Your pool-peeing habits are pissing off the American Chemical Society

Your pool-peeing habits are pissing off the American Chemical Society
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Do you love the smell of a chlorinated pool in the summertime? Unfortunately, urine for a surprise.

That nostalgia-inspiring aroma is actually a result of disinfection byproducts, or DBPs, created when people skip the bathroom and pee in the pool – and those DBPs are not good for you.

A new video produced by the American Chemical Society explains that when urine and other organic matter mix with the disinfectants we use in pools, they set off chemical reactions that produce compounds such as cyanogen chloride, chloroform, dichloramine, trichloramine and bromoform – AKA the unwanted DBPs.

Chloramines can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DBPs are also the result of dirt, sweat and lotion that swimmers bring into the pool, but urine accounts for about half of them, which is why the video calls using a toilet before diving in “your civic duty”.

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