Alternatives to pool chemicals
By Erin Palmer
Airway irritation, wheezing, sore throat, coughing, chest tightness, eye irritation, hair discoloration and brittleness, skin irritation and faded bathing suits. Swimming has always been a summertime favorite, however, the side effects of spending too much time in harsh chemicals like Chlorine complicate an otherwise fun seasonal experience. Chlorine alternatives are available, but generations have effectively relied on Chlorine and it still dominates the market on pool treatment. It has been accepted as an unfortunate necessity that goes with pool ownership that must be tolerated, but it does not have to be. There must be something better on the market that allows families to enjoy crystal clear water without swimming through chemical-filled water.
Saltwater pool systems are an alternative growing in popularity, but the idea of salty pool water is not always the most attractive option to pool owners. In truth, saltwater pools only have approximately 1/10 the salinity of seawater. Chlorine alternative may not be an accurate title for this method due to the fact that saltwater pools are not actually Chlorine free. On the contrary, through a process called electrolysis, where the saltwater is forced through a high-power cell, the saltwater systems produce their own Chlorine.
The saltwater systems are easier on the eyes and skin, require less maintenance and are safer than Chlorine, but they still may not be the best alternative to Chlorine. The saltwater system has an expensive set up price tag, the system is more complex and issues may require an experienced technician to fix and it is potentially damaging to pool accessories. In summary, saltwater pool systems are a consideration for this market, but for the fact that it produces its own Chlorine, if a pool owner makes the expensive switch for the sole purpose of avoiding the Chlorine, the efforts were all in vain.
Pool owners that have done some research on Chlorine alternatives most likely have come across Bromine. Bromine and Chlorine are both parts of the Halogen family. This method is attractive to pool owners because the byproduct produced from the chemical reaction is less likely to become airborne to be inhaled by swimmers and does not give off that chemical smell in the pool area like Chlorine does. Additionally, Bromine pools do not have to be shocked quite like the chlorinated system counterparts.
That being said, Bromine has some shortcomings as well. Though Bromine is a better sterilizer than Chlorine, it falls short of Chlorine as an oxidizer, which is the main purpose for the Hologens in the pool water. Pool owners should also note that Bromine is not the best choice for outdoor pools, as Bromine is vulnerable to dilapidation from the UV rays of the sun. Bromine is better suited for indoor hot tubs and spas than it is for the outdoor pool.
Crystal clear water with little to no chemical use, could that be possible? Surprisingly, pool owners, retailers and builders are not as aware of ozone generators for the pool or their knowledge of the system is limited. Ozone (O3) is a form of oxygen (O2). The Ozone molecule consists of three oxygen atoms. Ozone naturally gets rid of chemical and biological pollutants and reverts to oxygen within 30 minutes of ozonation.
Shelly A. from Cowarts, Alabama purchased an ozone generator for her pool after doing some research and wrote, “We purchased the (ozone) generator and have had the clearest pool ever. Even with all the rain and humidity this summer what little algae we did get just vacuumed up no problem. We just recommended this to a friend and they ordered one for their pool.” Another ozone user in Indiana also took the time to write about his experience with ozone, “…I'm running no chlorine at all and the water is staying perfect and is clearer than I've ever seen it.”
Ozone’s oxidizing power is twice as powerful as Chlorine and reduces chemical use by up to 95%. The filtration capabilities of your pool system will improve and water consumption decreases. Pool owners with ozone generator systems enjoy smooth skin, no discoloration of or brittle hair, no fading swimwear and no more red, irritated eyes. Ozone generators from the right company are affordable and pool owners save on the chemical costs associated with other pool oxidation methods.
There are various methods for pool owners to consider when deciding on the method of cleaning his or her pool water. Just because Chlorine has been used for generation after generation does not mean that pool owners must continue to suffer the side effects of the chemical use. Pool owners should consider his or her options carefully and do some research on the methods that seem most attractive. Pools and Chlorine used to go hand in hand without question. When a person buys a pool, the Chlorine is assumed to be purchased next. There is something better on the market that allows families to enjoy crystal clear water without swimming through chemical-filled water. Pool owners should explore the revolution and stop depending so much on chemicals simply because it has been the industry standard.
With summer fast approaching, my sister Janet took last week off and cleaned her house from floor to ceiling. She scrubbed walls. She wiped down cupboards and cleaned garbage pails inside and out. Finally, she bleached the tiles and grout. I don’t fault her for spring cleaning. But she didn’t do it with ozonated water. And, she didn’t freshen/sanitize the air for pesky hidden pathogens.
It starts with our MP-1000
Janet could have started out by sanitizing the air with the MP-1000 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator. To set this up, she would simply remove all houseplants, people, and pets from the home. Then, she would cover valuables with a sheet or remove from the home.
