay but their instructions warn that the clay may eventually clog your plumbing. Do you have a fix for this? Thanks

  53. What specific vitamin C shower head brand do you use? do you attach it to another filter as well?

  54. I dont have a single water filter in my house. I have a 4 year old and a 2 week old and i always use our tap water to cook and bathe them. I didnt even know all this was bad. What kind of filter do you recomend for our house? …feeling a little overwhelmed with everything we have to do to keep our kids safe.. ???? thank you so much for your advice

  55. Myself and Kids take quite a few baths. Could we use C-Comples Power: Includes Vit C (from Calcium Ascorbate), Calcium (from calcium Ascorbate), citrus bioflavonoids, rose hips power and acerola power as a way to neutralize the chlorine? Thank You for your help!!

  56. Are the Epsom salts effective on their own or do you have to add the oils?

  57. Katie, what do you recommend for a shower head filter?

  58. So does using the vitamin C powder work good enough on it’s own to neutralize the chlorine or do you recommend using both the powder and the ball? Thanks

    • I’ve actually been meaning to have them lab tested, but I think the powder works well enough on its own.

      • That’s interesting! Did you happen to get your labs run?^

  59. Hello-I found this article very interesting as my husband and I recently left our rental due to high (above federal regulation) levels of TTHM, haloacetic acids, & phosphorus reported in our water. My husband was having asthma attacks after showering, and I had been sick for over 2 mos. without any understanding as to what was causing it before we made the water connection. I am still sick – very fatigued & achey. I’m wondering if you would have any recommendations on ways to detoxify from what we were exposed to? We have obviously removed ourselves entirely from the source. We are taking milk thistle & probiotics. I’m desperate to get better and for my body to heal from the damage. Let me know of any suggestions. thanks so much.

  60. Do you feel its safe to add the vitamin C to a newborns bath? Im due to have my first baby soon and just trying to figure out how to clean the water before bathing him.

    • I’ve added it in small amounts to neutralize chlorine since I don’t feel chlorine is safe for newborns but I’d check with a doc…

  61. I tried this tonight, adding 1 tsp sodium ascorbate to my kids bath. Than I added 1/2 cup Epsom salts than 3 drops lavender. I also added just a squirt of Dr. Bronners up scented soap for bubbles. After a little bit the bathroom smelled of a strange metal-y smell. (For lack of a better description) Is this normal? It kind of freaked me out like I caused some sort of chemical reaction that wasn’t right.

  62. Does this apply to well water? We live in “the country” and do not have city water? We do have a filtration system due to hard water.

    • It would depend on the water quality specifically but it definitely would not hurt.

  63. Love this blog so much!

    Having trouble finding sodium ascorbate locally…what about calcium ascorbate? Can that be used? Will it affect the ph of the water?

    Thanks!

    • You should be able to find ascorbic acid (Vitamin C Powder) in most health food stores.

  64. Thanks for this post Katie! I had a water home birth and had to use the tap water. Could you add this to your birthing tub?

  65. In researching this further on the internet, I read that the sodium ascorbate produces a by-product of dehydroascorbic acid. Is that a problem for sitting in the bath?

    And, what would the results be on skin if taking baths regularly in a lower pH (if using the ascorbic acid)? My daughter has severe eczema, and I give her epsom salt baths regularly, and I”m so happy to have discovered this way of removing the chlorine from her bath water, but I don’t know what it would mean for her skin if the pH was lowered?

    Jill

  66. Will bathing asorbic acid cause a yeast infection? Do you absorb it into your body whwre the asboric acid can kill healthu gut flora? My asboric acid is l-asboric acid but I do not notice it fizz when I put it in.

    • Similarly, I’ve been taking a lot of Epsom salt baths and recently used a few homemade bath bombs with citric acid. Can this mess up your pH system? I just developed a vaginal bacterial infection and wondered if that might be the cause.

  67. My 5 year old swims in school and they don’t bathe after swimming and so there are SEVERAL hours before he gets a bath before bedtime. Is there something I can make and send or buy and send (natural products) that can be applied to his body and head to remove the chlorine/chemicals till he gets his bath. That way I can send some of the mama-stuff to school. I work fulltime so I have limited time but I can try out a recipe over weekends to make something out of earthly ingredients. I stumbled upon your site and look to some good suggestions 🙂

  68. I have done a lot of research lately on low Magnesium and use of Epsom salt baths or Mag flakes in bath. Curious to know your thoughts between the two … From what I read the Mag flakes are more readily absorbed. I have 2.5 year old twin girls who have low Magnesium … I have some Epsom salts so going to start there … Should I use a cup in their bath? I am going to add Vitamin C as well … Do you add anything else to kids’ bath?

  69. I have a septic tank. I am wondering if putting these things down the drain will cause a build up over time. I plan to get a filter for the water. However the clay is a concern of mine.
    Thanks for any info!

