When summer time hits you want to be sure you are ready to hit the pool. If you have a backyard pool or spa, there are cleaning options that don’t use harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Even if you live in an area with a community pool that everyone uses, you can ask for chlorine alternatives. Here are the top five ways to clean your pool or spa that are good for you and the environment:
Build a Natural Pool or Pond
The first option is to build a natural pool that acts more like a pond. It will rely on algae, plants, animals, and often some sort of water pump to rid the water of harmful bacteria. This is the most eco-friendly way to go, and if you do it right, it looks gorgeous and will take care of itself. Here’s a great tutorial on how to build your own natural pool.
A saltwater pool sanitizes by filtering natural salt through an electrolytic generator, which produces pure (and safe) chlorine. The entire system is built into the pool’s plumbing, and this makes sure everything is dispersed evenly. You won’t have to worry about noxious chlorine, which is dangerous for children and pets, and your pool will be clean and only slightly salty.
UV (ultraviolet) light is often used in the food industry to pasteurize food, and in the medical industry to sterilize medical equipment. It also makes for a great way to sanitize your pool! This type of sanitizer uses short bursts of UV light at intervals, which breaks down the DNA of tiny organisms living in the water, and stops them from reproducing. It sounds a little scary, but they’re definitely safe for both pets and people.
An ozone purification system does require a little bit of chlorine, but it’s still safer than a chlorine system alone. Ozone is actually activated oxygen that neutralizes harmful agents in the chlorine that is used, and it also neutralizes harmful particles and bacteria. It makes these tiny organisms clump together, and then they are large enough to be filtered out by the pool’s normal filter. It’s a safe alternative for families because ozone is not at all harmful in the water (though it is in the air.)
PHMB doesn’t work in spas, but if you use a vacuum in your pool, PHMB is a great alternative. It penetrates the cell walls of bacteria and liquefies them, and then they sink and can safely be vacuumed up from the floor of the pool. This system also uses hydrogen peroxide to make the pool safe for swimming. Hydrogen peroxide is lower maintenance than chlorine, and is better for your skin, hair, and eyes.