How to Get Chlorine Out of Your Hair

Six Methods:Soap and WaterVitamin CBaking SodaTomato PastePrell and Lemonade PowderApple Vinegar

Chlorine may eventually turn your blonde hair green if you swim every day, it will dry out your hair, and it doesn't have a pleasant smell. Fortunately, there are many easy and healthy home remedies you can use, and we will show you some of the ways to get the chlorine out.

Method 1
Soap and Water

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    Shower and shampoo your hair immediately after swimming. For most people this will be an effective way to prevent chlorine buildup.
    • For more effective results, try using a shampoo specifically made for removing chlorine, such as UltraSwim, available online and at discount pharmacies.
    • Using a conditioner after shampooing will help with smooth, soft, and shiny hair. If you have curly hair it is very important to use conditioners.

Method 2
Vitamin C

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    Apply a vitamin C solution. Chlorine is an oxidant that chemically reacts with your hair and skin, and can be very difficult to wash away with conventional shower methods.
    • Vitamin C crystals (available from Trader Joe's as well as health and wellness stores) are very inexpensive, and can be used for much more than hair and skin care.
    • Dissolve one teaspoon (5 grams) of vitamin C crystals in a one-pint spray bottle of water.
    • You can also mix with a normal-sized bottle of shampoo or body soap—it's just a little harder to be sure the vitamin C is fully dissolved.
    • Spray yourself all over, rub it in with your hands, then rinse off or bathe as usual.
    • Be sure to completely cover your hair and skin—it can’t work where it doesn’t reach.
    • You’ll know right away how well this works by how your skin and hair smell. If you still smell chlorine, repeat the process.

Method 3
Baking Soda

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    Make a baking soda solution. Baking soda will effectively remove chlorine and other chemicals from your hair.
    • You can make a solution with one tablespoon (15 grams) baking soda to one cup (250ml) water, or a paste with one tablespoon (15 grams) baking soda and just enough water to make a paste.
    • Wash your hair with the baking soda solution. Your hair may feel a bit slimy when shampooing, that means it's working.
    • Rinse your hair thoroughly, then follow your normal hair-care routine.

Method 4
Tomato Paste

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    Try tomato paste. Wash your hair as normal, then apply a gob of tomato paste to your hair. Use as much as you need depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
    • Comb it through your hair, and let sit for 30 minutes.
    • Rinse thoroughly, then wash and condition your hair as normal.

Method 5
Prell and Lemonade Powder

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    Mix Prell and lemonade powder. Into a small bowl, squirt 1/4 cup (60 ml) of Prell shampoo.
    • Add a packet of Lemonade Kool-Aid powder
    • Be sure to use lemonade, rather than limeade, as limeade will accentuate the green. Lemonade will highlight the blond hair.
    • Blend thoroughly, and then rub the mixture in your hair
    • Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
    • Wash your hair as normal.

Method 6
Apple Vinegar

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    Wash your hair while in the shower with apple vinegar.
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    Don't use shampoo with the apple vinegar. Simply wash with the vinegar, rinse with clear water and leave.
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    Dry as usual.


  • Rinse your hair immediately after getting out of the pool before your hair dries with pool water on it.
  • Thoroughly wet your hair before going swimming to prevent the chlorine water from penetrating.
  • Baking soda may fade your hair color.
  • Before going to the pool, put conditioner in your hair but don't rinse out.
  • Putting conditioner in your hair right after you get out of the pool and letting it sit for 3 minutes will help the chlorine buildup. Rinse, then continue with your normal shower routine.
  • Wash your hair with a mixture of part shampoo part conditioner instead of using them seperate.
  • Use baking soda and lemon juice mix into fine paste rub in your hair and then take a shower.
  • Keep your hair up or covered while in the pool to avoid getting it wet.


  • Continued chlorine buildup may turn your hair green

It is very hard to get the smell of apple vinegar out of your hair

Things You'll Need

  • Your favorite shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Vitamin C crystals
  • Baking soda
  • Tomato paste
  • Prell shampoo
  • Lemonade Kool Aid

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