She could use several different methods to ozonate a room
She could put the unit in the middle of the room and turn the machine on; alternatively, she would have more control over the settings if she set the ozone generator outside of the door and placed the tubing under the door to ozonate. With this method, it is important to put down some plastic underneath the opening of the tubing to protect any carpeting/flooring from damage. Also note to block the airways under the door so that the ozone does not leak out of the room.
Or, get the whole house at once
Another method she could do to the whole house would be to place the ozone generator near the intake duct of her air conditioning unit. Then, put on the fan of her unit (not her air conditioning or heating) and allow the ozone to flow throughout her home. This method will rid her vents of any odors, as well. She can set the timer for up to four hours.
For Any Method, Leave the Home and Take Your Pets/Plants/Valuables With Her!
She would leave the home—ozone at this level is toxic to living beings. After the four hours of ozonating time, Janet would wait about three or four hours to return, allowing the ozone to return back to regular oxygen. She could repeat this process if necessary. When completed, her home would have been be truly sanitized. The fresh, clean smell would have made it apparent!
Times to leave MP 1000 in room to sanitize air*:
Degree of Contamination
Amount of Time to Ozonate
100 Sq. Ft.
200 Sq Ft.
300 Sq Ft.
400 Sq Ft.
4 hours and repeat
*Note, these times will vary for different unit types. These estimated times are for the MP-1000 only. With any room size, the ozonating can take longer if the room is highly contaminated. With this case, a repeat on 4 hours is ideal. Allow the ozone generator to sit for 30 minutes before running again. For a more effective cleaning of mold and mildew, a stronger machine is needed.
As you can see from the above chart, the degree of contamination also determines how long she would need to ozonate a room. Note, for high contamination, such as a room damaged by smoke from a fire, it takes a more powerful unit, like the MP 8000 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator. Alternatively, the A7K Air Ozone Generator would work if she only wanted to ozonate the air in her room. It will not hurt to ozonate a smaller room at a longer time. Janet would have decided to be on the safe side and ozonated for four hours. When she came four hours later, she would have been impressed with the way the home smelled.
Washing floor to ceiling with ozonated water
While ozonating air is important, it does not remove solid waste on surfaces. So, the very next day, Janet could have begun her cleaning spree. After having sanitized the air in the home, Janet could have used the MP 1000 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator to ozonate some water and use it for cleaning. Everything she cleaned this week would have been sanitized even better than using those leading brands of cleaners that contain harsh chemicals and leave a film behind—by just using plain, ozonated water!
Begin with ozonating water for washing
She would have begun her day by getting a clean, large bowl of water. Then, Janet could have taken the MP 1000 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator and connected one side of the tubing to the unit, and the other side of the tubing to a diffuser stone. After getting the unit ready, she could have placed the stone into the water about four inches deep. It would have been important for her to keep the unit above the bowl so that water does not leak back into the ozone generator. After turning on the unit, a gallon bowl of water set at 100 would take about 20 minutes to ozonate. While waiting, she could have had breakfast, started some laundry and drank her morning coffee. When finished, she would simply transfer the bowl of water into a gallon bucket for cleaning.
Wipe down surfaces
Then, she could have wiped down surfaces as if she were using a disinfectant she bought at the store; she could have washed her walls and floors, wiped down cupboards, and cleaned garbage pails with ozonated water. This would have disinfected surfaces in her home and left everything sparkling clean.
The benefits of Spring Cleaning with Ozone
If everything in Janet’s home had been truly disinfected, she would experience fewer bouts of allergy symptoms. Her pets would, too. Odors from smoke, stale kitchen grease and burnt spice would have been zapped. And those glorious pet smells -- she loves her pets but not the odors--they would be gone, too.
You can clean with the MP 1000 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator also!
Every good spring cleaning deserves a breath of ozone-generated clean. Buy your MP 1000 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator today!
Need some reasons to switch your pool or spa to ozonated water? We have a few.
Experience clean, clear water in your pool or spa.
Ahh, the feeling of swimming in clean, ozonated water cannot compare to swimming in chlorine. It’s the closest thing to a pool of water in nature you can find. Nature! A natural solution to chlorine awaits you!
You reduce the use of chlorine or bromine in your pool or spa by 90% - 95%.
Now most people are trying to reduce their dependence on chemicals for daily consumption, whether it is in household cleaning or our yards. We want to keep chemicals off our bodies as well. Now you can reduce chemicals in your pool and spa by 90% - 95%.
Excessive chlorine is known to dry out your skin and hair.
Ozonated water keeps your skin feeling smooth and does not dry out your hair. In fact, many people use ozonated water in the bath to treat their hair and skin for this reason.
Be rid of itchy eyes.
We have all opened our eyes by accident in a chlorinated pool, only to feel a smart stinging sensation. This feeling can only be stopped by staying out of chlorinated water!
Rid your lounging area of the strong smell of chlorine.
