How to Get Rid of Chlorine Smell

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Things You'll Need

  • White distilled vinegar

  • Hot water

  • Bucket

  • Sponge

  • Towel or cloth

  • Lemon juice concentrate

  • Cotton balls

  • Washcloths

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Chlorine smells can come from several different sources and can get on furniture, clothes or skin. Sources of chlorine smells include swimming pools, unbalanced or hard water, cleaning solutions and bleach. Where the chlorine smell is determines how to get rid of it. Cleaning hard surfaces is different than cleaning porous surfaces (including skin), because porous surfaces absorb liquids much faster.


For Hard Surfaces

Step 1

Put two cups of white distilled vinegar into a gallon of hot water in a bucket.

Step 2

Use a sponge to scrub any spot that smells like chlorine.

Step 3

Wipe up any excess vinegar solution with a dry towel or cloth.

Step 4

Repeat as needed.


For Porous Surfaces

Step 1

Put lemon juice concentrate on cotton balls and rub them on your on skin if the chlorine smell is restricted to small areas.

Step 2

Put lemon concentrate on a wash cloth and scrub if the chlorine smell covers the entire body, which may occur from swimming in a pool, for example.

Step 3

Put a dab of lemon juice concentrate on a sponge and scrub upholstered furniture and other porous surfaces. Allow to air-dry.


Putting lemon juice on hair can highlight or change its color. To maintain the color of your hair, find shampoos designed to get rid of a chlorine smell.



Sarah Coennen

Sarah Coennen writes about the medical industry, health, fitness, alternative medicine and animals. She has been a freelance writer since 2009.