Uses of Chlorine: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tiffany Hightower

Tiffany is a certified elementary school teacher. She has a B.A. in English, education certification and a master's degree in education from Central Michigan University.

This lesson will explore the various uses of chlorine, its importance and how it keeps us healthy. Continue reading to learn more about this unique and powerful chemical that you come in contact with daily.

What is Chlorine?

Swimming in a pool on a bright, beautiful and warm day is a fun and exciting way for kids to really enjoy themselves. You probably enjoy playing basketball in the water, floating on a fun raft, or swimming enjoyable laps. A swimming pool or water park are also amusing gathering places for lots of people to enjoy the water together.

Have you ever wondered how the water stays clean and eliminates germs from the large number of people swimming together? There is a chemical called chlorine that does this. Chlorine is a powerful gas with a potent odor that is strong enough to eliminate, or remove, a variety of germs that can be harmful to people.

How is Chlorine Used in a Swimming Pool?

Swimming pools have lots of people floating and swimming around in the same water together. Therefore, many swimming pools and water parks offer a shower to rinse off in before getting into the water. This is a safety measure to remove some of the germs on your body before you get into the pool. However, the shower cannot remove all of the germs.

So, scientists use chlorine as a disinfectant, or chemical to eliminate the remaining germs and stop infections that can get into the water. Scientists know the exact amount of chlorine that is required to add to the water to ensure that germs are eliminated effectively and to keep people safe.

Chlorine is used to disinfect germs in this pool.

How is Chlorine Used in Sewage and Water Sanitation?

Each city or town has a water treatment plant that cleans all of the water that goes into your home, buildings and various other places. Chlorine is used to clean and disinfect this water as well. Therefore, when water comes through water fountains, faucets and pipes, it is safe to drink, bathe, clean and cook with, among other uses.

How is Chlorine Used to Clean and Bleach Paper Products?

Have you every noticed that your notebook paper and some printer paper is pure white? Chlorine is used in the manufacturing of paper to help it to have this color. In addition, chlorine is used to whiten the cloth that is used to make clothes and linen.

Chlorine is used to make this paper white.

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