5 Hacks Every Pool Owner Needs to Know

Owning a pool makes your house the coolest in the neighborhood.

But maintaining your home pool can be exhausting. And sometimes, you may wonder if it is worth it.

Thankfully, there are some tips that can make maintaining your pool more enjoyable.

If you are a pool owner looking for helpful hacks, we’re here to help.

Read on to find out the five hacks every pool owner should know.

1. Collect Debris with Pantyhose

I know, it sounds like a crazy idea.

But if you are having trouble with leaves and small twigs getting into your filter, this is a great hack.

Just take an old pair of pantyhose and wrap them over your basket skimmer. This way you will collect debris that may have slipped through the basket.

If you prefer, you can also wrap your net with pantyhose and clean out your pool that way.

Who knew that an old pair of pantyhose could do so much?

2. Use Tennis Balls to Remove Oil

Nothing like swimming in a great big pool of… oil?

Yep, your pool is probably filled with oil. And that oil can clog up your filter and leave a nasty film on the top of your water.

Where does this oil come from? Well, our bodies naturally leave oils when we jump into a body of water.

But that oil can increase when we slather on oily sunscreens and tanning lotions.

A quick and cheap way to remove those excess oils is to use a couple of tennis balls.

Just drop a few tennis balls in your pool water and you’ll notice them picking up the excess oil in your pool.

As a pool owner, this is a helpful hack and it won’t break your budget.

3. Invest in Baking Soda

Baking soda fixes everything. Or so our grandmothers used to tell us.

But they were right. Baking soda is a tried and true hack for cleaning most things.

And it’s perfect for a pool owner because it has many uses for your pool.


If you are noticing that your pool tiles are becoming a bit dingy, have no fear.

You can create a paste with baking soda that will clean your tiles and won’t affect your water.

Just mix equal parts water and equal parts baking soda to create the paste. Use this paste to scrub the tiles (or anything else) in your pool.

Increase pH

If you are trying to keep your pH levels in check, there’s an easy and cheap way to do so.

Just add the baking soda to your water to keep the alkalinity levels high.

4. Use a Vacuum

You probably have a vacuum to remove debris from your pool. But did you know you could use it for other things?

Place your vacuum upside down in the middle of your above ground pool to quickly clear your pool’s water.

5. Boost your Sand Filter

Sand filters are great, but they often times don’t work as quickly to filter as a D.E. filter would.

So, if you want to boost the power of your sand filter, add a cup or so of D.E. powder in your skimmer basket.


Being a pool owner can be a rewarded experience. Especially on those hot, summer days.

But often times it can be difficult to keep up with the pool’s maintenance.

These hacks will help make your summer easier, and your pool cleaner.


Have you used any of these hacks? Are there any other tips you would add? Let us know in the comments.

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