How can I save money on pool chemicals?

Question by vicky30pa: How can I save money on pool chemicals?
I have a 5500 gallon easy set pool that I just put up this past month.. and money is starting to get tight for me. I was wondering if anyone has had any success with using dollar store household chlorine bleach in there pool of similar size and what it cost them. I used it in my kids pools in the past ..and yes a pool professional recomended it. Please don’t just say it will be too expensive.. I want people to answer whom have actually done this to save money.

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Answer by I Care 4 Missing Persons
The chlorine in bleach used in washing machines isn’t the same as pool chlorine. It will fade the plastic, weaken the seams and if you look on the label it says it is a skin irritant. A pool the size you are talking about would require about two gallons and because it breaks down so much faster than pool chlorine it’s going to require more and pretty soon your water will be so out of balance it’ll take a small fortune to get it back.

My advise even with money being tight is to go to a reputable pool supply and buying a quality pool chlorine. It’ll last four times longer and won’t cause chlorine burns on the kids skin or turn their hair green.

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3 Responses to “How can I save money on pool chemicals?”

  1. vortex says:

    chlorine is chlorine bleach is the same stuff but you will have to work out what amount you use be careful but dont be fooled it is the same thing

  2. pat j says:

    I’m on tank supply for my drinking water. The water comes off my roof and is able to be contaminated by birds crapping on my roof as they fly over. I have just had a commercial tank cleaner here to clean the tank out. After pumping the water out he water blasted the inside of the concrete tank using a water/chlorine mix. After he was finished I asked him how could I keep the water fit to drink and this was his recommendations. For every 5000 gallons add 1 pint of Janola. If you don’t know what Janola is , it’s watered down chlorine used as household bleach. I’ve been doing that and don’t even taste it. No different to town water. You may have to use a little more than that in a pool but a test kit will tell you that.
    I understand sunlight kills chlorine so if possible when then the pool is not in use cover it to keep the sun off it and that will save you having to dose it so often.

  3. Buttsoap says:

    Chlorine whether pool or laundry beach is sodium hypochlorite and is identical except for strength, 1.25%/6% or 12.5%. Some dimestore bleach is 1.25% and no value at all since you have to buy more of it (4.8 times and 10 times) to get the hypochlorite needed to raise the water to 1-3ppm max of 5 levels. You get what you pay for.

    But if you want to figure how much hypochlorite you are buying to see who is selling at the best price then I’m all ears!

    5,500 gallons for 1ppm free chlorine add 6.13oz of 12.5% sodium hypochlorite, pool chlorine or 14.08oz of 5%.

    You’re welcome!!