How – And Why To Clean a Swimming Pool

Do you know how to clean a swimming pool? If you’re a pool owner who’s a little foggy on what to do and why it’s important, allow this primer to fill you in—because while your pool might look sparkling-clean right now, it won’t stay that way on its own. Pool maintenance requires vigilance and a firm understanding of a few scientific principles.

Here’s how to clean a swimming pool, and all the gross, gunky things that could be going on beneath that pristine blue surface that’ll galvanize you to stay on top of this task.

Natural Swimming Pools

Swimming pools are a must-have for plenty of folks, but the chemicals involved? No, thanks. Chlorine doesn’t just dry out your skin and hair—it also leaves that weird chemical smell on towels, clothing, and even skin. So after a summer spent in chlorinated pools, you might be ready to try something a bit more benign, for you and the environment.

Enter: the natural swimming pool. It’s not just the newest summer trend taking the internet by storm, but also a great eco-friendly option for water bums everywhere.

Here’s the lowdown on natural swimming pools with some helpful insights from the experts.

Cool Pool Trends

Close your eyes and imagine with us for a moment: You’re kicking back on an avocado-shaped float with a frozen daiquiri in hand—all in your own backyard swimming pool. Yes, you’ve reached peak #lifegoals.

But what does your dream pool look like? Take a spin through #pools on Instagram, and you’ll find a lot more than the ubiquitous kidney-shaped water features that dominated most of the 20th century.

Click for five cool pool trends you’ll want to dive into.

Clever Way To Stay Cool Without Tons of Space

Homeowners are so desperate for a refreshing spot to chill this summer that they’re turning to all kinds of water sources, including DIY pools made from stock tanks used for cattle and neon plastic kiddie tubs (don’t judge!).

The need to stay safe at home has caused a run on all things fun in the backyard (think swing sets, trampolines, and fire pits).

Owning a pool, whether in-ground or above, tops the list of must-haves, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Smart Organization Hacks

With so much time spent inside during the pandemic, your house may be looking more cluttered than usual. Need some inspiration to tackle the chaos? A new HGTV show called “Hot Mess House” is here to help.

The show is hosted by organizing expert Cassandra Aarssen, who visits her clients’ homes by video chat. After surveying the space, she gives them pointers and sends furnishings to help them get organized.

Read more HERE.

Modern Farmhouse Fails

Modern farmhouse decor is still as popular as ever, with no seeming end to walls covered in shiplap, distressed coffee tables, barn doors, and beyond. But not every detail in this canon is a winner straight out of the gates—and some looks are actually full-on fails.

Witness the famed “Fixer Upper” duo Chip and Joanna Gaines, arguably the main source of all things modern farmhouse. Even these category leaders have made mistakes along the way.

So if you’re worried your enthusiasm for this design trend may have gone off the rails, check out these modern farmhouse fails we’ve found that should never, ever end up in your own home.

Summer Maintenance Musts

Taking care of your home this season isn’t just about getting in on all those trending summer looks and beautifying the backyard. It’s also about getting all those dreaded seasonal maintenance tasks done and out of the way before cold weather arrives.

We know, we know—in the thick, sweltering heat of July it’s hard to imagine another fall and winter ahead. But knocking out your to-do list now will ensure you can space things out and still enjoy some lazy days off.

Here are seven summer maintenance musts for you to start checking off this season.

Can Mortgage Rates Go Lower?

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is edging closer each week to the 3% mark. Freddie Mac reported that the 30-year rate averaged 3.03% this week, the lowest since the government-sponsored enterprise began tracking such data in 1971. Last week, the 30-year rate hit 3.07%, a record at the time. “The summer is heating up as record low mortgage rates continue to spur homebuyer demand,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, it remains to be seen whether the demand will continue if COVID-19 cases rise to the point that it hinders economic growth.”

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