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    Borax or Salt

    I'm just curious to find out what the prefered method of making the water "feel" better to your skin. Do members out there prefer to add borax or salt to improve the feel of the water? After swimming a few times I have noticed my skin looks dryed out. I'm thinking about adding something...borax or salt to help with this. Any advice out there?
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    Re: Borax or Salt

    Having not tried the "salt for feel" test, I cannot really comment on that, other than it is fairly widely held here that adding salt does improve the feel of the water. I have had borates in my pool before though and it most definitely gave the water a silkier feel, at least to me and my family.
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    Re: Borax or Salt

    We add salt to somewhere around 1800 - 2000 ppm. It makes a wonderful difference in the water feel.
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    Re: Borax or Salt

    We have very hard water and I have borates at 50ppm and salt at 3000-3500ppm for the swg. Couldn't be happier with how soft the water feels.
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