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Thread: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

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    Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    Yep, I made the same newbie mistake others have made and accidentally added Arm & Hammer laundry detergent instead of Baking Soda. I have read a couple other threads about this issue, but still have a few questions.

    After the initial jump in PH, I have all the numbers in line.

    The cold weather has caused the foam to rise to the top and freeze during the night. I have been scooping it off the last 3 mornings and it is noticeably less each day.

    Here's my question. Is there any reason I would need to refill the pool if my numbers are good and eventually there are no more suds? Will there be any left over residuals that I would need to worry about?

    I am going to go ahead and shock the pool. I saw that recommended on another site for this situation.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    Welcome to TFP!

    You're doing great and I think you won't have any residual problems from the mistake. Just keep removing the foam layer and as you point out shocking will speed up the breakdown of what is leftover, though it will go faster once the water warms up (all chemical reactions are sped up at higher temperatures). I'd probably just do the scooping now, but wait to shock until spring; otherwise, with the cold water temperatures, you'll be at high chlorine levels for quite some time. In the spring with sunlight, it won't take long to get the chlorine lower after the shock process.

    The detergent chemicals are annoying due to the foam, but they won't harm your pool in such relatively small quantities.

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    Re: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    Thanks Richard.

    I'll wait on the shock. I live in Coastal NC so the temps won't be cold for very long.
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    Re: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    Welcome to TFP!!

    The day that you can't trust Richard's advice is the day that all known laws of physics become obsolete

    Suds aren't a huge deal and can wait to be addressed
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    Re: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    I wanted to update this because when I searched I found very little info on this situation. I'm sure it will happen to someone again in the future.

    I now have no suds. All levels are in line and everything looks great. Maybe instead of recommending the pool be drained as other threads I found recommended, we should just recommend a good shock and give it some time to clear up on it's own. Mine seems to have done just that with no draining. It took about 2 weeks to clear up. I think I put about 8 lbs of the detergent into 18,000 gallons.
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    Re: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    Quote Originally Posted by mit43
    Maybe instead of recommending the pool be drained as other threads I found recommended, we should just recommend a good shock and give it some time to clear up on it's own
    Where did you see a recommendation to drain the pool? We never recommend that for something as minor as detergent in the pool.
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    Re: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    Hey, mit43,

    Maybe instead of recommending the pool be drained as other threads I found recommended,
    Was that recommended on this site? That would be one way to do it but I think most on this site would opt for simply following the path you took.
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    Re: Turned my pool into a clothes washer...

    Sorry, should have been more clear about that. The recommendation to drain must have been from other sites.
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