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Household Products to Clean Your Pool With

March 9, 2016

Swimming Pool Maintenance Service is something that you should be doing every week to insure your pool stays clean. Everyone know that swimming pool maintenance isn’t the most glamorous thing in the world, however it must be done and will require chemicals to do so.

There are a few common products you can use to clean your pool if you don’t have a local pool store in your area.

The first thing you need is a good test kit to check your pool chemicals. Once you know what your pool water consists of you are ready to balance the water with your common every day products.

Household Products to Clean Your Pool With

  • Muriatic acid = pH & Alkalinity Down
    If you pH or Alkalinity level is high, you can use muriatic acid to drop it very quickly. Many gallon containers will show you the correct dosage needed per 10,000 gallons.
  • Baking Soda = Alkalinity Increaser
    While not exact, you can expect to raise 10,000 gallons of pool water by 10ppm when you add roughly 1.5lbs.
  • Borax = pH Increaser
    Having low pH can cause extreme damage to heaters, so making sure your pH is around 7.2 – 7.4 is ideal. Borax can increase the pH.
  • Bleach = Chlorine Shock
    Good bleach, yes there is good and bad bleach, can raise 10,000 gallons of pool water by 5ppm by adding roughly a 1/2 gallon. Always use unscented.

Swimming Pool Maintenance is KEY

Check the labels on any pool or household chemicals you have to make sure you know what it is before you dump it in the pool. You could end up damaging your liner, fiberglass finish, or just end up with bad water quality because of something you put in the pool. Calling a pool contractor to fix an error, that could be easy avoided by knowing your chemicals, is costly.

Everyone is budget cautious these days so using household products to clean your pool with is a good choice. If you don’t use household chemicals, stay clear of big box stores or many internet companies that sell chemicals for cheap. They are cheap and filled with additives that are bad for your pool; go to a pool store that offers swimming pool services as they will probably do a free water test for you also.