Three ways SwimSpray is Chemically Different from Swimmer’s Shampoos

May 22, 2015


The biggest difference between SwimSpray and swimmers’ shampoos is SwimSpray’s effectiveness.  To be clear, SwimSpray instantly and completely neutralizes chlorine; by contrast, all other swimmers’ shampoos merely claim to remove chlorine on the product packaging. SwimSpray's superior efficacy comes from three key innovations: (1) SwimSpray prevents the cause of chlorine problems rather than treating the problems; (2) SwimSpray doesn't try to be a soap or shampoo; (3) SwimSpray has lots of vitamin C.

The false claims made by other "anti-chlorine" products are somewhat frustrating because many swimmers have real problems with chlorine-related side effects.  For example, at the last United States Swim School Association conference, we heard concerns from several instructors who were worried about whether they could continue teaching swimming despite the side-effects of chlorine.  We believe that those real problems deserve a real solution.  Advertising ineffective products as "chlorine removal" is counter-productive-- these false claims make it hard for swimmers to get the help that they need.

My hope is that companies advertising so-called anti-chlorine products are confused by the science rather than deliberately deceiving consumers.  Here, one potential source of confusion could be mistaking chemicals that remove copper (green) with chemicals that remove residual chlorine (colorless).

1.  SwimSpray prevents green hair, rather than treating it.

SwimSpray prevents green hair from forming by instantly neutralizing the chorine that causes green hair.  By contrast, swimmers’ shampoos focus on treating green hair after it forms.  SwimSpray uses a new vitamin C technology to neutralize chlorine before it can turn hair green. Swimmers’ shampoos use sequestering agents, like EDTA (“ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid”), to remove green copper molecules from hair.  However, removing copper is completely different from removing chlorine.  Copper compounds (like the green compound, Copper (II) Chloride) can often be removed from hair with “sequestering agents,” like EDTA. These sequestering agents do not remove chlorine.

2. SwimSpray doesn’t remove natural oils from your hair and skin.

Shampoos don't remove chlorine - they remove oil and dirtSwimSpray does not include soaps or surfactants.  Oil and dirt can be removed with surfactants, like sodium laureth sulfate.  Those surfactants help solubilize oils and dirt, making it easier to wash them away with water.  But surfactants do not remove chlorine.  For swimmers seeking to remove excess oil or dirt from their bodies after swimming, they should use a soap or shampoo.  Removing chlorine is completely different.  To remove chlorine, use SwimSpray. Personally, I find that swimming in chlorinated water does an adequate job stripping the oil and dirt from my hair and skin.  Accordingly, I just use SwimSpray and (sometimes) conditioner.  Either way, the critical point is that SwimSpray has nothing to do with soap, shampoo, or body wash.

3. SwimSpray is Rich in Antioxidants.



SwimSpray provides a high concentration of vitamin C—the same concentration as vitamin C beauty serums.  Other swimmers’ shampoos provide less than 1% of the antioxidants in SwimSpray. 

Antioxidants are essential to removing chlorine because chlorine is a powerful oxidant.  Chlorine oxidizes hair and skin, leaving a layer of residual chlorine.  This residual chlorine can be removed with a high concentration of  an antioxidant because antioxidants neutralize oxidants, like chlorine.  Antioxidants convert residual chlorine into salt, which safely and gently washes away.

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