Product called MelaBrite?

ctowsley1

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Jul 31, 2016
27
Highgate, VT
So, this isn’t my pool but a friend posted this as a sales pitch for a natural/ healthier alternative to chlorine. I’m curious about the ingredients and how this would effectively sanitize the pool, so I thought I’d run it by the chemistry whizzes here! The pool doesn’t look tfp clear! but I’m always fascinated by this stuff.
 

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ajw22

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All those ingredients should not go into pool water. Some of them you can only get rid of by draining the pool. Some of them will cause foaming and other effects.

Without chlorine none of those ingredients sanitize the water. That pool would not be safe to swim in.
 

Donldson

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Jun 12, 2009
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Not a single thing in this product that would sanitize a pool. There is no chemistry involved here, much like the Facebook posts about "This Grandmother in Ohio" throwing a Magic Eraser in her pool and it cleared overnight it's all just a laughable FB scam. Are those pictures actually her pool, or is she reposting in an attempt to make a sale?
 
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JoyfulNoise

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It’s a foreign-made laundry product - non-chlorine laundry “bleach”. Basically surfactants made out of palm oil (here’s a little secret - almost all surfactants used in household cleaning products are derived from natural/plant-based oils!) and, very likely, sodium perborate (similar to OxiClean which is percarbonate). Nothing in that list suffices as an EPA approved sanitizer. Could it “clear” up water, possibly (although those images look horrible). Will it stop disease transmission - absolutely not. I think I’d take my chances playing barefoot in a fire hydrant shower in East Harlem right next to a trash pile rather than a pool using that “method” of pool care....
 
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ctowsley1

Active member
Jul 31, 2016
27
Highgate, VT
These were also my thoughts! I knew it wasn’t good, but helpful to hear from the other experts here at tfp. I didn’t know if there was a sanitizing agent that I didn’t recognize. I recognized ingredients both acidic and alkaline to keep the ph balanced but that’s about it. Thanks all!