Dichlor is a chlorine compound used to purify swimming pool and spa water. Its full name is sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione or dichloroisocyanuric acid. In chemical language technically can say dichlor is the cyanuric acid molecule with two chlorine atoms and one sodium atom. This combination is a stable chlorine, which comes as a colorless solid. The cyanuric acid extends the life of the chlorine by shielding it from ultraviolet rays.
Dichlor granules dissolve quickly in water. They can be added to the waters surface, pre-dissolved in a bucket of water or added via a chlorination system. The pH level of dichlor is very stable, which means there is no need to add pH-neutralizing chemicals.
Dichlor is typically sold in granular form. This provides a simple and convenient way to chlorinate pools and spas. Dichlor is completely soluble in water and does not generate insoluble solids. Also, dichlor does not contribute to scaling. Thus, the dichlor products are suitable for hard water. Dichlor is typically sold by the manufacturer as a granular product with free available chlorine content depending on which form is used (dihydrate or anhydrous). Dichlor is available with additives which may provide some additional benefit to the user. However, it is important to note that if additives are mixed with the product, the available chlorine will be less than 56% or 62%. The available chlorine content is provided on product labels.