social

Household Chemicals for Pool Maintenance

May 25, 2007

boy looking over the edge of an aboveground poolFor pool maintenance, you can use these generic household chemicals to replace most of the pool store ones.

By Robert Joanis

Comment Was this helpful? 5
Read More Comments

8 Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

June 30, 2021

Can you use Clorox toilet tablets in your swimming pool?


Answers


Gold Feedback Medal for All Time! 949 Feedbacks
June 30, 20210 found this helpful
Best Answer

Clorox toilet tables are entirely too weak to use in any size pool as to reach the correct level would be very expensive - much more costly than pool tablets.

Advertisement


If you have an above ground pool or an in-ground pool maintenance is always going to be costly.
If you do not have a regular pool supply store then I would suggest that you Google pool supply stores with your zip code and pay a visit to one or two to discuss your pool maintenance. You do not have to buy anything if you just need advice and information.

It is very difficult to do proper pool maintenance without knowing all about type and how much chemicals you need for your size pool (gallons of water).

Also, pool supply companies have sales on needed chemicals for your pool so you can many times save money over a period of time.
Remember - your pool could be unsafe to use if proper maintenance is not adhered to.

Check out some of these links:
www.swimuniversity.com/.../
www.swimuniversity.com/.../

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Silver Answer Medal for All Time! 440 Answers
June 30, 20210 found this helpful
Best Answer

A slightly similar question has already been asked here: www.thriftyfun.com/Using-Toilet-Bleach-Tabs-in-a-Swimming....

It is safe to swim in a pool with Clorox toilet tablets. The important thing is to have a good pool test kit and test your chlorine ppm to make sure you are staying within safe levels. At these times, you should keep your pool pump running and wait until your chlorine level drops to normal range before entering the pool.

Advertisement


You may run into times when you need to hyper-chlorinate, or shock, your pool to kill algae or other reasons. At these times, you should keep your pool pump running and wait until your chlorine level drops to normal range before entering the pool.
So, the amount of chlorine you need in your pool depends on several factors, including the size of your pool, your cyanuric acid level, and how quickly your chlorine is used up from the sun and contaminants.
If you have a large pool, using these tablets will be expensive.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question


Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 170 Posts
July 1, 2011

Many years ago, I added bleach to our kids' wading pool to keep the water from going "bad". Now my daughter would like to do the same with my 4-year old grandson's small wading pool. I don't remember the measurements? Would anyone know? Thanks.

By it's.only.me

Answers

July 2, 20110 found this helpful

My hubby has a pool cleaning business and he said if its one of the little blue pools like from Walmart no more than 2 cups of the regular store bleach added to it. Basically 1 cup per 100 gallons.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
July 5, 20110 found this helpful

Please use approved pool chlorine and not chlorine bleach. I know chlorine bleach is less expensive and people think that they both work the same but that's not true because it does not have the exact same chemical compounds as chlorine made for use in pools.

Advertisement

There have been recent studies that show soaking in chlorine bleach can cause a myriad of internal diseases and decades of studies show that lung damage can occur from breathing in chlorine bleach fumes.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Silver Feedback Medal for All Time! 418 Feedbacks
July 6, 20110 found this helpful

There was a recent medical study on eczema in children that showed that adding a teaspoon of household bleach to their bath water reduced their eczema. They think some eczema is caused by airborne staph bacteria.

Just a little would seem best. You can always add a little more to the pool.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
July 6, 20110 found this helpful

The eczema study was one short term study of about three dozen children in 2009 and reported in a journal of pediatrics. The baths were done in conjunction with using antibiotics and/or steroids. Here's a short article with a bit more detail and some warnings:

Advertisement


www.baby-safety-concerns.com/bleach-baths-for-eczema.html

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 23, 20160 found this helpful

I worked in a chemical plant and we made bleach as a by product. To make bleach you take a tank of 50% liquid caustic and bubble pure chlorine gas through it. Bleach is the result. So in short. You are adding caustic every time you add bleach. This is not the safest way to add chlorine in my opinion.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 15, 20160 found this helpful

Install the free android app pool pal. Enter your pools gallons and get a test kit. Flawless. I use it with a 380 gallon pool.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

May 18, 2017

Can I use just borax and baking soda in an above ground pool? My boyfriend is allergic to chlorine bleach. We would like to get the pool in the back yard running, but he doesn't want to pay for the expensive baqucil.

We would like to use household items to keep the pool balanced. I'm just trying to find a way where we can avoid using chlorine.

Answers


Gold Post Medal for All Time! 677 Posts
May 19, 20170 found this helpful

You would need some kind of ionizing pool cleaning system if you don't want to use chemicals.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 14, 20170 found this helpful

Try ozone instead of chlorine. Good luck. Lynn

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

May 18, 2017

I have an 18,000 gallon in-ground pool. How much should I use and do I mix it in a bucket first or do I dump it in my pool?


Answers


Gold Feedback Medal for All Time! 949 Feedbacks
May 18, 20170 found this helpful

There is a lot of good information on-line about using household chemicals in your home pool but to be safe you should always use pH test strips in the water to test your pool's pH. Follow the instructions on the package to interpret the results.

Advertisement

This question has been asked and answered several times on ThriftyFun so you can benefit from past information/instructions.
Just check out this link:
www.thriftyfun.com/Household-Chemicals-for-Pool-Maintenance...

www.hunker.com/.../cleaning-swimming-pool-water-with...

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 677 Posts
May 19, 20170 found this helpful

Here is a great article about it: www.swimmingpool.com/.../pool-care-basics

You can sanitize with chlorine or bromine. Test your pool several times a week.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

December 12, 2016

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

A kit for testing the pool water's pH.

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? 2

February 7, 2018

This is a page about using an above ground swimming pool. Many people set up above ground pools for the summer. Using the appropriate chemicals to treat the water helps prevent people from getting sick and keeps the water clear. Here is some information about how to safely use an above ground pool.

Kids Playing in Above Ground Swimming Pool

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

November 16, 2016

This is a page about using baking soda in a swimming pool. Some pool owners look for alternatives to chlorine for keeping their pool clean.

A jar of baking soda.

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes
In This Page
Categories
Home and Garden Home Improvement Pools and Hot TubsJuly 21, 2015
Pages
More
👔
Father's Day Ideas!
👒
Mother's Day Ideas!
🌻
Gardening
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2022-05-07 08:33:10 in 4 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2022 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
https://www.thriftyfun.com/Household-Chemicals-for-Pool-Maintenance-1.html