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    Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    I know that Pool school states that it is the same Arm & Hammer found in the baking aisle.
    But I ask if I can use the A&H powdered clothes detergent.

    BJ's sells big containers of it and coupons are usually mailed to the house.

    Is it the same thing?
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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    No, not at all.

    Read the labels carefully. When you look for Twenty Mule Team Borax, don't confuse it with their laundry detergent, either.
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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    No. A&H Laundry Detergent is not baking soda or washing soda. A&H Baking Soda is an orange box or bag and Super Washing Soda is a yellow box.

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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    ok, thank you.
    I had assumed it is the same thing, based on sodium bicarbonate's versatility (antacid, deodorizer, alkalinity raiser...etc)
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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    No, not at all.

    Read the labels carefully. When you look for Twenty Mule Team Borax, don't confuse it with their laundry detergent, either.
    What is the difference in the 2..I have only seen one at the store in the laundry section. This one

    [url]http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com//url]
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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    thabezzer as in a John Vanbiesbrouck fan? (ex hockey goalie for the Florida Panthers)
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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    Quote Originally Posted by nabril15
    thabezzer as in a John Vanbiesbrouck fan? (ex hockey goalie for the Florida Panthers)
    No just an old nickname
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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    Baking soda raises TA a great deal and PH just a tiny bit.
    Washing soda raises PH a great deal and TA some.
    Borax raises PH a great deal and TA just a little.
    Laundry detergent makes a huge mess.
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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    Quote Originally Posted by thabeezer
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    No, not at all.

    Read the labels carefully. When you look for Twenty Mule Team Borax, don't confuse it with their laundry detergent, either.
    What is the difference in the 2..I have only seen one at the store in the laundry section. This one

    [url]http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com//url]
    oops. I was thinking of Boraxo hand soap, not laundry soap.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Baking soda to use for BBB...can I use detergent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Quote Originally Posted by thabeezer
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    No, not at all.

    Read the labels carefully. When you look for Twenty Mule Team Borax, don't confuse it with their laundry detergent, either.
    What is the difference in the 2..I have only seen one at the store in the laundry section. This one

    [url]http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com//url]
    oops. I was thinking of Boraxo hand soap, not laundry soap.
    You had me freaked out there for a minute
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