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Homemade Pool Chemicals

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Find affordable alternatives to maintaining your swimming pool. This is a guide about homemade pool chemicals.


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August 19, 20062 found this helpful

Can a person make their own pool chemicals? It really cost a lot of money to keep my above ground 14 x 18 foot ring-style pool clear.

Joy from Summers, AR

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July 14, 20080 found this helpful
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I used to use bottled pool chlorine, then I compared the label to ordinary household bleach. It's the same stuff. Same percentage of Sodium Hypochlorite, but much cheaper. You only need about a cup per day, depending on the pool size.

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August 19, 20061 found this helpful

We also have an above ground pool and my husband just this summer began using bleach instead of pool shock to clear up our pool. I was skeptical about it but he said a lot of people he found online use regular household chemicals instead of chlorine & shock. Here's some information on replacing your pool chemicals with bleach, baking soda & borax: http://www.pool … /gd/grocery.html In fact, looking at this page there is a lot of good information on pool maintenance. Maybe I'll start taking care of the pool now too!

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May 30, 20080 found this helpful

Just use plain ol' clorax. About 3 gallons is what I do and it works great.

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July 23, 20081 found this helpful

Is there also a chlorine stabilizer you can buy in the grocery store? I have been using the bleach and it does work but in Oklahoma where the temps are in the 90's I seem to have a problem with the chlorine evaporating too fast.

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