This all misses an important point. Though chlorine is easier, and baquacil can be a pain (as well as expensive), my doctor is absolutely opposed to chlorine use for health reasons. If salt were an option for us, we would consider it. I am hoping to learn more about some other non-chlorine options that may work, be acceptable to my doctor, and be easier than baquacil. Until then, I'm stuck with baquacil.