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Chlorine, Bromine or Salt? Which One’s Best for Your Pool?

· Chlorine,Chemicals,Water testing

If you grew up swimming in chlorine pools, you should know that there are a lot of other, perhaps superior, options to going with this standard option. Chlorine can be harsh on your swimming suits and your skin. Some people are even allergic to it.

Here’s a look at your options, along with the pros and cons of each one.


Generally the least costly item of all pool treatment options, chlorine is a popular choice. It is also safe to use. In cases where eyes become irritated or skin becomes dry, it’s usually due to improperly balanced pool chemicals or chlorination. If you opt for this treatment, be sure to test your water regularly and work with a reputable professional who will guide you in the process.

Chlorine pool water


While bromine is not a form of chlorine, it’s fairly similar to it. This chemical compound functions like a sanitizer and can be a great option for people who can’t tolerate chlorine. On the other hand, it won’t oxidize the pool water as well as chlorine will. On its own, using bromine will leave your pool water looking cloudy.

As a result, many pool owners opt to use bromine and chlorine together. You’ll be able to use less chlorine, but won’t be able to eliminate it entirely. Keep in mind, however, that bromine costs slightly more than using chlorine alone.


Salt works in much the same way as chlorine does, ensuring free chlorine (the agent that keeps the water looking clear and clean) remains high and that chloramines (the components that cause skin irritation and smelly water) are low. When the salt moves through the salt cell, it receives an electric charge, which breaks it down into the compound chlorine.

Salt also generally costs less than chemicals; however, the salt cells won’t last forever (maybe as long as five years) and require cleaning.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Often used in healthcare or medical settings for people with skin allergies or sensitive skin, you can opt for a hydrogen peroxide pool treatment for your home pool. While it’s more costly than chlorine-based products, it’s a truly natural option that effectively sanitizes a pool without harmful byproducts that chlorine generates.

Here’s how it works: Exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light, the hydrogen peroxide reacts and then creates a compound that oxidizes the water, eliminating nutrients that would otherwise feed fungi and bacteria.

Getting started

No matter what pool treatment you choose for your pool, it’s important to keep the pool water safe. That requires regular testing and consultation with a pool expert who can help you adjust elements in order to keep the pool looking great and the water safe to swim in.

If you need help with your pool care, contact Family Pools and Spas today!

What pool treatment are you currently using, and what questions do you have about alternative methods that are piquing your interest?

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