By: Teo Spengler
Chlorine and chloramines are chemicals added to the drinkingwater in many cities. It’s difficult if you don’t want to spray these chemicalson your plants since that’s what comes out of your tap. What can a gardener do?
Some people are determined to get rid of the chemicals andare using Vitamin C for chlorine removal. Is it possible to start removingchlorine with Vitamin C? Read on for information about the problems withchlorine and chloramine in water and how Vitamin C can help.
Everybody knows that chlorine is added to most municipalwater – a way to kill off deadly water-borne diseases – and some gardeners donot find this to be a problem. Others do.
While high levels of chlorinecan be toxic to plants, research establishes that the chlorine in tapwater,around 5 parts per million, doesn’t directly affect plant growth and only affectssoilmicrobes near the soil surface.
However, organic gardeners believe that chlorinated water harmssoil microbes and living soil systems, required for optimal plant support.Chloramine is a blend of chlorine and ammonia, frequently used these days inlieu of chlorine. Is it possible to get rid of chlorine and chloramine in wateryou use in your garden?
You can remove both chlorine and chloramine in water withthe same strategies. Carbon filtration is a very effective method, but it takesa lot of carbon and water/carbon contact to do the job. That’s why Vitamin C(L-Ascorbic acid) is a better solution.
Does ascorbic acid/Vitamin C actually work to removechlorine? Research by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found thatusing ascorbic acid for chlorine is effective and works rapidly. Today, VitaminC filters are used to dechlorinate water for procedures where the introductionof chlorinated water would be catastrophic, like medical dialysis.
And, according to the San Francisco Public UtilitiesCommission (SFPUC), using Vitamin C/ascorbic acid for chlorine is one of theutility’s standard methods for dechlorination of water mains.
There are various methods you can try for using vitamin Cfor chlorine removal. The SFPUC established that 1000 mg. of Vitamin C willcompletely dechlorinate a bathtub of tapwater without significantly depressingpH levels.
You can also buy shower and hose attachments containingVitamin C on the internet. Effervescent Vitamin C bath tablets are also readilyavailable. You can find very basic chlorine hose filters, better-qualitychlorine filters that only require one filter replacement a year, orprofessionally installed entire landscape filters.
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Most gardeners have noticed that plants love rainwater. Not only does rainwater contain dissolved nitrogen, but it is free of the minerals and salts that water picks up when filtering through the earth. It also lacks the chemicals that tap water contains, such as chlorine and fluoride, and—perhaps most importantly—it is generally more acidic than tap water, which makes it easier for plants to absorb. 1) https://modernsteader.com/rainwater-tap-water 2) http://www.strategiesonline.net/rainwater-tap-water-difference
Another idea that’s interesting to toss around involves the potential energy in rainwater. During the water cycle, water gains potential energy when the sun causes it to evaporate. Although it loses a lot of that energy due to friction after the re-formed raindrops fall through air back to earth, some of the energy does remain in the droplets once they hit the ground. 3) http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2010/ph240/harting2 Maybe that added energy is part of the reason we see our plants spring up after a good rain?
We can find ways to improve tap water to make it safer for our plants—but can we replicate the magic of rainwater, with its dissolved nitrogen, more plant-friendly pH, and potential energy? That’s a tall order! Let’s look at all of our options, because when rainwater is not available, many of us are stuck with the damaged, chemical-laden water that flows from the tap.
Most people refer to chloramine problems as chlorine problems. Most people are actually complaining about chloramines. This wording really upsets some people. We often use the words somewhat interchangeably with the understanding that chlorinated pools lead to chloramines, which irritate people. It’s a technical point.
Here’s the difference: chlorine is the chemical that we add to the pool. The chlorine turns into chloramine because people bathe and pee in the pool. (Sweat, cosmetics, and urine have nitrogen in them, which reacts with chlorine to make chloramines). Those chloramines can be very harmful and irritating.
Here’s how it happens: We add chlorine to the pool. Then swimmers’ add nitrogen to the pool. (Swimmers’ hair and skin are made from nitrogen (protein) and swimmers excrete urea, which has nitrogen. Chlorine reacts with nitrogen to makechloramines. These chloramines smell and cause problems for swimmers.
You use water conditioner every time you change the water in your tank or top it off. Typically you do partial water changes once a week for good quality fresh water. If your fish are sick or your water parameters are not right, you change water daily, and add conditioner at that time.
Water softeners can last 10 to 20 years, depending on the type and quality you buy. On average, a single tank electric water softener could last you up to 12 years, while a Kinetico system can last as many as 20 years.
Alkaviva offers a wide range of filtration products capable of neutralizing the harmful chlorine and chloramines in your source water, including Vitamin C Dechlorination tablets! Effervescent Vitamin C tablets are made from a blend of ascorbic acid, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate. Just one tablet will effectively neutralize chlorine and chloramines in 100 gallons of water! The volume of an ordinary bath tub is about 50 gallons, which leaves half of Vitabath’s nutrients to nourish skin and hair!
Dechlorination by Vitamin C has a lengthy history. It has been used in EPA and APHA methods for dechlorination of lab samples. In the medical industry, it is the standard for critical applications such as dialysis. The Vitamin C Tablets do not hold the chlorine, but rather turns free chlorine and chlorine by-products into a harmless compound.
You can also use Vitamin C Tablets in your laundry.
Overtime chlorine can cause color fading and loss of elasticity in clothing. During the rinse cycle in you washing machine. Add one vitamin C tablet to the water neutralizes chlorine and protect cloth fibers against chlorine attack.
A relaxing, hot bath is a great way to end a long, stressful day, especially during the fall and winter months. With Effervescent Vitamin C dechlorination tablets, you can soak with peace of mind knowing that your water has been effectively neutralized of chlorine and chloramines. Just drop one tablet into your bath, hot tub, or spa! As the tablet dissolves, the vitamin C will become effervescent and begin to fizz. Just another great way to ensure that your health is not at risk!