What first got me dechlorinating my water was growing sprouts. I was experiencing what I considered to be a low rate of germination; a lot of unsprouted alfalfa seeds remained at the bottom of the jars. Considering that my seeds were fresh and organic, I had to consider that the problem was in the water. Switching to dechlorinated water made the difference. While there will always be a few unsprouted seeds, most of them should grow when treated properly because that's what seeds do best.
Dechlorination is as simple as leaving a jug or jar or water open to the air, where the chlorine will transform into a gaseous state and float away. It may take a day or two for all the chlorine to escape, but even leaving the water out overnight will remove most of the chlorine. If dechlorinating water for an aquarium, leave it out for two days to be sure none is left to hurt your fish. The water can be left outdoors to dechlorinate, so chlorine gas isn't floating around your house, but I think in a ventilated house, with a few jars of water, it's not a problem to do it indoors.
My simple method for our kitchen water involves two glass jugs, which I rotate. When one is empty, I fill it with tap water, cover with a cloth to keep it free of dust, and leave it all day or overnight, or until my other jug is empty. This is the water I use for drinking, making smoothies, growing sprouts and making fermentations. Boiling is another way to remove chlorine, so I don't use dechlorinated water for cooking. Fancy pitchers are not required; any glass jars work fine.
Check out what kind of cool things you can do with dechlorinated tap water:Lacto-Fermented Dandelion Soda
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How To Remove The Chlorine From Tap Water
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