The Disgusting Truth Behind That Chlorine Smell At The Pool

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Curbed LA

Freshly cut grass, sunscreen, and chlorine are just a few smells that invoke that summer feeling in us. While the first two are harmless, there's more to that chlorine smell at the pool than you really know.

Let me share a little story with you about how I came to find out the gross truth about what we assume is just a strong-smelling chemical.

A couple of days ago, I went to swim some laps at my community center's pool. Since I have very sensitive eyes, I always wear googles so my eyes don't get irritated. Having been in a rush to make it on time, I forgot to grab my goggles.


At that point, I decided that I already made it all the way there, so there was no way that I was going to drive back home to pick them up. Anyway, I made my way to the pool area and started my workout, and everything was as normal, until near the end.

My eyes started to burn, which I was expecting, but this time, it was a lot worse than the previous times this has happened. I skipped the last couple of laps and called it a day. When I looked into the change room mirror later, I noticed that my eyes were also abnormally red.

The stinging sensation got better when I stepped outside, so as soon as I got home, I decided to do a search on what could've caused this type of reaction. That's when I found out the disgusting piece of information that has convinced me to avoid public pools as much as possible.

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