Pool Etiquette: Why it matters

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You see the signs, but do you follow the rules?

At most public pools, there are signs plastered everywhere.

No diving. No unattended children. Shower before swimming.

It’s that last one we want to mention here.

Showering with soap and water before entering a chlorinated pool is not only good practice to keep the pool’s disinfectants working effectively, but also has benefits for the skin and hair of the showered swimmer.

In an article form Environmental Health Perspectives, Spivey states:

The chlorine level recommended for swimming pools by the CDC is 1-3 ppm… Most germs are actually killed at the lower end of these ranges, but extra disinfectant is often needed to accommodate the organic matter- such as urine, sweat and dirt- that is brought in by swimmers. That’s because all the contaminants and compounds on an unshowered body react with the free disinfectant in the pool, reducing the amount available to kill pathogens (2010: A482)

Moreover, the reaction between the chlorine and the organic matter referenced to above creates Disinfectant By-Products (Spivey, 2010: A482). These “potentially toxic by-products” (J.R. 2002: 238) cause a reaction to skin and hair (baker, 1964: 1578), and they increase with the number of swimmers in the pool (J.R. 2002: 238).

By showering before swimming, swimmers remove these bits of organic matter (for the most part) allowing the chlorine to do its job killing the actual pathogens in the water. Showering also saturates hair and skin with non-chlorinated water, reducing the amount of chlorine absorbed into skin and hair during swimming.

Unfortuneately, even when you follow these rules, and shower before swimming, you cannot be guaranteed that the other swimmers have done so. This means that the DBPs in the water will still have contact with your skin, which could result in dryness, or some other adverse reaction, on top of the chemical smell that lingers post swim.


This is where C spray can help!


C spray is sprayed on skin and hair after swimming, safely and effectively neutralizing chlorine and DBPs, breaking the bonds, and allowing the chemicals to be rinsed off in the shower.

C spray eliminates the chemical smell from skin and hair the first time, while limiting your chlorine exposure down to the amount of time you were swimming.

Without a chlorine neutralizer like C spray, you may have pool disinfectants like chlorine, as well as DBPs left on your skin for hours, or days after. The chemical reactions are then still taking place on your skin, drying it out through the oxidization process.

As C spray contains Ascorbic Acid, and antioxidant, it stops the oxidization process, rescuing your hair and skin from the woes of public pool swimming.

Pairing C spray with good public pool practices can save your hair and skin!

Try C spray, you will be glad you did!