How to Make Water Conditioners for a Waterbed

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Maintaining a waterbed requires a little extra care than traditional spring mattress beds. One of the basic steps one must employ in order to properly maintain a waterbed over a long period of time is to make sure that a water conditioner is used within the bladder. A water conditioner should be used every six months in order to keep the water free of damaging toxins that cause odour and algae. Additionally, water conditioners help to prevent the build-up of mould on the interior of the bladder. Water conditioners can be bought premade in your local home furnishing store or waterbed specialist, but it is easy to make your own concoctions right at home for a fraction of the cost. Read on to learn how to make water conditioners for a waterbed.

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Things you need

  • Funnel
  • 8 cups distilled water
  • 2/3 cup sodium thiosulfate
  • 2/3 cup sodium hydroxymethanesulfonate
  • Airtight container

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    Make your water conditioner. Using a funnel, combine the sodium thiosulfate and the water in an airtight container. Shake well to mix.

  2. 2

    Another option is to use sodium hydroxymethanesulfonate. This is the main ingredient in dechlorinators. Add to water in an airtight container and shake well.

  3. 3

    Know how many gallons are in your waterbed. Waterbeds generally hold between 160 gallons and 200 gallons of water, depending on their size and depth. Make sure you know how much water is in your waterbed, so you know how much conditioner to use in it.

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    Use your water conditioner. Use 1/4 cup of your prepared water conditioner for every 100 gallons of water in your waterbed. A queen size waterbed holds about 180 gallons of water, so you’d want to use about 1/2 cup of water conditioner. You can add the conditioner by using a funnel or by carefully pouring it directly into the water from the container.

  5. 5

    Store you conditioner. Be sure to keep your water conditioner in a cool dry place and out of reach of children.

Tips and warnings

  • Add water conditioner to you waterbed every six months.
  • Water conditioners are dangerous. In case of accidental ingestion, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not store conditioner in an old chemical bottle, like those used for cleaning products. Only use new, unused bottles for storage.
  • When mixing your water conditioner, do so in a well ventilated area.

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