  70. Hi what kind of shower filter do. You recommend. Thanks

  71. I am having a home birth and depending on how things go, may birth in a tub. Do you think putting the vitamin c in the pool is safe to deliver the baby in as well?

    • We purchased a shower filter (because they don’t make ones that fit over the regular bathtub faucet). We chose the Berke brand. In order to fill the tub, my husband went to Home Depot and got a piece of clear tubing (they have it on spools). It connects to the shower filter and goes down to the tub to prevent splashing.

  72. What filter do you use for your shower head?

  73. This is a great Website with so much great articles! Thank You!

    I have a question about 3x3meters and 75cm in depth = 4000 liters garden family pool that you can buy for really low amount of money in any supermarket… It is a simple rubber pool that you need to blow an air in it, and that says that you can preserve water in it for a 3-4 weeks max., and then the water need to be really completely replaced… 🙂

    However, the “Super Chlorgran” chemical, that it is “advisable” to buy for this Family pools are “so toxic”, that it says in the instruction papers, that the water that is treated with this chemical is poisonous for drinking water or for waterlife in a long-term, and also, that the water from the pool mixed with this chemical cannot be later simply transferred directly from the pool to city sewerage or in a garden soil, so, I do not know what this implicates at the end, because it is a finished sentence in the instruction paper for this chemical, but I figured out, that you really need to call some special cistern disposable unit to move this water from your pool and carry out completely and physically from your home!

    – Precaution or no precaution, since this is my garden and in the nearby I have also my garden with fruit and vegetables plant it in, since we have a really, really quality and superb (every 2 years lab checked physically and bacteriological) drinking water just from the weld in my own garden, since all neighbors around me also have a weld with drinking water, I simply refuse and do not want to buy this chemical(s) at all for this of my Family pool, just place outside in our garden for 2-3 months at the Summer and that’s all.

    Is there any, any advice that you can give me for this temporary garden pools also here?

    Thank You in advance for your most kind answer and best regards from Europe!

  74. Hi there,
    Thanks for your advice.
    What about Ozonating water to remove the chlorine? I have a machine that can do that and am wondering if it would be effective.
    Let me know,
    Thanks.

  75. I hope this isn’t a silly question,but would these measures be safe to add to a small kiddie pool? I’ve read through the comments but did not see mention of that.

    • Great question- I would think it would be fine, and that is a great idea, since that water would contain chlorine as well.

  76. When I add the Vitamin C (same kind you use) to our bath water a strong metallic odor occurs. If it matters, we do have super hard water. What could the smell be? I don’t know if I want my 2 yr old bathing in it, or me. Thanks!

  77. My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed at 8 years of age with Polyarticular Rheumatoid arthritis. She has been on many meds with no results. I bought magnesium flakes and bentonite clay for her baths but am unsure if: 1) Should I combine the flakes and the clay into one bath?
    Or 2) Should she have the magnesium bath 1st then the clay bath? And if this is the case, how far apart should the baths be?
    3) does baking soda neutralize the water enough before I add anything else to the bath water? Thanks in advance!

  78. Great info Katie.
    The whole water filtration topic is very complex and different for different localities, well water etc. Shower filters make us feel like we are doing something but in the end are not very effective.

    As a previous poster mentioned, the best system is the whole house, a water quality test before system design is critical. Local water districts are required to test the water and report those findings which are usually available from your water supplier.

    Unfortunately, Fluoride is extremely difficult to remove from water and most filters are essentially ineffective against it. After a few years of research I have figured the best solution is to stop the introduction of it in the first place, it is even in many bottled waters.

    I have begun and encourage others as well to educate you neighbors and campaign to have it removed from your water. Why are we being ‘force medicated’ against our will?

  79. Hi Wellness Mama, this was very interesting to read and I have been using Ascorbic Acid in my bath for a while now, and I just wanted to know if citric acid is the same thing and if I could use it in the bath as well.

  80. Hey Katie,
    I just ordered the bath ball for my baby boys baths and am wondering if you use the ball do you also need the vitamin c?

    • Nope, the bath ball replaces the vitamin c, though you could still add it to benefit the skin if you wanted to

  81. Love the info and comments! I don’t think I have heard a clear answer yet on what the metallic smell is when using Vit. C ascorbate and if it is SAFE. Could you please address that question? Thanks so much! Will start with the Vit. C powder probably and then consider a shower filter after doing some research.

    • From what I have read, this is a normal result of the process by which chlorine is neutralized, but definitely do your own research to be sure!

  82. I think you folks need to understand that the ph of the water you drink, and the ph of the water you bath in are two very diffrent ph values.

    Do your own research… im just another ass with an logic based opinion. I am not a medical professional.

    Call me a nut, but i adjust my bath water between 5-6 ph ….i dont care what form the acid. Citric, Ascorbic, vinegar, hell even muriatic will do the job. But no one here can tell you how much to use(and be right)!!!!!!!! Buy a cheap ph meter ….get a electronic pen, or even a pool ph tester.

    Test it. Test it. Test it. Test it.

