Do you know that chlorine “pool smell” that wafts over you before you can even see a public swimming pool? This pungent smell of chlorine might bring up wonderful memories of swimming during summer break, but do you also remember the red eyes, irritated skin, disintegrated swimsuit and the fried hair ends? It turns out that “pool smell” and swimming-related irritation come from the same thing - not just chlorine alone - but combined chlorine, also known as chloramines. Even though it may seem that the chlorine has done its job and any smell, itching or burning we experience is evidence of clean water - these are all actually signs that the pool is over chlorinated and full of toxic combined chlorine.
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