2016 bleach prices

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camueller

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May 11, 2016
492
Troy IL
I'm starting to not have any luck with finding any Wal Mart Chlorinating liquid anymore - and as mentioned they raised the price too. What I am now finding is all old stuff (16-070) and I've elected to go back to Equate brand 8.25% Bummer...
Equate? Do you mean Great Value? I just put my last 2 gallons of 10% with date codes of 166 in my stenner storage tank. I'm planning on buying the great value bleach at I think $3 a gallon, give or take a few cents. Either that or a 3 pack of clorox at Sam's for $9. I'll be interested to see if they even have any of the pool chlorine left though. With any luck, sales dried up when they upped the price, and they got the hint.
 

tcat

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May 30, 2012
822
Austin, TX
I'm buying at Target at 5% Redcard and 5% Cartwheel discount ($3.02 minutes 10%), cheapest stuff in Austin these days. 100+ degrees every day the chlorine seems to be getting eaten up faster! And the pool used a lot more! I only keep 3 gallons in my stenner tank, since it degrades pretty fast outdoors.

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laprjns

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Aug 14, 2012
365
Ellington, CT
I've been buying liquid "shock" from Ocean State Job Lot. It's 12.5%, a case of four gallons for $11.99. Hasn't seemed "old" as it brings my FC levels up just fine per Pool Math.
Vito, OSJL have very high turnover of their chlorine product so it usually fresh, I bought 12 gallons yesterday (Friday day 225 of 2016) at the Enfield CT store and it was date code as day 224, which means that it was one day old when I bought it..
 

TillerKane

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Sep 6, 2014
9
Keller
I am frustrated with the price of bleach in DFW. Best I can get is .30 an ounce for reliable date, good storage practices and strength. FYI, I am using the chlorine price per ounce calculator to get the price per ounce. I am in Keller and have searched all local stores and the "deal" was the Wal-Mart $2.50 gallon for 10% but now that the price has increased its not the deal it was. There is a local pool store selling 12.5% in refillable jugs but i noticed they only keep a few 4 gallon totes inside. The remainder stored outside...in the blistering heat. Anyone in DFW...is there a better deal than .30 an ounce?
 

tcat

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May 30, 2012
822
Austin, TX
I am frustrated with the price of bleach in DFW. Best I can get is .30 an ounce for reliable date, good storage practices and strength. FYI, I am using the chlorine price per ounce calculator to get the price per ounce. I am in Keller and have searched all local stores and the "deal" was the Wal-Mart $2.50 gallon for 10% but now that the price has increased its not the deal it was. There is a local pool store selling 12.5% in refillable jugs but i noticed they only keep a few 4 gallon totes inside. The remainder stored outside...in the blistering heat. Anyone in DFW...is there a better deal than .30 an ounce?
Target with Cartwheel and Redcard = 27 cents

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flygirl516

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May 31, 2016
66
Toms River, NJ
My Wal Mart hasn't had liquid chlorine 2 out of the last 3 times I went. Do they normally stop stocking in August? Should I be prepared to look somewhere else? I bought Walmart brand 8.25% because I'm in the middle of a SLAM so I didn't have the luxury of time to research places and prices.
 

joshua5438

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Mar 15, 2016
420
Easley, SC
My walmart seems to have stopped stocking also. They are the only local place that I have found selling it. Three pool stores in town do not carry liquid and push tablets on you if you ask. I will probably buy in bulk next year from a local chemical supply.... once I get my stenner going.

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flygirl516

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May 31, 2016
66
Toms River, NJ
This is my first year with a pool, but now I know for next year to REALLY stock up when it's $2.50/bottle for 10% at Walmart. There must be a lot of TFPers in central jersey, because I can't find decent bleach anywhere!
 

camueller

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May 11, 2016
492
Troy IL
I seriously doubt the walmart thing is seasonal. Sales probably just fell off and it wasn't worth it to them to continue stocking it at 2.50 a gallon.

I am not all that worried. I'm just using 8.25% household bleach (great value, or clorox, both of which I can get at $3/bottle) and it degrades slower than the 10% out in the heat where my stenner storage tank is located.
 

tcat

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May 30, 2012
822
Austin, TX
Curious if there's a way to test exact % you really get. I've been looking at Msds sheets on Clorox and other off brands of 8.25%. They all say contains "5-10%" or "6-9%". I guess that's too cover their ***** on shelf life deterioration. But makes me wonder...

