10 Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Tips to Save You Money Long-Term

Keep your pool glistening with these simple hacks.

Few things are more disappointing than mentally prepping for a relaxing day at the pool—only to be met with murky water, metal stains, and calcium scale. Those are just a few of the problems you could encounter if you skip pool-cleaning day, which might mean some pricey replacements and repairs could be in your near future.

Fortunately, there are several hacks to avoid clogged filters, cracked pool tiles, warped liners, and other pool complications. These solutions might not even involve a trip to the store. If you have an old toothbrush, some baking soda, old tennis balls, lemon slices, and an old window screen, you're already ahead of the game. Start taking notes, because you're about to save your future self hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in repairs.

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Use baking soda to scrub your pool's tiles (while also increasing alkalinity and pH levels).

An old toothbrush and some baking soda can work wonders on your pool's tiles. Finn Cardiff, the founder of Beachgoer, suggests scrubbing your tiles (and other miscellaneous spots, like lights and ladder fittings) one to two times a week to avoid algae growth.

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Throw in old tennis balls to absorb oil.

Old tennis balls can be repurposed into tons of things—they can even double as dryer balls—so it comes as no surprise that they're great for your pool, too. The wool and nylon on the balls work to absorb any oils in the pool, which means all of that sunscreen and sebum from our skin won't be as much of a problem, Cardiff explains.

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Use vitamin C tablets (or lemon slices) to get rid of metal stains.

Every pool owner knows that metal stains are the worst. Fortunately, there's an easy solution—and it might even be in your kitchen. Cardiff suggests wrapping vitamin C tablets in cloth and using them to scrub those pesky stains off the corners of your pool. No tablets? No problem. Lemon slices work, too!

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No pool skimmer? Use an old window screen.

Yes, an old window screen can double as a pool skimmer. Plus, if you have a broomstick and a wire, you'll have an easy DIY skimmer with a handle, Cardiff says. After saving yourself money with your newly repurposed skimmer, reward yourself by shopping for one of these adorable pool accessories.

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Invest in a robotic pool cleaner.

According to Lindsey Maxwell, co-founder of Where You Make It, investing in a robotic pool cleaner will save you time, energy, and money maintaining your pool. Most robotic cleaners can climb the pool walls and clean the tiles themselves, which means you'll be spending less time scrubbing the pool and more time enjoying it.

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Run your pool pump twice a day.

We know it sounds tedious, but trust us on this. With more people working from home than ever, those with pools might be using them more often, which is why Cardiff recommends running the pump twice a day to keep your pool in tip-top shape.

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Filter fine debris and dirt by attaching old pantyhose to your skimmer.

Pool skimmers do a great job of collecting leaves and bugs, but what about finer debris, like hair and dirt? According to Cardiff, attaching an old pair of pantyhose (yes, really) to your skimmer will keep your pool crystal clear. Plus, if you keep up with the little things now, here's exactly how much value your pool will add to your house.

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Remove water scales with a sponge and vinegar solution.

If you don't have a decalcifying chemical handy, a sponge and vinegar solution will get the job done, according to Cardiff. Neglecting to keep up with the scales now means you'll be spending more money on replacing parts of your filter, pump, and heater in the long run, says Anna McCabe at All Safe Pool.

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Invest in an automatic pool cover.

Investing in an automatic pool cover is "the easiest way to prolong the quality of your pool by far," says Maxwell. Not only will you never have to worry about struggling to get the pool cover on again, but you'll be doing your wallet a favor. If the pool is covered when it's not being used, it'll accumulate less debris, keep sunlight out (so the chlorine doesn't become less effective), maintain a fairly consistent temperature, and help prevent algae growth. The best part? You'll be saving your future self money with each push of a button.

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Replace your pool water every 2-3 years.

Pools can't thrive off filters and chlorine tablets forever. Neglecting to replace your pool water every two to three years can result in algae and bacteria buildup and can even chip off some years of your pool's life, says Maxwell.

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