Adding chemicals to your pool and spa can get expensive rather quickly! Here are some common household items you can use to maintain a sparkly clean pool.
The following substitutes are listed for a pool using a chlorine or bromine chemistry. These options are NOT intended for use with any type of copper/silver or baquanide systems (such as Baquacil™, SoftSwim™).
To increase alkalinity you can use Baking Soda- which can be purchased in bulk at club stores. (It runs about $6 for a 12# bag at Costco), which is less than half price of a 10# pail ($18.29) at the local pool supply store. While it’s fine to substitute baking soda in the pool, it’s NOT okay to substitute pool/spa alkalinity products in your baking. Yes- we’ve been asked. (As a rule of thumb, 1.5 lbs per 10,000 gallons of pool water will increase total alkalinity by 10 ppm)
If you’re utilizing a chlorine based product, you will save money by adding your chlorine in the evening, rather than the daytime. This is because chlorine is broken down by sunlight, which in turn, causes you to add more to obtain the desired results.
Shock:Common unscented household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) can be used to shock a pool. To increase the chlorine level by 5ppm in a 10,000 gallon pool, you would need 1/2 Gallon of basic household bleach.
If you need to increase the ph of your swimming pool (which should be between 7.2 and 4.6) you can use pure Borax, which works the same way as soda ash based ph increasers. You use the same amount of borax as you would it’s retail counterpart. Please note- be sure you are using BORAX (sodium tetraborate), and NOT a detergent that contains borax or I promise, you will have a very nasty mess on your hands.
See Also: Swimming Pools on the Cheap
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