We haven't been in the pool since before I added the borax on Sept 6 and yesterday my husband decided to get in for the first time. He does not know that I added borates, since I handle the pool and we really just don't talk about what I do or don't do. He was almost immediately complaining of his skin itching while he was IN the water and I too have noticed my arm itching when I go to get testing samples from under the surface.
Anyone heard of borax causing this type of skin irritation IN the water?? I know in powder form it can cause eye and skin irritation, but I had always heard that adding borates to pool water actually made the water less likely to cause itching/irritation.
Maybe it's not the borax at all but maybe my pH is a little lower than usual is causing it? I heard pH didn't start to cause irritation until below 7.2.....
Thanks for any comments.