As the weather warms up, many people are looking forward to spending time in their backyard pool. However, a common problem for those with a pool is cloudy water and algae growth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can treat your pool without having to spend money on expensive chemicals or other treatments.

Here are some tips that will help you perform natural pool treatment.

  1. Saltwater

Saltwater is an effective way to clean the pool. You can use it with other treatment options to maintain a safe pool environment for swimming. However, it should not replace other treatment options because salt water has no sanitizing properties on its own.

Soak your mop or brush in saltwater before scrubbing against dirt stains so that you don’t grind them into the tiles where they will then set and become difficult to remove later. This also helps reduce algae by removing organic matter from tile grout lines.

To create natural pools of salt water, use about 30 pounds (around 13 kilograms) of rock salt for every 300 gallons (around 1135 liters) of water. Turn the pool filter system off so it does not try to get rid of salt that is being added. Slowly dissolve rock salt in hot tap water until all is dissolved and pour it over the pool. Repeat the process daily until desired salinity has been reached.

  1. Use Distilled White Vinegar

Vinegar is also a superb pool cleaner. Using vinegar to treat water will provide a number of benefits: it removes calcium and mineral deposits, as well as algae.

To use distilled white vinegar for your pool treatment, mix three cups into a gallon jug or bucket with clear tap water (do not forget to add an equal  amount of water). Pour the mixture around the edge of your pool.

If you repeat this process over and over , you will gradually kill all of the bacteria in your water. The right amount of vinegar to pour into your pool is one gallon for every ten gallons of water.

  1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural and biodegradable product that can be used to treat the water in your pool. While it doesn’t disinfect, it does help keep chlorine levels up as well as balance pH levels. For this reason, baking soda should only be added when you are already using chlorination or other treatments for bacteria control.

You will need to add about 20 pounds of dry baking powder per 1000 gallons of swimming pool water every day during peak use times (usually weekends). Add half of the amount if the pool isn’t open for extended periods of time.

Baking soda can also help to clear up cloudy pool water. Add three tablespoons of baking soda per person to the skimmer basket, and this will coat your filter for a few days until you can clean it properly.

The Bottom Line

Treating pool water can be  a lot of work. But, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort into learning some natural ways to clean your pool’s water, the process may be easier. Besides, it’s easier to use these natural treatment options than using traditional chlorine chemicals.


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