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For all the fun it provides, a backyard pool takes a lot of work to maintain. But I have a few unusual tricks that should help you keep your little piece of paradise in top shape.
Baking Soda Solution
Want an inexpensive way to control the pH level in your pool? Try baking soda
. Regular baking soda that you can buy in the grocery store is exactly what is in an alkalinity Increaser that you can get at the pool store. One pound of baking soda equals one pound of the increaser -- at a much lower price!
Patio Furniture Trick
If you're expecting a big storm, gently lower your white resin patio furniture into the pool. Not only will it keep the chairs from blowing away; the chlorine in the water will brighten the white chairs and make them look like new. Double-duty solution!
Inevitably, people in the pool can leave residue in the water. From hair products to lotions that icky stuff will rinse off of people into your pool. Toss a tennis ball into the water
and let it float there all of the time. Believe it or not the ball will help absorb excess body oils and leave you with a cleaner pool.
Stockings as Skimmer
If your pool skimmer gets a hole in it, slip the leg of an old pair of stockings over the frame and tie it off. Your easy makeshift skimmer will hold until you can get a new one. Or you may decide that you like it better because you can change the netting easily and inexpensively anytime! You could also bend a wire hanger into a diamond shape and stretch those nylons over the frame -- instant DIY pool skimmer!
Okay, this one's not a trick, but it is
a time-saver. Think about investing in a robotic pool vacuum
. It automatically cleans the whole pool while you take care of other chores. I just love hands off cleaning!!