Salt Water Pool Systems vs. Chlorine Pools

Salt Water Pool Systems vs. Chlorine Pools
Salt Water Pool Systems vs. Chlorine Pools

There are so many opinions when it comes to salt water pool systems versus chlorine pool treatment. Most of the focus is on cost and maintenance. However, for me, it was the health benefits.

Chlorine is the chemical most often used to keep swimming pools and jacuzzi's free of bacteria that can be hazardous to humans.

Chlorine kills bacteria through a relatively simple chemical reaction. The chlorine solution you add to the pool water breaks down into many different chemicals, including hypochlorous acid(HOCl) and hypochlorite ion ( OCl-). Both kill microorganisms and bacteria by attacking the lipids in the cell walls and destroying the enzymes and structures inside the cell, rendering them oxidized and harmless. In the effort to kill bacteria using chlorine in pools, there are health concerns such as gasses that are inhaled and the damage it does to , hair and eyes. Most green parents are concerned about overexposure to high levels of chlorine absorbed through the .

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Many people don't know the human body has 0.15 percent chlorine by weight, but overexposure is toxic.

There is a slight misconception about salt water pools systems: they do have chlorine. When the salt is electronically zapped through electrolysis, it naturally turns the salt into chlorine. So, one might ask, why then the debate?

Chlorine you purchase to add to your pool is far more concentrated and is chemically produced through various methods. It is harsher than the chlorine produced by a salt water generator. Ever notice when swimming in a public pool the harsh chemical smell on your skin lingers on long after leaving the pool? That is due to higher levels of chlorine as well as other components from the chloramines that are produced. Chloramines aren't produced with a salt water pool system.

One of the great reasons I chose a salt water pool system for my pool is the salt generated chlorine is so much milder. The initial salt added to the pool was food grade salt (pickling salt) and therefore wasn't harsh on my child's eyes and skin. When swimming in the pool, one can barely detect any salt in the water at all, and you cannot detect any chlorine in the water by taste or smell. Our skin feels softer after swimming in our salt water pool. Swimming in an all chemically-produced chlorine pool, we come out smelling of chlorine, burning red eyes and skin irritation and having to shower to get the smell off.

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Our salt water pool system has one-tenth of the salt that the ocean has and yet the pool stays clean and clear. Depending on what system you have, you may still have to add other products for pH balancing. Because salt does not evaporate, you do not have to continuously add salt, unlike chlorine. The salt water generator continuously uses the salt in the pool and electrically turns it into chlorine. Cutting the cost to you and impact on the environment from packaging materials from buying chemically-produced chlorine.

Once the system was in place, there was a huge difference compared to the chlorine pools we have used, and it felt great. For me, I can say it was well worth the switch.

Another thing I always ask of friends and family when they come over to my pool is that they don't wear chemical sunscreen. It just doesn't make sense to introduce chemicals into the water of a chemical free pool. I am sure you would agree.

And one more tip. Make sure you use a hose that isn't made from toxic materials like the one from Clear Flow

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Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) is the Marketing Manager at She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.