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Using Pool and Spa Test Strips

Reminder - please follow all manufacturer recommendations when utilizing and storing test strips for pool or spa chlorine testing.

Testing the strips at home before visiting the pool can help you learn how to properly use and read them.

In order to test at home, you will need:

Allow tap to run for about 2 minutes

Instructions for free chlorine test strips at home

Amounts and Readings Container 1 Container 2 Container 3
Amount of Tap Water At least 1 cup At least 6 cup At least 6 cup
Amount of Bleach to Add None 1 drop 2 drops
Amount of Free Chlorine Predicted 0 to <1 ppm 2-3 ppm 4-5 ppm
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Content Source: Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases
Page last modified: April 30, 2007