    All you folks with well water being ignored……

    You don’t have chlorine to deal with, but Think about pathogens and viruses. That’s what the chlorine fixes. Uv light works great for your major issue..
    Bottom line….. for well or city water…

    For your drinking water …..
    Get a 7 stage reverse osmosis filter with UV sterilization for drinking water. Get one with a pump. Ebay…200 bucks or so..

    For you bath water……
    Get a ph meter…
    Acids…. (for legal reasons) stick to the vitamin C…… but get a cheap tester

    Epsom salt is great! Also lowers ph like an avid.

    The clay ……. i did not do the research….it seems like a good idea…..i may try it… dont expect to see am obvious effect. Show me the test that shows your removing heavy metals from you body.

    Chlorine
    filter it for drinking water!!!
    Bath water
    Find me an Olympic swimmer with chlorine poisoning and we will go from there.

    Otherwise it is air soluble….. bubble air through it. Fill the tub with the shower head. All voodoo if you ask me…. i’m no doctor do your own research.

    Big fan of borax…..but will raise your pH levels.

    Borax and boric acid are not the same thing

    Hope that helped someone…..do your own research…i am just a ass with an opinion.

  83. Did you make any adjustments for your son with eczema? I can’t tell if the Epsom salts and vitamin c is irritating my skin it’s so flared up already. Trying to do GAPS and I want to detox but my skin seems worse (it’s only been a week).

  84. Is this safe to bathe in while pregnant? Thanks!

    • Check with your Dr./Midwife, but I’ve used it without issue while pregnant…

  85. Will the clay work at taking lead out of the water? I have a lot of friends with kids living in Flint and kids are having reactions to the lead in the water. If the Clay can help that, I’ll go buy some for them…

  86. Great article! Thank you so much. I do take regular Epsom salt and Himalayan salt baths. Just wondered, can I add the bentonite clay to it too or is that best used on it’s own?

  87. I really appreciate the info in this article and in the comments. Have you found that the bentonite clay clogs the drain, or do you use a catch to keep it from going down the drain? I’ve read elsewhere that people who have used it recommend not letting it down the drain, saying it will clog it up.

  88. Hi I’m do sorry for the late comment considering how old this thread is but since I’ve stumbled unto your site it has changed my life and it’s made it easier for me to slowly switch to a healthier lifestyle (I have a stubborn husband who thinks I go overboard lol) especially since I had my son.

    So I’ve been researching on bath filter balls but it’s made me really hesitant as my research is leading me to believe that it works at first but not what it really claims to do or it just doesn’t work. I do want to invest in a shower filter but my apartment has a specialized shower head in place so it’ll have to wait.

    So because of the lack of confidence I have in the bath filters I really want to try this method on my son because unfortunately he inherited my dry skin and in AZ with the extreme hard water, the heat, and all those nasties in the water it isn’t a good combination. And because of this I only give him baths once a week or wipe him down with my homemade cloth wipes. He is five months old and pretty big for his age so I was wondering if the measurements in your list above is safe to use for him.

    Also I plan on making magnesium oil to use so I’m not going to use it with the bath (do you recommend using magnesium oil on babies?) . Honestly I was just planning on doing the Vitamin C and Redmond Clay. But instead of the magnesium/Epsom mix I actually wanted to use oatmeal to help with the dry skin. Would it be okay for me to mix the oatmeal with the vitamin c and clay?

    If I can get any advice I’d be extremely grateful! Thank you for taking the time to read. By the way huge fan of WellnessMama! Thank you for helping to improve our lives!

  89. You add the whole mixture from the recipe to the bath every bath or just a part of the mixture. Love your site!

  90. Can I use Calcium ascorbate instead of Sodium ascorbate? I have some of the calcium already.

  91. Thank you for sharing this useful information..more power!

  92. Do you have a bath/shower combo? You said you had shower head filters, why don’t you just use that to fill the bathtub?

    We buy filtered water for cooking and drinking but don’t have a way to filter it for baths. This article was very helpful to me. Thanks!

  93. Why do you add the vanilla?

  94. Hi Mama,

    First I love your website!

    I was just wondering on this topic as I m planing to try and filter fluoride from water with bentonite clay, how does the fluoride go if we still bath in the same water and clay? How does it get rid of it?

  95. We just recently found out about lead (and other dangerous crap) in the water in our area, We do not drink out of the tap but my almost 4 year old bathes for 1.5 hours daily. What can I do? I can’t imagine the filtered shower head would eliminated metals? Thanks in advance!

  96. I really appreciate a lot of info in this post. Especially the last point about bath salts. I have magnesium flakes for my mag oil, but didn’t think to use it in my 18mo’s bath too!
    Quick question on that part, Does adding salts/mag flakes specifically *reduce* any chemicals, or are they just great for adding some healthful minerals to our the systems?

    Thanks much!

  97. Would something like this work well and be safe to use in a child’s bath water to remove chemicals..

    http://amzn.to/29osTCA