The most important thing in having a swimming pool is to keep it clean and free from bacteria and algae. This is made easy by adding pool chlorine which is a chemical that helps to make the pool safe for use. But because pool chlorine is expensive and maybe sometimes because of an emergency people usually make use of household bleach instead. But is this safe? What are the merits or demerits of using these two options?
Household bleach is made up of 6% sodium hypochlorite, with about 5.25% chlorine content. It is usually in liquid form and many of them are scented to provide excellent cleaning for household items. Pool chlorine on the other hand is much stronger, containing at least 11% of chlorine hypochlorite and as much as 65% of calcium hypochlorite chlorine. Pool chlorine is available in solid form which is the natural state of chlorine.
Using Household Bleach
The major advantage of using household bleach for the swimming pool is because of its convenience. Since it is in liquid form you can just pour it into the pool and expect it to begin work immediately. Also household bleach is always available in the house – great value in emergency situations, and is quite cheap compared to the expensive pool chlorine. But because of its low strength you might need to buy more if you want to do a solid pool cleaning.
Using Pool Chlorine
Pool chlorine may be expensive but it does provide great efficiency for cleaning of any type of swimming pool or water disinfectant. Pool chlorine is made specifically for cleaning pools so you don’t need to worry about measurements and quantities when cleaning.
If you’re running on a low budget then you might just settle for the bleach. Both options are safe as long as you follow instructions on the proper application for swimming pool maintenance.