What Are the Best Alternatives to a Chlorine Pool?

Chlorine is a super effective way to sanitize your pool and spa water. However, it can be irritating for some of us with sensitive skin or eyes. It also requires a higher level of maintenance than some other alternatives, because you have to check chlorine levels and balance the pH of your water quite frequently. These disadvantages of chlorine leave some pool owners wondering, “What are the best alternatives to a chlorine pool?” 

A quick note before you make the switch from chlorine to an alternative method of sanitizing your pool or spa water: if you’re left with irritated eyes, itchy skin, or a strong chlorine smell after swimming, you may actually need to do a chlorine shock treatment. When chlorine sanitizes contaminants, it produces chloramines. It is the chloramines that give off that strong smell and that is a sign that you need to add new chlorine to the water. If this solves your problem, then great! If not, here are the best alternatives:


One of the most common alternatives to chlorine is a chemical compound called bromine. The advantage of bromine is that it is more stable, so it requires less frequent maintenance. It is a great option for indoor pools because UV rays destabilize it. So, if your pool gets a lot of sunlight, you may have to use more of the chemical, or you can opt for a hybrid system with bromine and chlorine.

Saltwater Sanitizing Systems

Salt has taken the pool and spa world by storm over the past few years. It is likely the best alternative for anyone with sensitive skin because it feels gentle on the skin and hair. It requires very little upkeep because a component called the salt cell generator does nearly all of the work for you. An electrode converts the salt to chlorine and back in a perpetual process called electrolysis. Saltwater sanitizing systems feel amazing and they are easy to use, making them one of the most popular alternatives.

Ozone Generators

Ozone generators are like chlorine’s personal assistant. They allow you to use fewer chemicals because they help break contaminants down. While ozone generators assist chlorine in sanitizing your pool water, they can’t do it on their own, which is why they are considered a hybrid sanitizing method.

Natural Mineral Systems

Mineral systems are another effective hybrid system for maintaining clean, sparkling pool water while reducing the amount of chlorine you use. They work by releasing tiny amounts of minerals such as copper and silver through a pre-made cartridge. While they do require an initial investment, the advantages of this hybrid system include lower maintenance and lower chemical use to sanitize your pool and spa water.

If you have any questions about what the best water sanitizing system is for you, contact the experts at Backyard Oasis. We’re happy to provide all the information you need to make the best decision, just give us a call at (936) 241-0548. Come on down to our showroom for more pool and spa inspiration at 2200 US Hwy 190 W in Livingston, TX.