About a month ago I decided to go ahead and salt my non-saltwater pool. I have a daughter with curly hair and I thought the softened water would be easier on it plus there are some lovely Irish complected ladies in my home and our skin is pretty sensitive. I thought I would review the process in case anyone else is thinking of it.
Let me preface by saying I have been (thanks to all of y'all) running a happy pretty pool for 2 swim seasons now. I have NO complaints about my water, but thought the softening might make it a little better for my crowd. I bought about $20 worth of water softner pellets (if you do it, be sure to get the kind that are only salt - some have other stuff in them). I poured them in the pool, inserted family, and we played for about an hour while they dissolved. I was happy with the results, but it didn't really hit me until today how happy I am.
I had family from out of town in yesterday and it was far later than it should have been when I got out of the pool last night. I ALWAYS shower/bathe before going to bed, but I was just too whooped to care last night. When the alarm went off at 5:15am so that I could take my daughter to volleyball practice, I threw down coffee and threw on clothes and took her, intending to shower the instant I got back. I got back to the house and decided to clean the backyard from last night's festivities before I showered. Then I decided since I had the trash can out, to clean the trash out of my truck, etc etc (you get the idea). It is now 10:30 am and I just realized that my skin is so amazingly soft. I pulled my hair down out of the messy pony tail it was in, and I could actually just fix it without taking a shower - it feels amazing!
I give the salting a big huge thumbs up. If I ever have to drain the pool for some reason, I will most certainly salt it again. Thanks for those of you who have posted about this in the past. I never would have done it without the reviews here.