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How to Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Pool Water



Have pesky algae or are you looking to balance your pool’s pH levels? Look in your kitchen cabinets and give baking soda a try!……CONTINUE READING>>>

Person cleaning and chlorinating the pool on a hot summer afternoon, is running the cleaner and adding chlorine powder

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a natural salt derived from nahcolite deposits (a colorless mineral). Commonly used in baking products, baking soda is a leavening agent you’ll find in the baking aisles at supermarkets. However, baking soda is also a powerful cleaning agent outside the kitchen. In fact, you can use it to clean and balance your pool’s pH.

Keeping your pool’s pH levels balanced is vital for swimmers’ safety, and baking soda helps create a healthy and proportionate pool. There are a few reasons why you would use baking soda in or around your pool. From controlling algae to raising the alkalinity levels of your pool, learn how to use baking soda to your benefit as a pool owner!

Things You Will Need
baking soda, scrubber, water

You’ll need to gather a few materials before you get started.

Baking soda
pH testing kit
Pool cleaning brush
Pool skimmer or vacuum

Use Baking Soda to Balance Your Pool

Using baking soda in your pool can lower pH levels. The alkalinity of your pool is important for an enjoyable swim. ​Anything above a pH of 8.0 can cause rashes or skin irritations. On the other hand, a pH level that is lower than 7.0 can sting your eyes when swimming. A pH between 7.0 and 7.6 is the sweet spot for a healthy, balanced pool.

Because baking soda is alkaline, adding it to your pool can increase the alkalinity of your pool. When a pool has higher alkalinity, it assists the chlorine in keeping the pool’s water clean and clear for swimming. But how do you find out your pool’s pH levels?

Step 1 – Use pH Strips
PH strips by a pool

Use a pH testing kit to determine if your pool needs baking soda to balance the pH levels. You can buy these kits from pool specialty centers, home and garden shops, and e-commerce sites. Follow the directions on your pH strips to determine the overall health of your pool, including the pH level, chlorine, alkalinity, and more. If your pool’s pH balance falls below 7.2, move on to the next step with baking soda to get your pool back to good standards.

Step 2 – Determine Amount of Baking Soda
Wetting feet in pool

Now that you know your pool water needs balancing, how much baking soda should you use? This all depends on how many gallons your pool holds. Not sure how many gallons of water your pool holds? You can do math to determine how many gallons are in your pool if you’re unsure.

For a rectangular pool: Length x width x depth x 7½ = how many gallons your pool holds
For a circular pool: Diameter x depth x 7½ = how many gallons your pool holds

You’ll need 1½ pounds of baking soda per 10,000 gallons of water. Sprinkle your baking soda throughout the pool instead of in one spot, and wait at least six hours before turning on the filtration system. The water will be cloudy before filtering.
Step 3 – Retest
PH strips in a pool

After sprinkling the baking soda and waiting six hours, retest your pool’s pH levels using the pH strips again. If the levels are still below 7.2, repeat the steps until achieved.

It’s possible to add too much baking soda to your pool for pH or algae reasons. Too much baking soda causes the alkalinity to increase, causing cloudy water. Be sure to only use the proper amount.

How to Get Rid of Black Algae

Black algae can appear in swimming pools as dark clusters that are hard to scrape off because of its root system. Algae form in pools when there’s poor circulation, or the water’s balance is off.

One of the few ways to eliminate black algae is by cleaning the surface and altering the pool’s chemical balance. Black algae can appear on the walls or floors of pools. You can use baking soda to fight black algae instead of buying an algaecide.

Step 1 – Grab Some Baking Soda and a Brush
A dirty pool

To spot-treat black algae in or around the pool, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot, and using a cleaning brush, rub the baking soda into the algae in a circular motion until the algae is gone.

Step 2 – Clean Up Algae Remnants
Vacuuming a dirty pool

After scrubbing the algae off the surfaces of your pool, use a pool strainer or vacuum to suck up the remaining particles that floated away in the water. Repeat if algae returns.

Get Scrubbing!

Baking soda can seemingly do it all, cleaning and invigorating everything from muffins to pool water. Whether trying to alkalinize your pool and make it the correct pH or clean algae off the walls, you can use baking soda as your guide.

Have you used baking soda for cleaning your pool before? What were the results? Share your results with fellow pool owners looking for guidance in the comments section below!

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