Table Salt Vs. Pool Salt
Many people will likely be surprised to learn that table salt has quite a bit in common with pool salt used to keep swimming pools clean. There are some similarities, but also differences, that are important to note. Let’s explore them!
Some swimming pools are kept clean by using salt instead of chlorine bleach. The type of salt used for pool cleanings must be 99.8% pure food quality salt. Unlike table or regular salt, pool salt does not contain any anti-clumping agents. In addition, it does not undergo the same iodization process, which consists of spraying table salt with small amounts of potassium iodate. While many people have probably assumed that table salt is the purest between the two, in reality, pool salt is even purer than table salt.
This is the salt people use to cook with and flavor their meals. Table salt commonly comes in two forms including iodized and plain. Many table salts include potassium iodate in order to help individuals avoid iodine deficiencies. Anti-clumping agents are typically added to iodized salt since the added potassium iodate can cause clumping. Some cooks use non-iodized salt for pickling or brining food items. Overtime iodized salt can cause the color or foods to darken over time.
Making The Switch
Once people understand that pool salt is virtually identical to table salt, it’s very appealing to make the change. In comparison to bleach, salt is typically preferred once people make these connections. Chlorine bleach can burn the eyes during swimming and tends to irritate and dry the skin out as well.
To learn more contact the salt experts at Salt Industries. We can also help prepare you to make the switch from chlorine to pool salt before pools open in the spring. In addition to pool salt, we also offer rock salt for all those battling ice and winter storms this season. Please contact us online to learn more!