Many pool owners rely on chemicals to maintain their pools and keep their water sparkling clean. Not everyone is comfortable using chemicals in their pool, however. Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to keep your pool clean.
Today, we’ll look at chemical-free ways to maintain the cleanliness and clarity of your pool, and we’ll review everything you need to know to maintain a spotless pool the natural way. Just like you eventually need to learn how to clean your pool without a pump, eventually you should learn how to keep your pool clean without chemicals.
Why You Should Avoid Chemicals
- Skin Irritation: Chemicals like chlorine can cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. Exposure to these chemicals can cause itching, rashes, and other irritations.
- Damage to the environment: If you use chemicals, they can wash out of the pool and into the surrounding soil. This leads to the pollution of local streams, rivers, and other bodies of water, which directly harms local wildlife.
- Corrosion of pool equipment: The chemicals used to treat swimming pools can corrode pool machinery like pumps and filters, which can be costly to fix or replace.
Keep Your Pool Properly Filtered and Circulated
If you want to go above and beyond, you can also use an automatic pool cleaner, but basic cleaning is easy and goes a long way. One of the most important tasks in maintaining the cleanliness of your pool is to filter and circulate it properly.
To do this, circulate water throughout the pool and operate your pool filter regularly. You should also refresh the pool filter frequently, preferably for eight to twelve hours each day.
Backwashing and cleaning your pool filter will ensure it operates properly. A clogged filter can cause your pool’s water to become more contaminated and dirty.
Use a Pool Skimmer to Remove Debris
Use a pool skimmer regularly—ideally every day—to keep your pool clean and inviting. Regularly clean your skimmer basket to ensure it functions properly, and it can help you prevent leaves, insects, and other debris from accumulating on the water’s surface.
Use Natural Products Like Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you’re searching for a natural and chemical-free way to clean your pool, natural products like baking soda and vinegar just might be your thing. Baking soda helps balance the pH of your pool water, and vinegar helps remove dirt and grime from the pool walls and floor.
Simply add one and a half pounds of baking soda to your pool for every 10,000 gallons of water. You can easily use vinegar, mixed one to one with water in a spray bottle, to clean your pool’s walls and floor.
This will also help maintain the water’s pH balance and ensure it doesn’t become excessively acidic or alkaline.
Shock Your Pool With Hydrogen Peroxide
You can get cleaner and clearer water with the help of hydrogen peroxide, which can even help remove organic impurities.
Add fifty milliliters of hydrogen peroxide for every 250 gallons of water. Hydrogen peroxide can be harmful if it gets on your skin or eyes, so remember to wear gloves and safety goggles when handling it.
As you can see, you can keep your pool clean without relying on chemicals, so try these techniques if you want to take a more natural approach.
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