How to Clear a Cloudy Pool with Baking Soda – Achieving Crystal Water

Let’s face it, anybody who is a pool owner dreads the sight of a cloudy pool and the arduous tasks of getting it back to its clear state. However, an interesting quick fix for this is to know how to clear a cloudy pool with baking soda.

Yes, baking soda which is a common household product can be used as a remedy for your cloudy pool water. As interesting as it may seem, using a conventional household product like baking soda to clear a cloudy pool can save you money and time.

This means, no need to hire a professional to do the job. Be that as it may seem, before jumping into the process, you must also equip yourself with the proper know-how in using baking soda to clear a cloudy pool.

In this article, I will share with you the steps on how to clear a cloudy pool with baking soda. Moreover, I will also give you a few important tips you must know about using baking soda for this process.

What You Will Need

Before I give you the steps on how to clear a cloudy pool with baking soda, there are essential things that you will need for this project. These are the following materials you will need.

  • Baking Soda
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Scientifically known as Sodium Bicarbonate, baking soda is a product that is widely used. Interestingly, there is a massive range of activities baking soda is usually involved with. From cooking, cleaning and disinfecting to even fire extinguishing and being used for fireworks.

This white, crystalline, fine powder has a lot to offer. With regard to clearing a cloudy pool, baking soda helps to balance out the acidity and alkalinity of the water. One of the primary causes of your pool water turning cloudy is if its chemistry is off balance.

This means, your pool water’s pH level or alkalinity could either be too high or too low. As one of the properties of baking soda is regulating pH level and alkalinity, this will be an ideal remedy to clear a cloudy pool.

  • Chlorine

This is used to shock the pool after adding baking soda to it. Other option you can consider is using household bleach for shocking the pool.


How To Clear A Cloudy Pool With Baking Soda

Once you have all the vital materials for this project, you may now proceed to follow the simple guide as follows. Now, here are the steps on how to clear a cloudy pool with baking soda.

1. The first thing that you need to do for this process is to obtain the reading of your pool water. This means you need to find out if your pool water has too high pH level or too low as same with its alkalinity.

2. Once you have taken readings and assessed the state of your pool water, you can proceed to measure the amount of baking soda you need to use.

To know the correct proportions, you can read the instruction manual of the specific baking soda product that you are using. As a reference, you can also use the calculated proportions as follow:

Regulating pH level only

  • Based on your readings, if the pH level falls under 7.2, the correct proportion is three to four pounds baking soda for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.
  • Based on your readings, if the pH level falls between 7.2 and 7.5, the correct proportion is two pounds baking soda for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.
  • Based on your readings, if the pH level falls higher than 7.5, there is no need to add baking soda to your pool water.

Regulating alkalinity and pH level

  • Based on your readings, if the alkalinity level falls at 20 ppm, take twelve pounds of baking soda and add it for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.
  • Based on your readings, if the alkalinity level falls at 40 ppm, take nine pounds of baking soda and add it for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.
  • Based on your readings, if the alkalinity level falls at 60 ppm, take six pounds of baking soda and add it for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.
  • Based on your readings, if the alkalinity level falls at 80 ppm, take three pounds of baking soda and add it for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.
  • Based on your readings, if the alkalinity level falls at 110 ppm or more, no need to add baking soda to your pool water.

(Tip 1: These measurements are made for pools with 10 thousand gallons of water. Be that as it may, you must do your calculation based on these measurements if in case you have more or less than 10 thousand gallons of pool water.)

(Tip 2: Do not add other chemicals to your pool while adding baking soda.)

3. Once done, shock your pool with chlorine and let the pool filter run for the next 24 hours.

4. After 24 hours have passed, check your pool water readings again if the alkalinity and pH levels are all good. Contrastingly, repeat the steps until you attain balanced levels of your pool water.

To know how this is done, watch this video


Other Household Products You Can Use To Help Clean Your Pool

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  • 1. Ordinary household bleach

aside from chlorine, household bleach can be your option to use for shocking your pool. This chemical can effectively deal with calcium precipitation in water. For raising chlorine levels, add half a gallon of bleach for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.

  • 2. Muriatic acid

This chemical can reduce the alkalinity level of your pool water to 10 ppm for every ten thousand gallons of water.

  • 3. Borax

This is a product that is usually spotted in the laundry section in stores. It is also very effective in raising the pH level your pool water. All you need is half a cup of borax to add to every ten thousand gallons of pool water to raise the pH levels.

  • 4. Plastic broom

This very ordinary item can also be used to help in cleaning your pool. With the chemicals aside, a plastic broom is very effective in getting rid of those leaves and dirt. Using a plastic broom, you can sweep the leaves and dirt into one area so it is easier to vacuum it afterwards.

Conclusion

Every day and ordinary products found in your home can be used in so many ways than one. It is up to you to explore and discover other possibilities on how they can be of use.

Opting for common household products such as baking soda to achieve a clear pool water is also inexpensive and involves less effort. However, while the process may be easy, understanding the instructions for the process to be effective is very vital. 

Was this article helpful? Were you able to learn and understand the steps on how to clear a cloudy pool with baking soda? Do you find the additional tips useful? Do you have any other suggestions regarding this topic?

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Dan Harris
 

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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