Best Pool and Spa Filter Cleaners

If you’ve been wondering how to clean a pool filter, wonder no more! Keep reading our guide to learn more about this!

The filter in your swimming pool captures and removes dirt and debris, hair, dead bugs. It even skims out finer particles like bacteria, sunscreen, and body oils. Over time, the folds in the filter become clogged, which prevents water from flowing through easily and increases pressure within the filter. The higher the pressure, the less water volume your pump is going to be able to move because it's working harder.The harder your pump has to work, the shorter its life will be. On top of keeping the pool water clean, the filter also makes sure pool chemicals are distributed ewenly.

Of course, since your pool filter ends up holding all that dirt and debris, you have to clean it regularly, to get those contaminants not just trapped, but out of your pool altogether. Without regular cleaning, the water filter in your pool will clog just like the air filter on a vacuum cleaner, and simply not work as well.

Here comes the question: what proper chemical do I need to clean my pool filter? The answer is very obvious- it’s a filter cleaner! It is used to clean sand, D.E., and cartridge filter elements to keep your filter working well. Removes oils, minerals, metals and other filter clogging gunk.

The following filter cleaners will help you keep your pool filter clean. Just make sure you have the proper equipment on hand for your type of filter, and then set aside some time to make sure it’s done properly. Regular cleaning helps your filter system last longer, work better, and keeps your pool water balanced and healthy.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the best filter cleaners in the market:



1. Pool Breeze Filter Pro Cleaner

Pool Breeze Filter Pro is a liquid formula that efficiently cleans all types of pool filters. This filter cleaner and backwash aid product is non-toxic, and is designed to improve the filter's efficiency by removing dirt, lotions, body oils, insects, leaves, and other contaminants causing your pool water to be cloudy.


- Effectively cleans all types of pool filters

- Non-toxic with added natural proteins

- Improves filter efficiency


2. GLB Pool & Spa Products 71010 1-Quart Filter Fresh Pool Filter Cleaner

An acid-based liquid cartridge filter cleaner. Removes scale, rust, cosmetics, oil and other materials from filter cartridges using an overnight soak-and-rinse formula.


- Removes debris from cartridge filters helps filter operate at maximum efficiency concentrated formula

- The ideal way to maximize your filter's efficiency; remove debris simply by soaking filter in solution overnight and rinsing the next morning

- Refer to filter manufacturer's recommendations regarding maintaining your pool filter at peak efficiency; refer actual label for product precautions

- Compatible with chlorine, bromine, ozone and biguanide sanitizers; this item is not for sale in Catalina Island

- Measures 9. 9-inches in length by 3. 2-inches in width by 3. 2-inches in height


3. SPA Filter WASH - Hot Tub Filter Cartridge Cleaner Tablet by Pleatco (3)

The Pleatco PWASH-POOL-PAK Filter Wash Tablets are fast acting fizz tablets that effectively loosen and release debris such as body oils, suntan lotions, dirt, and other contaminants that have attached to filters. This filter tablet is easy to use because it requires no measuring. It is safe for both the filtration fabric and the environment.


- Fast acting fizz tablet, safe for the environment

- No measuring and no messy or dangerous filter cleaning chemicals

- Releases body oils, lotions, and dirt from all hot tub & spa filters

- Loosens and cleans all debris from filter surface

- Safe and easy to use on all filtration products and fabrics


4. Natural Chemistry Filter Perfect Pool Filter Cleaner - 4 x 1 Liter

Natural Chemistry's Filter Perfect gives pool and spa owners a powerful, concentrated cleaner to cut through the thickest, nastiest oil, grease and scum build-up on all pool and spa filters, including sand, diatomaceous earth, and cartridge styles. Filter Perfect's chemical solution vastly improves filter efficiency by restoring lost surface area, clearing water and improving overall pool and spa health. This cleaner is compatible with chlorine, bromine, and other alternative sanitizing systems.


- Brand Name: Natural Chemistry

- Filter Perfect is the perfect sand and cartridge filter cleaner!

- Recommended Dosage- One Bottle per filter cleaning

- Country of Origin: United States

- Naturally based filter cleaner formulated with SMARTZyme technology

- Acid free formula means no fumes

- Powerful formula works on all filter types

- 4 Pack


5. The SpaPure Filter Cleaner
It's  a heavy duty filter cleaner that removes body oils, soapy residues, scale, and grime from filter cartridges. Helps maintain healthy and clear spa water, while improving filtration, and circulation. This product is compatible with chlorine, bromine, biguanide, silver/mineral, and ozone-treated pools and spas.


- Heavy duty liquid formula

- Eliminates body oils, soapy residues, scale, and grime

- Improve filtration and circulation


6. Baquacil 84384 Universal Filter Cleaner Swimming Pool Cleanser, 0.5 gal

BAQUACIL Universal Filter Cleaner is great at cleaning all types of filters. Water quality and filtration can be greatly improved by cleaning your filter a minimum of twice per year. This swimming pool care chemical cleaner works on debris, scale, oils and organic waste.


- Removes scale, oils, and other debris from your swimming pool filter

- Designed to be used twice per year; Follow dosing instructions for proper application

- Cleans all filter types - D.E., cartridge, and sand filters

-  Chlorine-free formula; Fast acting filter cleaner

- Includes One 0.5-gal container of Baquacil Universal Filter Cleaner


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