Saving on Pool Supplies – Making Your Own Chemicals

We all know that pool supplies can get expensive sometimes. In certain cases, you may be able to save money on chemicals. Although you should get the right chemicals as much as you possibly can, these hacks can help you save a bit of money in the short term.


If you need to increase the alkalinity in your pool, you can use commercial baking soda. If you buy this product in bulk (which you need for swimming pools anyway), you can save even more money. For every 10,000 gallons of water your pool has, you will need about 1.5 pounds of baking soda for an alkalinity increase of 10 ppm.


This hack has less to do with chemicals and more with physics. Add your chlorine to the pool in the night time hours and you will save money. Why? Chlorine is broken down more quickly by sunlight, and it loses its effectiveness faster.


Sometimes your pool needs a bit of a pH upper, and you can get this from pure Borax. Please note – this is pure borax, or sodium tetraborate. You cannot use a detergent that simply claims to have borax in it. However, if you use the pure stuff, it works the same as soda ash when it comes to increasing pH.

Take the tips above to heart, fold the surplus back into your budget and get more pool supplies for the future. A clean pool is a happy pool!