There’s nothing like a relaxing bath at the end of a long day. Add Epsom salts, selected herbs, and essential oils and you can make your bath experience a detox one as well. (See Ultimate DIY Detoxing Salt Scrub & Soak.)
Unfortunately, bathing is a bit more complicated these days due to the addition of chlorine to our water supply. Chlorine chemically bonds with the protein in our skin which can lead to dry skin, rashes, and premature aging.
Unless we have whole-house filtration or individual faucet filters (or we draw our water from a private well), our bodies are hit with chlorine when showering, bathing, and washing our hands.
I noticed a major change in my family’s skin when we added shower filters several years ago. My daughter’s scalp was less itchy, another daughter’s skin rashes improved, and my skin felt much softer. This motivated me to tackle the bathwater. While I have not tried a bath water filter, I have tried adding a bit of vitamin C powder to my bathwater.
The good news is that adding a bit of vitamin C to your bathwater can help neutralize at least part of the chlorine.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service,
“Vitamin C is a newer chemical method for neutralizing chlorine. Two forms of vitamin C, ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate, will neutralize chlorine. Neither is considered a hazardous chemical. “
If the Forest Service is suggesting it for water systems, why not add it to our bathwater? I keep vitamin C powder next to my bath and sprinkle in a teaspoon every time I bathe.
I enjoy making DIY bath bombs and thought by adding vitamin C to the recipe, it’d be a great way to blast chlorine as well.
Chlorine-Blasting DIY Bath Bombs
- 2 C Baking Soda (like THIS)
- 1 C Cream of Tartar (like THIS; citric acid may be substituted – but can be harsh for the skin)
- 1 t Vitamin C Powder (I like THIS brand)
- 10 drops Essential Oil of Choice (like THESE)
- 2 T organic Jojoba Oil for moisturizing effect (other possible unrefined oils include coconut, argan and moringa and you can purchase quality organic carrier oils here), optional
- 1 T Dried Herb or Flower (calendula, perhaps; find my favorite dried herbs and flowers HERE), optional
- 1 T Sea Salt (hands down, THIS is my favorite sea salt), optional
- Spray bottle with water (floral hydrosol may be added for extra scent and THESE are my favorites hydrosols)
- Mold for bath bombs – silicone molds found in craft stores work well for this (HERE is a super cute silicone mold)
- Spray water into the mixture
- Mix with your hands
- The mixture will start to bubble and then become firm (this happens quickly)
- Press into molds
- Allow to dry overnight
- Remove from mold
- Add 1 bomb to running bathwater
The possibilities are endless with this recipe. Be creative and find the combination that works for you.
What herbs would you add? Have you made bath bombs?
Written by Andrea Fabry of It Takes Time.