(Closed) Salt Water vs Chlorine in ground pools

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Post # 3
7291 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

My family has a saltwater pool, and initially it can be more expensive. Its definitely is easier on the eyes as far as irritation, but yes it still does contain chlorine. The difference is like how its released I think

I like it because it feels less harsh, and its great against your hair and skin.

Post # 4
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

We had an above ground pool when I was younger and we used hydrogen peroxide instead. Of course, then it became harder to get because I guess meth labs or some kind of drug-making uses it…..so they look at you funny when you want a 55-gal drum of it!

Post # 5
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ive swam in both and personally I cant really tell the difference. Both types still turned my hair green :p

Post # 6
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I looooove salt water pools– my skin feels so clean and happy afterward.  it might be a placebo effect but I don’t care.

Post # 7
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I do not have first hand experience with salt water pools, but I have heard they are more expensive to maintain. We always had normal water but instead of chlorine my dad used a chemical called bacasill (I have no idea of the spelling). He always had some chlorine alternative which was less harsh on skin and eyes and did not smell so strong but I know there are several different variations on the market. Also, he made sure to run the vacuum and filter enough but kept the chemical treatment minimal which was fine because it is not a public pool. Just consider how often you will use the pool and maybe go to a pool store to see all your options. I must admit the salt water option sounds mush more exciting than regular water!


Post # 8
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Saltwater all the way.

We have had both – we actually converted our chlorine pool to saltwater.

It was an expensive process (and yes, it IS more expensive to put in, intially) but it is actually cheaper to maintain over time. You only need to buy bags of salt, not the chlorine, shock, bromine etc.

I found it made a huge difference in skin/hair as well, a lot less harsh.

If you are looking for long term savings/easier maintenance, my vote is for salt water! 🙂

Post # 10
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@regberadaisy:  We hired professionals to change it over – I honestly have no idea how much it was, but i believe it was relatively pricey. (It was my parents pool).

We found there was less maintenance, but I suppose that could be different depending on climate, type of pool liner etc and system you put in.

Salt water is good for kidlets too … easier on their sensitive skin & eyes!

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