Sitting around the pool is a fun pastime for many people. While drinking your favorite iced tea or homemade lemonade, do you really want to be smelling the chlorine coming out of the pool, or do you want to smell the freshness of ozonated water? Or, say, you are sitting in your spa drinking your favorite beverage. Really, do you want to smell the chlorine? Probably not, even though you may be used to it.
Our customers say it best: “What an amazing difference this ozone generator has made in our spa. The water is always crystal clear and feels super clean. No odor, no scum, no problems. It was easy to install and comes on twice a day with pump. I highly recommend this product.” Submitted to our website by our customer, C. A.
A2Z Ozone has ozone generators to meet your needs. Please take a look at our reasonably priced ozone generators for the spa and pool today!
Refresh and rejuvenate with a drink of ozonated water!
Just think about a nice, cool glass of water. We can expect to need refreshing more often during the hot and active summer days. A little boost of energy helps, too. We get a lot of feedback from our customers, and many like to drink ozonated water for the energy and cleansing benefits. We have compiled some of their recommendations here.
Summer is here!
Summertime. Time to make lemonade, right? We have another suggestion for you. Skip the high sugar energy. It ends up giving you a sick feeling. Instead, try ozonated water. Our customer, Tamsin Murray says on our website: “…I find it very effective in cleansing and improving my energy. Seems to help a lot with circulation and cleaning the system. I use two cups per day…”
How do you ozonate for drinking water?
Most of our customers use the Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator to create their drinking water. Remember to follow the directions for using the Aqua-6. These directions include keeping the unit above the glass so that water does not enter back into the machine. Also, the diffuser stone can be no lower than four inches into the ozonizing glass. Take these precautions and your machine will run effectively and for a longer period of time.
Start out with clean, filtered water.
Use a large glass and ozonate for 5 minutes
Drink right away, as ozone will revert back to pure water quickly, especially with the heat of summertime.
After the initial morning glass, try drinking one glass every 2 hours ozonated at 2 minutes each.
What does drinking ozonated water do for me?
There are a few things the ozone does for drinking water. It kills all pathogens in the water. No more worrying about whether your water is pure of these harmful bugs. It rids water of poor tasting chemicals, including chlorine, pesticides, and herbicides.
Ozone generates an unstable molecule of three oxygen atoms instead of the two found in regular oxygen. The unstable molecule breaks down quickly while the extra oxygen atom attaches itself to any contaminants in the water. When it infuses the ozone into the water, the third oxygen atom may very well be the source of the extra boost of energy our customers experience with the ozone. Some customers exclaim that the higher energy content helps them lose weight and acquire a more active lifestyle.
Customers also claim that ozonated water also cleans breath and whitens teeth. Barbara C. commented in April of 2015, “…It was originally recommended by my dentist and hygienist. My teeth and gums are also happy…”
Ozone helps with water purification in special circumstances
Another customer, Becky L, says “…I have used it to purify drinking water after filtering. We haul our water and if it sits too long algae forms This [Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator] helps to purify it. I have used other methods, but this does a gallon at a time and no chemicals.”
Does A2Z Ozone recommend Ozone for vibrant health?
The Food and Drug Administration, the American Cancer Society, and other major medical professional organizations have not endorsed the use of ozone therapies in the treatment of diseases, so we at A2Z Ozone cannot make any medical claims or promises. However, our Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator practically sells itself by word of mouth among people trying to improve their overall health. By phone, our customers sing the praises of drinking ozonated water--from improved skin condition and eyes--to increased energy.
So, if you want to try ozone for your drinking water, our reasonably priced Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator is a good place to start. Buy one today! http://www.a2zozone.com/collections/all-products/products/aqua6
With uncomplicated set-up and ease of use, there’s no simpler way for you to break into using ozone than purchasing an Aqua 6. It reaches every level of your home, as your new ozone generator is lightweight and portable. Or, you can keep your kitchen tidy and mount your Aqua 6 to the wall. Versatile in every way, multiple settings for our timer allow you to tackle any type of job you throw at the Aqua 6. It comes ready to use, and there is no need to purchase additional accessories. The Aqua 6 withstands the test of time, as it has been our best seller for over 10 years. And the Aqua 6 is strong and reliable if used as intended.
A quick run-down of the features of the Aqua 6 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator:
- Multi-function ozone generator that treats air and water
- Unit is lightweight and portable
- Wall mountable
- Best seller for over 10 years
- Function timer with 15 settings for different applications
- Ships with 2 36” polyurethane tubes, one fine white diffuser stone, and one course grey diffuser stone
- Ships with spare fuse
- Economically priced
- 30 day money back guarantee
- One year full parts and service warranty
Try your new ozone generator with peace of mind. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee and cover a full year parts and service warranty. You only pay for shipping to us; we ship back to you free of charge. From beauty benefits, to cleaning, to water purification, our low-priced solution has you covered, A to Z!