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phenol red

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May 24, 2016
22
Twin Cities, MN
The easiest way to test is in your pool! Enter 8.25% in poolmath with your current and desired FC level. Say you add enough bleach to theoretically go from 2 to 5 ppm FC. After the addition has been allowed to mix, retest the FC and see how close it got. If it's at 5 ppm, the bleach is right on. If it's at 4.5 ppm, the actual percent is around (4.5-2)/(5-2)*(8.25) = around 7 ppm.
 

Cinic

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Jul 24, 2015
194
Tempe, AZ
I thought I read somewhere here that the household bleach is actually produced stronger than 8.25% so that it maintains at least that strength for some period of shelf life.
 

RoaringRam

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Jul 6, 2016
23
Mebane/NC
Here in central NC I think the Walmart 10% price of $2.50 is going away. I was able to pick up 15 gallons a few weeks ago but I caused chaos at checkout. Luckily for me, the price tag on the shelf showed $2.50 but the registers were ringing up at $3.68. They honored the $2.50 price.

I did pick up some 8.25% bleach at Aldi for $1.39 (64 Ounces). Comes out to .21/ounce which is the lowest I've seen it.
 

tcat

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May 30, 2012
822
Austin, TX
Here in central NC I think the Walmart 10% price of $2.50 is going away. I was able to pick up 15 gallons a few weeks ago but I caused chaos at checkout. Luckily for me, the price tag on the shelf showed $2.50 but the registers were ringing up at $3.68. They honored the $2.50 price.

I did pick up some 8.25% bleach at Aldi for $1.39 (64 Ounces). Comes out to .21/ounce which is the lowest I've seen it.
I get .263 for that 8.25% per calculator here:
Chlorine Price Per Ounce Calculator


I see a $2.45 ad at Dollar General for their DG Home brand. Anyone know if it's 8.25%?

Just picked up 6 at Target for $2.72, date 202.

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glo76

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Jun 3, 2015
90
Missouri City, TX
Was at my local Walmart yesterday - they've been at $3.64 for the 10%/1 gal for at least the last 2 months, and yesterday it looked they had completely de-stocked the 10% chlorinating liquid. End cap where it normally sits was empty and there was none to be found elsewhere. They must figure it's the end of summer already....anyway back to regular 8.25% for me.
 

cajunhog

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Aug 14, 2015
8
Lafayette
Was at my local Walmart yesterday - they've been at $3.64 for the 10%/1 gal for at least the last 2 months, and yesterday it looked they had completely de-stocked the 10% chlorinating liquid. End cap where it normally sits was empty and there was none to be found elsewhere. They must figure it's the end of summer already....anyway back to regular 8.25% for me.
Same here. As old as the liquid chlorine (newest I've been able to find is day 182 julian date , is at Walmart and being able to find 8.5% GV concentrated bleach that is only 7-10 days old by Julian date . I feel I'm splitting hairs on which one is actually more concentrated with chlorine. So I am getting the GV bleach at $2.94 minus 10% - so actually about $2.65 before taxes.


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joshua5438

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Mar 15, 2016
420
Easley, SC
Anyone know anything about SE Grocers Essentials Bleach? Local Bilo has it for $1 gallon for the next week. Any idea what % it is?

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Catfish Jimmy

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Jul 30, 2016
46
East TN
Same here. As old as the liquid chlorine (newest I've been able to find is day 182 julian date , is at Walmart and being able to find 8.5% GV concentrated bleach that is only 7-10 days old by Julian date . I feel I'm splitting hairs on which one is actually more concentrated with chlorine. So I am getting the GV bleach at $2.94 minus 10% - so actually about $2.65 before taxes.


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How are you getting an extra 10% off at Walmart?
 

welbo

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Apr 14, 2016
81
College Station, TX
Same at our Wal-marts. All pool supplies have been replaced with college student supplies. The Great Value 8.25% was $2.96/121oz. There is a $1/64oz "Top Choice" but it doesn't have a concentration and I couldn't find anything about it online. I bought a couple jugs. I'm going to try them in the pool and see what effect they have. If it is close to 8.25%, it will be great. That'll be my daily add, almost exactly.
 
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