Cleaning the Pool with Vodka: Should You Do It?

A popular online hack shows cleaning the pool with vodka. We've asked pool specialists what they think

Cleaning a pool with vodka: an excellent DIY hack or ineffective myth? As with so many online cleaning hacks, it can be difficult to know whether to give something a go or give it a hard pass in favor of more traditional cleaning methods. 

Everyone loves looking at backyard pool ideas, but cleaning the pool? Not so much. And yet it's essential in order to keep the pool safe for swimming. So, should you stock up on bottles of vodka to clean your pool? Here's what pool professionals think. 

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The short answer is (you may have guessed it): no. It's not the best idea to clean your pool with vodka. Michael Dean, Co-Founder at Pool Research, a site that provides expert advice on all things related to pools, spends a lot of time advising people on how to clean their pools. Here's what he had to say: 'I would never recommend my clients to clean their pools with vodka. It is unwarranted, and if done repeatedly, could actually contribute to a chemical imbalance of the water, leading to bigger issues further on.'

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Chemical imbalances in your swimming pool are not to be taken lightly, as they can actually make the water unsafe to swim in. Besides, there's another, simpler reason why vodka just isn't your best choice for pool cleaning, according to Michael: 'while it may look like a cool "hack", it isn't very cost-effective; simple, regular maintenance is a lot cheaper than the cost of several bottles of vodka.'

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