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    Bleach question

    I have access to very cheap 5.25% bleach. It says on the bottles that it is a disinfectant, sanitizer, germicide, deodorizer. Not sure if this is safe to use in my pool or if it has other ingredients present that aren't going to work in pool. My pool construction is beginning in a few weeks and just doing my homework here on Tfp which is why I don't have my info loaded. I will try to include pic of bleach bottles but can't find where to insert a pic from my phone. Thank you for any help

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    Re: Bleach question

    If it doesn't list the ingredients specifically on the side of the label, I don't use it. The primary ingredient. sodium hypochlorite, should be clearly marked. Even the generic 8.25% bleaches I use say it.
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    Re: Bleach question

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    Re: Bleach question

    Thank you guys very much for the responses! It list active ingredient as Sodium Hypochlorite 5.25%
    Other Ingredients 94.75%
    It is labeled as First Mark Bleach with first mark being the manufacturer. Lists Germacide, disinfectant, sanitizer, deodorizer, I believe just cause that's the uses of bleach. Doesn't say anything about scented or outdoor bleach. It is sold to restraunts by commercial sales companies. Will see if I can add pic from my computer, mobile site doesn't seem to let me.

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    Re: Bleach question

    Well, it looks like it may be fine. Bleach is one of those products that is readily available at a lot of places, so if you have a Wal-Mart or something I know you can get more there. FYI - I can get bleach at Wal-Mart (Great Value) for $2.94 a gallon, and it's stronger (8.25%). So make sure you're getting a good value for your money.
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    Re: Bleach question

    Depends on how cheap it is. I've used 5.25% before because it is on sale for a good price and I know it moves off the shelves fast. However, I've also bought 8.25% when it is on sale as well. Great link I got from this website: Chlorine Price Per Ounce Calculator
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    Re: Bleach question

    Thanks again for the responses! Found this bleach through Roma Food Services at $7.99 for 6 x1gallon jugs. Thanks for link to the price calculator, that's pretty slick

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    Re: Bleach question

    Make sure your new found bleach is as strong as it lists (5.25%). Test your FC first. Use PoolMath to tell you how much to add to raise your FC by 2 and add that amount. Then wait while it is mixed up by the pump and retest. Did it raise your FC by 2ppm? Then you can decide if its a good bargain.

    Keep in mind the weaker the bleach, the more jugs you have to haul.
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    Re: Bleach question

    As an aside, check the date codes on any bleach or chlorine you buy. In your picture above it shows a date code of 15341 - 341st day of 2015. So it was made in early December of last year. It's presently over 5 months old and may have lost a lot of its listed potency.
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    Re: Bleach question

    I noticed yesterday that one of the local WalMart stores is carrying 10% liquid chlorine (in the pool section) for $2.50, which is a great price according to the calculator. I've never used it though.

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