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    LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    http://www.dollartree.com/LA-s-Totally- ... /index.pro

    I got a 96 oz jug of this stuff at the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1.

    No useful info on the label except "contains sodium hypochlorite" (duh)

    Any guess as to what % bleach is contained in this mysterious container? It smells like bleach, but not overpowering-like
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    At the LA's Totally Awesome website, the product page is a compendium of contradictions.

    http://www.lastotallyawesome.com/htm...ld_Bleach.html

    The FAQs appear to be for their cleaner product, not their bleach. The available sizes don't match the 96oz size you got.

    Suggest you give them a call and find out about the concentration but I'm guessing it's very low (3-4%) and don't think a scented product is what you want for a pool.

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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    yeah, it's a bit like reading the User Manual for a tool from Harbor Freight - you're better off just figuring it out yourself

    I was hoping someone had used it and estimated a concentration based on the results

    Fresh Scent may just be a marketing term - it smells like bleach to me
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    I agree with Gregg, it's most likely 3% or so. I highly doubt it's 6%.

    If you normally use bleach and you know how much it takes to raise the FC a certain ppm then add that much of the above bleach and test and see if it raises it the same. That'll tell you if it's the same strength as what you normally use.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Quote Originally Posted by twd000
    yeah, it's a bit like reading the User Manual for a tool from Harbor Freight - you're better off just figuring it out yourself


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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Sodium Hypo goes bad quickly. I bet a lot of the 10-12% available in 4 - 1 gallon containers at the pool store is much less. Discount stores certainly are not in a hurry to move the product meaning it is even older and probably less potent.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    The rate of decay mostly depends on how strong it started, but more importantly, temperature and light exposure during storage. Chemgeek posted a chart awhile back that gave the halflife of various concentrations at various temps, and it was actually pretty long.

    Last spring Menard's had a ridiculous BOGO sale on 12%. I bought sixteen bottles and had no problems for 2 months. Then over Memorial Day weekend I bought about 6 more cases at an Ace Hardware sale, and that lasted another 10 wks. I stored it in my basement in a closet, so it was cold and dark, and all of my bleach additions resulted in tests that were spot on.

    This spring when Menard's has their BOGO sale, I'm buying 8 cases, and that should get me through almost the whole summer.

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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    See the chart at the bottom of this link.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Ok, my wife buys this junk and it seems to work well for the washing, but how can I test it as the LA Totally Awesome sits is of no use. I called them and was told they would send me as MSDS but so far nothing. I would really like to figure it out as I am really having fun with the BBB method.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    If they don't bother to label the bottles with a percentage, it is almost certainly 3% or less.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    thanks for replying on what may well be the %. BTW I called sinced I posted for an MSDS again they said they would and again no word. So that's a cinch for 2% maybe. Ill look elsewhere...again thanks
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Keep in mind, I'm in no way an expert. All I've learned, is just from Personal Experience.

    But, I *today* purchased a bottle of this stuff.. and, I have a extremely strong feeling, this stuff is more than 3%.

    No. There isn't a amount of Sodium Hypo Listed.... but, unlike the cheapie 2.75/3% Liquids, the liquid is actually a darker yellow, not a light, barely noticeable one. That, and the Bleach actually smells strong. Now.. I wouldn't say it's 8.25, because, it's not, *eye watering* but, it does seem pretty close. It really does hit you in the face, something the 3% wouldn't do.

    Keep in mind, I'm not an expert, but, I'd imagine this stuff, atleast my bottle, is about 5.25 or 6% at least. I've noticed that some bottles (of Store Brands) can be stronger than others, so maybe mine was just a fluke, but, if you have a $1 to spare, this brand might be worth retrying.

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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Welcome to TFP!

    Thanks for the info on this. Someone who uses this should just see the result when adding it to their pool. One should be able to figure the % based on the actual FC rise seen when adding a known quantity to the pool.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Can't you just test it with FAS/DPD?
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Quote Originally Posted by zethacat View Post
    Can't you just test it with FAS/DPD?
    Directly? No. It requires significant dilution, but rather than going through that process, why not just use your pool to dilute it and measure your pool?
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    I don't know. I imagine it would be less accurate, as it may be difficult to know exactly how many gallons are you in your pool at any given time.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    If you are pretty close on your pool volume, it will be more than adequate for an estimated dose/strength. You cannot measure bleach strength directly without a specific kit. Otherwise it has to be done with dilution. Doing so in a clean pool is sufficient.
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    I did a test today. The cheapo $1 bleach from HEB only raised the FC 1 point (should be no big surprise). The $3 HEB brand, Bravo, raised it 5 (agrees with the poolmath calc). Going by the poolmath calc, the $1 bleach is 2.25% strength. Not worth the "savings".
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    At my DollarTree, they have the full gallon Awesome Bleach. I buy it by the case. It is dated within a week or so of when I buy it. I've tested it to be 5.5 to 6% Using the dilution method mentioned in other posts. The smaller one they sell tests between 3.5 and 4.5%
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    Re: LA's Totally Awesome Bleach

    Quote Originally Posted by pabeader View Post
    At my DollarTree, they have the full gallon Awesome Bleach. I buy it by the case. It is dated within a week or so of when I buy it. I've tested it to be 5.5 to 6% Using the dilution method mentioned in other posts. The smaller one they sell tests between 3.5 and 4.5%
    If it's 5.5%, that's a great deal, right? I calculate 0.142 (1.00/128/.055).
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