Pool Care and Cleaning
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Can baking soda be used in a swimming pool to raise the pH level?

User Avatar
Wiki User
2011-09-12 15:14:04

Yes you can. It would be cheaper to go to the pool store and get

sodium bicarb (same


Sodium bicarb. works great.

Having a properly balanced pool is not difficult, but it does

take work.

I'm the pool operator at our local YMCA and keeping an 80,000

gallon pool balanced is pretty easy, once you all the elements in


and know what you're doing.

Chlorine 3.5-4.5, alkalinity 80-100, pH 7.6-7.8, not 7.2,

hardness 150-250, not up to 400.

You have to stay on top of it because the chlorine can go down

in a matter of hours if no one properly checks it.

Just be sure your getting the right info. The index most pool

operators use comes from public water systems, not from pools.

Also, be sure the public pool you attend follows the proper

procedures for pool closures and decontamination.

I know of a few that just scoop out what they can, check the

chlorine, and call it good.

Go to:


to learn everything about pH.

Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.