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    Is A&H washing powder the same as Borax?

    Is Arm and Hammer Washing Soda the same thing as Borax? I'm getting ready to do an ascorbic acid treatment to my pool due to metal stains and want to make sure I have everything I need. Thanks.
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    Re: Is A&H washing powder the same as Borax?

    Quote Originally Posted by tcordle View Post
    Is Arm and Hammer Washing Soda the same thing as Borax? I'm getting ready to do an ascorbic acid treatment to my pool due to metal stains and want to make sure I have everything I need. Thanks.
    No. Either will raise pH. Borax will raise borates as well. Washing Soda will add TA.
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    Re: Is A&H washing powder the same as Borax?

    Thank you, Richard320. I appreciate it.
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    Re: Is A&H washing powder the same as Borax?

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