Household Chemicals You Can Use In Your Pool

There are a lot of household chemicals that we can use for our pools and here are some of them:

1. Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate, known as baking soda, is a chemical compound. It’s formula is NaHCO3. It is a salt composed of a sodium cation and a bicarbonate anion. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline, but often appears as a fine powder.
The more proper sodium hydrogen carbonate that you can find to raise the alkalinity in the pool. You can add 1.5 pounds of baking soda to 10,000 gallons of water to increase the total alkalinity by 10 ppm.

Take note, while you can use baking soda in your pool, you should never use the pool version for cooking or baking.

2. Household Bleach

Household bleach, otherwise known as sodium hypochlorite, used to shock a pool. Its also a strong chemical used for cleaning things or removing colour from things.

In fact, if you have hard water issues, can help reduced the calcium precipitation in the water.

Make sure you use the unscented variety. You can raise the chlorine level in a 10,000 gallon pool by 5 ppm by adding one half gallon of bleach to the water.

 3. Muriatic Acid

Muriatic acid is a colorless inorganic chemical system with the formula H 2O:HCl. Hydrochloric acid has a distinctive pungent smell. Classified as strongly acidic and can attack the skin over a wide composition range. Since the hydrogen chloride completely dissociates in aqueous solution.

You can use muriatic acid to lower the alkalinity of your water by as much as 10 ppm in a typical 10,000 gallon pool. It’s usually less expensive than alkalinity decreasers made for pools.

4. Borax

Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate. It is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve in water.
Add one half a cup per 10,000 gallons of water to increase the pH.
How much you need to use will depend on how big your pool is and how much you need to raise the pH levels in your pool.

5. Plastic Broom

A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of usually stiff fibers (often made of plastic, hair, or corn husks). Attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle, the broomstick. Soft brooms are for sweeping walls of cobwebs and spiders, like a “feather duster”.

Instead of trying to vacuum the entire pool, take a plastic broom. You can sweep the dirt into one area first and then vacuum it away.

This makes it much easier to clean the bottom of the pool than using the vacuum. Be sure you use a broom with plastic ends that will still work under water.


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