Cleaning and maintaining your pool takes a lot of work, but it’s worth the time and effort when you see how much it’s enjoyed by friends and family. However, you may still be concerned about the products you put into your pool and how they impact your family and the environment.
Chlorine has always been the staple ingredient used to kill bacteria, but there are new products coming up that may be just as effective and safer on the environment and our health. Let’s take a look at some of the all-natural ways that you can keep your pool water clean.
Natural Pool Purifiers
Natural pool purifiers reduce the amount of chlorine that you need in your pool. Ultraviolet light systems penetrate the water with UV light, which improves sanitation. UV light has been used for thousands of years for sanitation purposes. While you’ll still need to use some chlorine for bacteria and algae control, you can cut chlorine use by as much as 50%.
Another option is using minerals, specifically copper and silver. These minerals naturally repel bacteria and algae and have also been used for thousands of years to sanitize water. You can purchase an automated system to do the work for you.
Saltwater pools sanitize themselves by naturally breaking down bacteria and germs. Through electrolysis, the salt turns into chlorine and can be reused. Saltwater systems also produce fewer byproducts, and therefore side effects, which is why people report less problems with red, burning eyes and skin irritation. Saltwater systems can also improve the skin and hair, making them softer.
Natural Pool Products
When you buy less chlorine, either because you need it less or your saltwater pool generates its own, it decreases in demand. With a decreased demand, production lowers as well. To reduce your reliance on chlorine, opt for more environmentally friendly pool chemicals that are made with natural enzyme products.
Planting any type of vegetation is good for the environment, but planting the right vegetation can also leave you with a cleaner pool. Plants and shrubs absorb some of the carbon dioxide and byproducts from traditional pool cleaners. Opt for purifying plants like reeds and irises that filter out bacteria in the soil and purify the air. Don’t forget the importance of a pool cover as well. Keeping your pool closed when it’s not in use cuts down on debris getting into the pool.