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Doug McConnell, A Long Swim for ALS

A Long Swim (ALS)

5,000 + people have reached the summit of Mt. Everest. 50,000 people will complete an Ironman Triathlon this year. But only about 1,800 people have successfully swum across the English Channel. Doug McConnel is one of them.

Crossing the English Channel is an incredible feat of human endurance. To finish, Doug had to:

  • Swim 30 miles
  • Last 14.5 hours
  • Battle through 5 ft waves
  • Endure 62 degrees F water temperature, 47 degrees F air temperature

But like most tales of human endurance, the race is only a small part of the story. As Doug says, this was a team success and the lessons learned by swimming the English Channel are lessons in teamwork.

Their team is A Long Swim (ALS), an acronym derived from the disease they hope to cure. Doug has an inspiring story. Check out his team at ALongSwim.org and have fun watching his TED talk below.


Doug McConnel TED Talk Barrington, IL
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Swimmers’ Shampoo, managing swimmers’ hair.

swimmers shampoo hair

Goodbye Chlorine manufactures swimmers’ shampoo and other anti-chlorine products for managing swimmers’ hair and skin. Click here to see our entire product line, or our buyer’s guide.

Listen to the audio version of this article.

Swimmers know that sticking to a regular workout schedule is good for your health, but terrible for your hair. Routine exposure to chlorinated swimming pools drys out your hair. It seems that no matter what shampoo you try, the chlorine just sticks.

You can tell that the chlorine is still on you because you can smell it, and your hair becomes dry and brittle.

Are you wondering how you can get the health benefits of swimming without having the stereotypical “swimmers’ hair”?

Goodbye Chlorine makes hair care products for swimmers that remove chlorine. You can now get all the chlorine out of your hair by using our shampoos, conditioners and styling products. These products will get the chlorine out and keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.

How can you keep your hair healthy when swimming regularly?

Use special products like Goodbye Chlorine’s hair care products for swimmers. They instantly remove chlorine. You can now get all the chlorine out of your hair by using our shampoosconditioners and styling products. These products will get the chlorine out and keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.

Here’s our swimmers’ guide to keeping your hair healthy.

Before and after swimming. 5 minutes.

How to keep your hair healthy while swimming daily.

  1. Get your hair wet before swimming.Your hair is like a sponge, and can only soak up so much water. Getting your hair wet in the shower makes it harder for the swimming pool water to get into your hair.
  2. Wear a swimming cap.A swimming cap acts as a physical barrier between the pool water and your hair. It’s not a foolproof solution to keeping the chlorinated water off of your hair, but it helps.
  3. Swimmers’ Shampoo, for Swimmers’ Hair.Use swimming-specific products like Goodbye Chlorine’s shampoos and conditioners after swimming. They are highly effective at removing chlorine.
  4. Finish with styling products made for swimmers. These products will remove any residual chlorine left on your hair from the previous steps and keep your hair looking good all day long.

Finish with styling products made for swimmers. These products will remove any residual chlorine left on your hair from the previous steps and keep your hair looking good all day long.

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Smells Like Chlorine on Twitter

smells like chlorine on twitter

The familiar smell of chlorine at the pool brings back strong memories for many. Smelling like the pool? A completely different story.

Here are some tweets that will shed some light on what people think about the smell of chlorine.

Our work is not done here.
https://twitter.com/Miriam35965270/status/1073810474636959744
You can now take one of your criteria of the list. Our new slogan: Making more relationships.
Nostalgic
Where should we begin? Maybe here?
Very cool, now just leave the smell  at the pool.

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Chlorine Leak: Swimming pool chlorine leak in the UK sends 4 to the hospital.

strood sports centre

A chlorine leak at the Strood Sports Center in Rochester, England sent four to the hospital to have their breathing checked. Reports indicate that everyone was okay and the pool was only temporarily closed until the leak was identified and fixed.

I think we are all grateful that chlorine is used in swimming pools, at least for the sanitizing health benefits–and for the use of chlorine at low, “safe” levels.

Chlorine, however, isn’t always safe. At much higher concentrations chlorine can be dangerous. It is so toxic in fact, that chlorine was one of the the first chemicals to be weaponized. 


Chlorine gas, used on the infamous day of April 22, 1915, produces a greenish-yellow cloud that smells of bleach and immediately irritates the eyes, nose, lungs, and throat of those exposed to it. At high enough doses it kills by asphyxiation.

a brief history of chemical war

Let’s just say that chlorine is dangerous and is not to be messed around with. If you smell an unusually strong chlorine odor (yes stronger than “normal”) evacuate the pool and call you emergency number.

Pool chlorine leaks are rare, but not uncommon. Twice in the past year Berkely High School has had a chlorine leak. You’d think once would be enough, but apparently the problem wasn’t fixed properly after the first incident.

