I have mentioned before that I have been involved with fountains for a long time – almost 20 years now, so keeping a fountain clean has been on the top of my priority list.
And I have tried every commercial product on the market. Some of the most highly recommended actually caused algae to bloom much faster! Chlorine keeps swimming pools clean but it destroys portable fountain pumps and is not healthy for the birds who love to splash and play in the fountains in the garden.
The final solution was right here in the medicine cabinet all along, and is very inexpensive – Hydrogen Peroxide.
I keep hydrogen peroxide in the house for wound cleaning for us and sometimes for the dogs if they get a scrape – like from climbing a tree, if we are talking about my Malamute/Husky, for example.
And I will never forget the other-worldly redhead I became when I used Hydrogen Peroxide as hair bleach in the eighth grade. Even my own mother didn’t think it was pretty.
But, who knew Hydrogen Peroxide was an awesome fountain cleaner all this time? And almost magic in the way it works. I have seen it clear a green and murky fountain to crystal clear water in 24 hours.
Of course the idea is to act before your fountain is green and murky, but that just doesn’t seem to happen.
It is smart to take your fountain apart and clean all the parts periodically, but even if you constantly recycle the water like we do here in Santa Fe – because it evaporates so quickly, you are bound to get algae bloom. And let’s face it, we don’t always do our scheduled cleaning chores – of fountains or anything else, on time.
Pour a generous amount – about 1/3 – 1/2 of a 16 oz bottle into the fountain water. The amount depends on how big your fountain is – I use the half bottle for my birdbath fountains and less for smaller bowl fountains.
Nothing will happen right away – but give it a day and you will be shocked to see every bit of green slime gone and your fountain returned to crystal clean beauty.
It does not hurt the wildlife either, because it turns into oxygen by the time those 24 hours are up!
And all this magic is at your supermarket near the band-aids for about $1/bottle!
Try it – you will be SO happy you did.number of view: 326451