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    What to do with old chemicals?

    Now that I am using the BBB method, what can I do with all my old 3" tabs and granular di-chlor? Can I use the granular for laundry? Santizing my trash cans? Any suggestions kindly appreciated, I hate to waste all those chemicals (but am glad to not have to purchase in the future).


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    Re: What to do with old chemicals?

    Just save them in a temp controlled area. You can use the tabs for vacations if you want, the dichlor can be used to boost CYA in the future, if the time comes.
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    Re: What to do with old chemicals?

    How long will they retain their potency ? I foolishly purchased a ton of chemicals earlier in the year... I also have way too much Soda Ash, Algecide, etc... I am talking at least a hundred pounds of chlorine (in various forms) and about 75 lbs of Soda Ash.
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    Re: What to do with old chemicals?

    Then perhaps try to sell them on Ebay or Craigs list.

    Granular products have a good shelf life if store properly. I'm not 100% certain on how long though.
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    Re: What to do with old chemicals?

    I'd keep them. The tabs and shock should be good for at least a couple of years if kept sealed properly. The algaecide also has a long shelf life. I don't know about the soda ash, as I never need it, in my area.
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    Re: What to do with old chemicals?

    Definitely keep your pucks. They will come in handy. Our CYA dropped to about 15 after the heavy rains and winter and I'm taking advantage of just having a few pucks in the floater and checking my water each evening. So far, I've hardly had to add any bleach. I can go 3-4 days before having to add .5 - 1 qt of 6%. What a lazy summer...
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