As far as kiddy pools I have a $5 book called Grapefruit Seed Extract. It gives amounts of GSE to use in pools but my book is packed & I can't look it up. I don't know if it would work but it might be worth trying- it is a potent anti bacterial & anti mold so it should prevent algae. Just an idea.
DH used to install & repair spas. (hot tubs) There is a product line called Eco One that has both a spa/hot tub line & a pool care line. DH has used the spa/hot tub line & really likes it. I have been in both spas that used the standard chemicals & the fumes made me sick & in spas treated with Eco One & they didn't bother me at all.
The spa/hot tub line is enzyme based & the pool line is copper ion based. With either one you do have to use shock occasionally but not near as often as with any other treatment system. I was just looking at the Eco One web site & they are coming out with a new shock that comes in packets for spas so you never have to touch the chemical that looks good. Since it's new DH doesn't have any experience with it but based on Eco One's philosophy it is probably less toxic than most shocks. It is supposed to be available on May 15, 2007.
When Eco One spa/hot tub line 1st came out the manufacture recommended using vinegar & baking soda to adjust the PH but the FDA made them change to "approved spa chemicals". DH has seen spas maintained this way & it did work but as a spa tech he cannot "officially" recommend it.
Here is a link for Eco One:Eco One
One creative customer of DH's used several silver dollars in his filter compartment to replace the silver ions normally used in certain spa care systems. Again, as a spa tech DH can't officially recommend it but it did work. Ions are not used with Eco One but some spa care systems use them.
I was wondering if anyone has had any luck without using chemicals? We have a hot tub that we haven't used yet because of the chemical issue. We plan to fill it in 2 weeks and not use the heater so that the kids can cool off in it. What should I do to keep the water healthy? ~L
We used to have an in ground pool in Ohio but our kids were allergic to the chlorine. So we researched and decided to use the Bacquacil system. The base is hydrogen peroxide along with some other things. The first year it worked wonders. The water was so crystal clear and it also made it softer. It also took care of the allergy in the kids. The second year we used it with not so much success. But I think we would try it again if we had the need for it. It takes some learning on your part and it is more expensive than the chlorine. Over here the new thing in pools is salt water pools. I don't know much about it but the salt water pools I have seen are very clear without the strong chlorine smell.
I just asked DH & he said that when you heat hydrogen peroxide it breaks down the glue used on the plumbing fittings & breaks down the filter(s). Unless the spa/hot tub manufacturer specifically recommends hydrogen peroxide using it will void the warranty.
Petri Mama- if you are not going to use the heater then check with the manufacturer of what ever treatments you use to find out if you should use spa/hot tub chemicals or pool chemicals. Spa/hot tub chemicals & pool chemicals are designed to be used at different temperatures & that may effect which one you should use.
Just so everyone one knows, salt water systems require extra care & not all glues & filters used in spas/hot tubs & pools are compatible with it. Be sure to research before starting to use it. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom