Chlorine tablets are used generally as a water disinfectant, killing water-borne viruses and bacteria. Chlorine can be very dangerous to you and the environment. So handling with care is necessary.
What can you do with chlorine tablets?
If you own a swimming pool, you likely use chlorine tablets. Chlorine tablets are an easy and effective way to keep a pool clean and free of bacteria. While dissolving them in your pool is a convenient method to use up chlorine tablets. If you find yourself needing to dispose of them. Doing so appropriately can be a more tedious task.
If you find yourself with chlorine tablets you no longer need. Don't let your first thought be to dispose of them. Offer them to a relative or friend who also owns a pool. They may be able to find a use for them. Or even advertise them up to someone via sites online, such as Facebook or Gumtree.
Disposing of chlorine tablets
When disposing of chlorine tablets, it's important to protect you and the environment. You must not put them in your household waste. They will need to be transported to a place where they can be disposed of appropriately. Put them into a sealed bag or container. This will stop any fumes from escaping or from being inhaled.
Places to dispose of chlorine:
- Find your local hazardous waste disposal service.
- Contact the place you purchased the tablets
- Your local swimming pool store or maintenance service.
Can I put chlorine tablets in my toilet?
Chlorine tablets are used in water and do a great job at sanitizing. You would assume placing them in your toilet would be a great use case. However, this is not a good idea. Chlorine tablets are intended for large volumes of water, dissolving over time. If you place them in your toilet or the tank, the measure will be too strong. It could therefore corrode parts of your toilet, causing it to break.
How chlorine affects the environment
Chlorine is a very unstable chemical and highly reactive with other chemicals. We know it reacts with water, due to its use in pools. But it also reacts in air and is quickly broken down by sunlight.
The environmental effects of swimming pools are not from the chlorine tablets specifically. But from the production of them and disposal of chlorine waste.
There are alternative options you can choose for a more eco-friendly and sustainable pool. Deciding to opt for one of these alternatives, allows you to enjoy your pool time. Safely in the knowledge that you're not contributing to harming the planet.
In conclusion, chlorine tablets are dangerous. They should therefore be handled with caution and disposed of appropriately. In the future, try an alternative solution to make your pool more ecologically sustainable.