How to Use Vinegar for your Swimming Pool

In addition to being cheap, vinegar is a non-pollutant and harmless thus considered a multipurpose cleaner you can use for your swimming pool. Vinegar contains acetic acid which makes it a great disinfectant. It is also acidic in nature hence removes dirt, grease and mineral deposits. If used in the right amount, its acidic nature also plays a role in lowering the pH of pool water. Additionally, vinegar kills bacteria and removes calcium deposits on the pool tiles.

The advantage of vinegar over chlorine is that vinegar does not have negative side effects because it does not bleach surfaces and is also natural.

There are different types of vinegar;

  • white distilled vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar vs Distilled White vinegar for pool
White Vinegar and ACV

Among the different types of vinegar, white distilled vinegar is the best because it doesn’t stain surfaces since it does not have a coloring agent. Its acidity level is almost the same as that of other multi-purpose cleaning agents. However, the white vinegar is stronger(acidity) and has an unpleasant smell.

An alternative is pure apple cider vinegar. It has the same properties as white distilled vinegar but it comes with a sweet scent and is slightly weaker. You might need to dilute it in water before using it since it is darker.

Pure Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar

How to use Vinegar to Clean Pool Tiles

Pool tiles are bound to get dirt or tough stains which can be hard to get rid of at times. Keeping the pool tiles clean at all times is important for the safety of the swimmers and there are various methods that you can use to clean them.

Pool tiles are bound to get dirt or tough stains which can be hard to get rid of at times. Keeping the pool tiles clean at all times is important for the safety of the swimmers and there are various methods that you can use to clean them.


Cleaning White Vinegar
Calyptus Concentrated Vinegar


  1. Mix the water with the vinegar to make a solution. The solution should be made up of 50/50 of vinegar and water.
  3. Pour little solution on a tile a scrub it using the pool brush.
  4. Repeat this for all the tiles in the pool.

Removing Mineral Deposits from the Pool with vinegar

Vinegar can be used to remove calcium deposits from the pool. Calcium deposits in the pool are a major issue that many swimming pool owners have to deal with. They are a result of high alkalinity or increased pH level which separates calcium carbonate from the water making it form a scaly substance on the tiles.

 Using hard water in the pool and also a rise in temperature can also lead to calcium buildup. A solution of vinegar and water can be used to remove the calcium deposits. You will need to put the solution in a spray bottle so you can sprinkle it on the tiles then scrub the deposits off using a soft brush.

White Vinegar has been used to serve as a solution to pools, not as a pool water cleaning agent but rather to clean the calcium residue usually left at the waterline. In many cases, it might not be noticeable, but most of the chemicals used to clean the poor water leave some chalky and white grunge at the bottom or waterline of the pool.

 Most of it is attributed to calcium buildup. Even though it does not usually damage the water or the pool surfaces, aesthetically, it does not look good, and this explains why you should do all you can to ensure that such grunge is removed.

 In such a case, white Vinegar becomes very important since it will remove the calcium build-up without leaving any chalky or residue-like substance.

Vinegar for Pool Filter

You can use vinegar to clean your pool filter. Below are the steps to follow

  1.  Mix equal amounts of water and vinegar
  2. Soak the filter in the solution
  3. Let the filter soak for a minimum of 3 hours. If it has been a while since you last washed it leave it soaked overnight
  4. Rinse it with clean water

Vinegar for Shinning up Pool Metal Surfaces

The other benefit of using Vinegar to clean the pool is that it comes to shinning up metal surfaces. The fact that not a huge volume of it is needed is another thing that is regarded as being great.

With just a single dip of diluted Vinegar on a sponge when used to clean the metal surfaces, there is a guarantee that such a place will sparkle. This is a huge advantage when compared to the other pool cleaning agents since some may even corrode the metal surfaces around the pool, thereby destroying the look and feel of the pool from when an aesthetic point of view.

Vinegar to get rid of Green Pool

If the pool’s situation has gotten out of hand and the water has already turned green, there is a huge possibility that the green condition is subject to the existence of some metals such as copper in the pool water.

So, a small volume of Vinegar will be key in cleaning the water and getting rid of the green color from the metals as indicated.

 The only precaution to this is that the volume of vinegar used should be strictly checked. The sugar in the Vinegar will be broken down and become food for already existing microbes that may be already in the pool.

There will be a multiplier effect of the microbes, and the situation will go out of hand, hence why people should strictly use very small volumes of Vinegar in the pool.

Unlike chlorine, vinegar is non-toxic and can be used to get rid of algae in pools. It also destroys mold, weeds and other microorganisms.

White Vinegar for Tough Stains

For tough stains undiluted vinegar works better. Some DIY enthusiasts also recommend that you heat the white vinegar using a microwave or stove to increase its stain removal power.

Stove-heated white Vinegar softens some of the toughest stains, thereby making it easy for them to be cleaned away

Apply the vinegar on stains and let it stay for about 10 to 30 minutes. It helps soften any chemical deposits that may be on the stains before going hard on them with a scrubber.

Even though some will look at the demerits of Vinegar in pool cleaning, there is also a need to appreciate the fact that it can do a great job, more so when used in the right proportions.

Vinegar to Remove Chlorine in Hair

Another use of vinegar that is linked to pools is using it to remove the chlorine that remains in your hair after a swimming session.

Simply add one part vinegar to four parts water and pour it over freshly washed hair. Then, do a final rinse.

Can Vinegar be used to Lower of Raise PH or Alkalinity of Pool?

Vinegar contains some acid that can lower pool water PH levels but is not is the most effective and economical way to control your pool’s PH. You will need a lot of vinegar to get the job done.

Another downside of vinegar in large amounts is that you may end up with an unknown residual side effect due to impurities and sugars in the vinegar. As mentioned earlier, the sugar would become food for any microbes that may be present.

If you want to control your pool’s PH or alkalinity levels, simply use the right pool chemicals Most common chemicals that lower the PH include muriatic acid, sodium bisulfate, or sulfuric acid.

On the other hand, chemicals such as sodium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) effectively raise the pH 

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