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    Baking Soda

    I have never bought baking soda before. Where do you usually find this? I have seen it in the pool section at walmart, but from what I have read it is a little more expensive than where the baking soda is normally located. Also when you add it, is that done through the skimmer like you do stablizer, or shoudl I dissolve it in water and pour in the pool?

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    Re: Baking Soda

    Hello mynew pool,

    At walmart you can find baking soda in the pool section or the baking goods section. Its the same stuff. Just be careful if you see it in the laundry soap aisle because these baking soda products are made for laundry and are listed as having fragrances etc. The cheapest of the baking sodas are usually on the baking goods aisle. As far as adding it to the pool, I usually broad cast the recommended amount in increments and then agitate it with the pool brush as the pumps are running in order to make sure the product is dissolved adequately.

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    Sam's Club or Costco are the best prices around here.
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    Re: Baking Soda

    I totally forgot about that JohnT

    I recently purchased a 13lb bag of baking soda from Sams for around 5 dollars. Its easy to find since it has a nice big picture of a pool on the front of the package
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    Re: Baking Soda

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Sam's Club or Costco are the best prices around here.
    I will have to check Sams Club next time I am there for bleach, since they have the best price on 3 pack of 182 oz clorox. Only 7.48 for a 3 pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris4150
    I totally forgot about that JohnT

    I recently purchased a 13lb bag of baking soda from Sams for around 5 dollars. Its easy to find since it has a nice big picture of a pool on the front of the package
    Is it the orange bag like the one at walmart?
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    Re: Baking Soda

    That would be it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orthofish
    That would be it.

    Yep
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    Re: Baking Soda

    Do you add this through the skimmer or in the pool? I assume in the skimmer as most products like it aka borax is added through the skimmer or that is where I added it once.
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    Re: Baking Soda

    Adding baking soda through the skimmer is fine. Remove the skimmer sock, if you are using one, and add slowly enough that it doesn't pile up in the skimmer basket.
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    Re: Baking Soda

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Adding baking soda through the skimmer is fine. Remove the skimmer sock, if you are using one, and add slowly enough that it doesn't pile up in the skimmer basket.
    Yes, do add slowly. I got a good scare once, when I had the over-sized one speed pump, with main drain restricted down, and poured it in so fast it formed a temporary plug in the line.

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    Re: Baking Soda

    Honestly, baking soda dissolves so readily, I'm not sure why one wouldn't simply broadcast over the pool.
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    Re: Baking Soda

    Quote Originally Posted by no-mas
    Honestly, baking soda dissolves so readily, I'm not sure why one wouldn't simply broadcast over the pool.
    The only reason I can think of it that a lot goes into the air.

    I only added it through the skimmer once. I had a similar experience, with temporary pipe blockage, putting borax in the skimmer.

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    Re: Baking Soda

    Baking soda can be added almost any way you can imagine. However, I don't like to recommend distributing it across the surface of the water because then people start doing that with other chemicals where it isn't such a good idea.
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