Here are some articles related to the Strood Sports Center chlorine leak:

Leisure centre CLOSED after ‘chemical incident’ – ambulance treat 19 patients
POOL ‘POISONING’ Two kids among four people taken to hospital after suspected chlorine fume poisoning at swimming pool
Swimmers at Strood Sports Centre taken to hospital after ‘problem with chlorine’
Four people taken to hospital after a chlorine leak at Strood Sports Centre in Medway
Kids ‘flee swimming pool in tears’ after ‘chlorine incident’ at leisure centre
Centre evacuated after leak scare

Here are some other articles you may find interesting:

Swimmer’s Hair: How to avoid it and fix it.
Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner, instantly removes chlorine
How do swimmers get the chlorine off after swimming?
Use this shampoo for swimmers and look great out of the pool.
How avid swimmers keep their hair looking good (and which shampoo they use).
Three chlorine protection tips you need to know.

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Science of Chlorine: Why it is important for public health.

chlorine

I speak for most all swimmers: We are extremely grateful for the discovery of chlorine and for sanitary swimming pools. Science ABC wrote an easy-to-read article explaining how chlorine works to keep our swimming pools sanitized.

So it’s great that pools are clean and that chlorine work. If you’re into the science of it all, read the Science ABC article Why is Chlorine so Important for Swimming Pools?

The last point they make is that although we’re happy chlorine is used to keep our pools clean, it is also an irritant. Here is what they say:


Is Chlorine an Irritating Agent?
While chlorine undeniably helps in decontaminating the water, the potential drawbacks of treating pool water with chlorine cannot be ignored. It has a very sharp, distinctive smell that is not particularly appealing to many people, and it can also cause itching of the skin, which is thoroughly irritating to swimmers. Hypochlorite ions can also stick to fabrics if not rinsed immediately after leaving the pool. This is the reason why the colors of swimsuits fade rather quickly. At unusually high levels, chlorine can even cause breathing problems and be hazardous to human health.


SOURCE: 
WHY IS CHLORINE SO IMPORTANT FOR SWIMMING POOLS?

Swimming in chlorinated pools is just a fact of life, but now if you use our personal care products, swimmers can now leave the chlorine in the pool.

You might also be interested in:

Swimmer’s Hair: How to avoid it and fix it.
This is one way to get rid of your body hair.
Three chlorine protection tips you need to know.
How do swimmers get the chlorine off?
How swimmers protect their hair and skin.
Use this shampoo for swimmers and look great out of the pool.

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Moisturizer for Swimmers: How avid swimmers keep their skin and hair moisturized.

moisturizer swimmers

We make moisturizing skin lotion and hair conditioners for swimmers. If you would like to see these moisturizers for swimmers then follow these links: lotion and conditioner. See our buyer’s guide to find out which product line is best for you. Otherwise, keep reading.

Chlorine makes your hair and skin dry

If you’re swimming, you’re most likely swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool. It’s by far the most used method of sanitizing swimming pool and is very effective. That sanitizing effect, however, has it’s side effects. The most common complaint of avid swimmers is they have dry hair and skin (and smell like chlorine).

You’re not alone if you’ve been a frequent swimmer and have noticed your hair and skin becoming dry. “Swimmer’s hair” or dry, brittle and crunchy hair is a common swimmer stereotype not to mention that swimmers often smell like the same chlorinated swimming pool they use. What’s also common but not talked about as much is dry skin.

Chlorine irritates the skin of many swimmers. Some people call this “chlorine rash”. Whatever you call it: a rash, eczema, or dry skin, it’s terribly uncomfortable. Dry, itchy skin caused by chlorine can drive you crazy.

So here is what happens. Chlorine bonds to organic matter. This is how it sanitizes the water. And guess what? You are large organic matter. It follows then, that when you jump into the pool, chlorine bonds to you.

This chlorine bond s not easy to break. Have you ever thought that to get the chlorine off you will just take a longer, more thorough shower? And were you disappointed by the results? Of course, because chlorine forms a strong bond with your hair and skin. It has a way of just hanging around. The proof that chlorine is still on you is that you smell like the swimming pool long after getting out of it.


The proof that chlorine is still on you is that you smell like the swimming pool long after getting out of it.

Frustrating indeed. Instead of taking super long showers, what you need are products designed to release the chlorine bond and gently wash away the left over chemicals.

Moisturizer for Swimmers, lotion and conditioner

These are great moisturizers for swimmers: Our lotion and hair conditioners are designed to neutralize chlorine (and bromine), balance pH, and return moisture to your hair and skin.

These products contain moisturizers including Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Cacao Seed Butter and She Butter as well as conditioners that quickly return moisture to your hair and skin.

The combination of: neutralizing chlorine, balancing pH and returning moisture makes these products ideal for avid swimmers.

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Twitter: Our work is not done here.

twitter hall of fame

Some are funny, some are serious, and all are true tweets. Check them out here:

Well, maybe we can’t help here. If you like smelling like chlorine then move along.
Why chlorine is good for public health.

You might be interested in these articles:

Swimmer’s Hair: How to prevent chlorine from damaging your hair.
Chlorine removal shampoo for swimmers.
How do swimmers get the chlorine off?

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Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundles

shampoo conditioner value bundles

Goodbye Chlorine manufactures anti-chlorine products for swimmers’ hair and skin. Click here to see our entire product line, or our buyer’s guide.

Listen to the audio version of this article.

Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundles

Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner value bundles are the best way to buy our shampoo and conditioner. Whether you are an elite athlete, a recreational swimmer, a kid who loves to swim, or someone with chlorine sensitivity we have a product that is right for you.

Our customers are people who like the idea of clean pools, spas and showers, but loath the damage caused by chlorine. Dry crunchy hair (otherwise known as “swimmer’s hair“), and itchy skin are common complaints associated with chlorine damage.

Our anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioners work better together. You can get a discount when buying them together here.

Chlorine and the consequences of Swimmer’s Hair

Chlorine sanitizes our public water supply. In small amounts, chlorine is a public health miracle. However, chlorine accumulates on your hair and skin. It forms a tight bond, and is difficult to remove with regular personal care products. In fact, strong chemicals can make swimmers’ dry crunchy hair worse. Our products are made to gently release and remove chlorine without the use of harsh chemicals.

All of our products instantly remove chlorine. Read on and find out which strength is right for you.

Goodbye Chlorine Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundle

Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner for Swimmers

Recreational swimmers who are in the pool up to 5 times per week should use our Goodbye Chlorine products. Our Goodbye Chlorine shampoo and conditioner is best for recreational swimmers. It is gentle and effectively removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals. Buy our anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner together and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our anti-chlorine value bundle here.


ELITE Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundle

Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Instantly Removes Chlorine.

Elite athletes who are in the pool more than 5 times per week should use our ELITE products. Our ELITE anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner works best for elite athletes who have prolonged exposure to chlorine. It is gentle and removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals. It also restores moisture, balances pH, assists in comb-out and protects. Buy our ELITE shampoo and conditioner together and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our anti-chlorine value bundle here.


Swimmer Kids Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundle

Children who are learning to swim or who love to swim should use our Swimmer Kids products. Our Swimmer Kids anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner works best for young swimmers. It effectively removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals and is gentle enough to use every day. Swimmer Kids anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner also restores moisture to chlorine-damaged hair. Buy our Swimmer Kids shampoo and conditioner together and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our anti-chlorine value bundle here.


Protect Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundle

Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner for Swimmers

People who are sensitive to chlorine, who use chlorinated showers or who enjoy the back yard hot tub should use our Protect products. Our Protect anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner is the right strength for people who are sensitive to chlorine. It gently and effectively removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals. Protect shampoo and conditioner also restores moisture lost to chlorine-damage. Buy our anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner together and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our anti-chlorine value bundle here.


Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundle

Our anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner work better together. See our “better together” offers for our brands: Goodbye Chlorine, ELITE, Swimmer Kids and Protect.

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Anti-Chlorine Shampoo

anti-chlorine shampoo

Goodbye Chlorine manufactures anti-chlorine shampoo and other products for swimmers’ hair and skin. Click here to see our entire product line, or our buyer’s guide.

Listen to the audio version of this article.

Anti-chlorine shampoo for swimmers is an essential in any swimmer’s bag. In this article we take a look at the four brands we offer.

After beginning a regular swimming routine, you may notice great health benefits–and you may also notice that chlorine is damaging your hair. As your hair turns dry, brittle, crunchy and dull (a condition called “swimmer’s hair“) you may be looking for a shampoo that removes chlorine.

Enjoy Swimming without the consequences of Swimmer’s Hair

Since the invention of chlorinated swimming pools, swimmers have battled with the damaging effects of chlorine. It is so common, that ELITE swimmers have just found a way to deal with itchy, dry skin. Some wear the lingering chlorine odor as proof they have been in the swimming pool for 2-3 hours a day.

In the past, swimmers had to find ways to cope with these problems. Fortunately, damaged hair and the lingering chlorine odor can be eliminated with our shampoo product lines. Read this article if you would like to learn more about our shampoo and conditioner value bundles.

Goodbye Chlorine Anti-Chlorine Shampoo

Recreational swimmers who are in the pool up to 5 times per week should use our Goodbye Chlorine products. This shampoo is the correct strength for recreational swimmers. It gently and effectively removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals. Buy our anti-chlorine shampoo with conditioner and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our value bundle here.


ELITE Anti-Chlorine Shampoo

Elite athletes who are in the pool more than 5 times per week should use our ELITE products. Our strongest shampoo is made for elite athletes who have prolonged exposure to chlorine. It is gentle and effectively removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals. Buy our anti-chlorine shampoo with conditioner and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our value bundle here.


Swimmer Kids Anti-Chlorine Shampoo

Children who are learning to swim or who love to be in the pool should use our Swimmer Kids products. Our swimmer kids shampoo is the correct strength for young swimmers. It effectively removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals and is gentle enough to use every day. Buy our anti-chlorine shampoo with conditioner and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our value bundle here.


Protect Anti-Chlorine Shampoo

People who are sensitive to chlorine, who use chlorinated showers or who enjoy the back yard hot tub should use our Protect products. Our Protect shampoo is the correct strength for people who are sensitive to chlorine. It gently and effectively removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals. Buy our anti-chlorine shampoo with conditioner and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our value bundle here.


Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner

Our anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner work better together. See our “better together” offers for our brands: Goodbye Chlorine, ELITE, Swimmer Kids and Protect.