Friday, February 3, 2012

What a Pickle!

Just thought I'd share this great tip incase you havent' used it. For years I purchased Sparex or Rio Pickle - it's great stuff but why pay the shipping and packaging when you can "go local" with your purchase. Costs less and works better!

Don't buy commercial pickle. Go to your local hardware or pool supply instead and get the powder used to drop the pH in pool water. It's usually marketed as "pH Minus" or something similar. Read the label, make sure it is sodium bisulfate (not sodium bisulfite, they're two different chemicals). I love this one!


You can also choose to use citric acid pickle instead. Buy it in powder form in your local health food store and dissolve about one 4oz container in a quart of water. Use as normal, best results when heated. This pickle is more environmentally friendly than other pickle solutions, but you will need to allow a few minutes more for it to do its work...perhaps 25% longer in the solution for the same results.


Deb said...

This is great information Sharon.
I'm especially interested as I will be unable to take all of the pickles,patina's & etching solutions I've purchased via the USA with me to Australia.

Going to be looking for a whole lot of 'home' remedies when I get there as I'm darned if I want to go through the whole process of importing them again.

Sharon Driscoll said...

The pool solution works wonderfully. Make it up and keep it in a cheap crock pot. All pickle solutions work better warm.