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This is a hot tub question....I get 50 lb bags of sodium bicarbonate which as I understand is basically baking soda from the company who supplies my water treatment systems for my well. The material is in a white powder form. In this case, the sodium bicarbonate gets injected into my water supply at a very specific rate with the intention of increasing the PH of my water supply in my house. On the other hand, I have a hot tub and when I fill the hot-tub, the PH level is still a bit low for hot-tub standards so I go to the hot-tub store and buy their version of a product called "PH-UP" for some ridiculous price. ON this container, the ingredients are stated as 95% sodium bicarbonate and 5%-Other ingredients. I am trying to figure out if I can use the baking soda from my well supplier in the hot-tub. I am sure if I go to the hot tub store, they will say I need their expensive little container of material so I doubt I'd get an honest answer from these them.
Hi all: I am fairly new to the hot tub I have (I bought the house with the tub already here). It is a 500 gallon, and I use Chlorine. The first time I started up the tub, I struggled with PH and Alkalinity. The second time, I used "Leisure Time pH Balance Plus" when I first filled it. for my 500 gallon tub, I used a full 3lb bottle per the instructions. For that fill, I had perfect PH and Alkalinity for the entire time until I drained it. Now I am trying to recreate it without the $20-$30 expense. The MSDS says that there are only 2 ingredients, baking soda and boric acid. Does anyone know what amounts to combine them in to recreate the mixture? Thanks a lot, Joel Also - does anyone use anything homemade to clean the pipes before draining the tub, like 'Leisure Time Jet Clean'?