Another Reason to Stop Peeing in Pools

Not only is it gross, peeing in the pool is bad for you. That well-known, nostalgic pool smell is actually caused by disinfection byproducts (aka DBPs) which are created when urine mixes with regular disinfectants used in pools. These DBPs—namely “cyanogen chloride, chloroform, dichloramine, trichloramine and bromoform”—can (and do) cause “irritation to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Yet another good reason to stop peeing in the pool.