Soap in pool


New member
May 14, 2008
Fredericksburg, Va
I needed to raise my alkalinity and bought what I thought was arm and hammer baking soda. I needed 5 lbs so I dumped 5lbs in. I think what I got was some type of arm and hammer detergent because this morning I have a lot of soap suds on top of the pool. Any ideas for cleaning this mess up?

The Mermaid Queen

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TFP Expert
Mar 28, 2007
Northern KY
I cannot help you with the suds, but for future reference, Baking Soda is found in the grocery section, ORANGE box, usually with flour, sugar, and other baking supplies.

If you are ever looking for Washing soda, (I think to raise pH and TA together) that is on the laundry side, in an YELLOW box.

Arm & Hammer makes a Laundry detergent (which is what you undoubtedly bought) in an ORANGE box.

Someone will be along... this has happened before!! And in case I have not said it yet,

Welcome to TFP!


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May 7, 2007
Silver Spring, MD
The most important thing is to monitor and maintain your FC level. You will probably be needing extra chlorine for a day or two, which will help break down the soap. If it persists you can try an enzyme product to speed up the breakdown.