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    Iodine vs Chlorine

    Anyone ever heard of using iodine instead of chlorine?

    Safety of iodine as a disinfectant in swimming pools

    (I wasn't sure where this question should be posted, so please move if it is in the wrong place. Thanks!)
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    Re: Iodine vs Chlorine

    Very interesting indeed. I was very surprised to see that the study was from 1963, yet 52 years later chlorine is still the choice of pool sanitizer.

    Maybe the iodine is not cost-effective (I have no idea how much a gallon of iodine costs), nor how friendly it would be to the environment as runoff water.

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    Re: Iodine vs Chlorine

    as per this thread chemgeek demonstrates that iodine disinfection byproducts are far more toxic than chlorine or bromine
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    Re: Iodine vs Chlorine

    And many people are highly allergic to Iodine.
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    Re: Iodine vs Chlorine

    My first thought was of Mercurochrome, but no, that's mercury not Iodine. We used to paint ourselves with it though...and I only twitch a little now ::shake shake:: LOL
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    Re: Iodine vs Chlorine

    Quote Originally Posted by poolnoob.ca View Post
    as per this thread chemgeek demonstrates that iodine disinfection byproducts are far more toxic than chlorine or bromine
    Thanks a lot! I should have searched first.. my apologies!

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    And many people are highly allergic to Iodine.
    There are different kinds of iodine.. iodine is a required nutrient for every cell in our bodies.
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    Re: Iodine vs Chlorine

    Quote Originally Posted by poolnoob.ca View Post
    as per this thread chemgeek demonstrates that iodine disinfection byproducts are far more toxic than chlorine or bromine
    What a GREAT read that thread was. Thanks for the link.

    Chem Geek knows his snit for sure.

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