How To Make Homemade Pool Cartridge Filter Cleaner

How To Make Homemade Pool Cartridge Filter Cleaner

Pool filter cartridge cleaner is essential for those with this particular type of filter system. This solution dissolves built-up grease, oil, and other sticky debris that can be preventing your filter from capturing as many small particles as it should.

In this article, we will discuss how you can make homemade pool filter cartridge cleaners at home if you do not have access to one of these cleaning solutions.

Homemade Pool Cartridge Filter Cleaner

There are few options for homemade pool cartridge filter cleaners. This is because no homemade alternative has the same comprehensive effects as the actual product. Nonetheless, these options may allow you to achieve a comparable clean.

Dish Soap Solution

To create this cleaning solution, fill a bucket with enough water to submerge your filter cartridge. Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of dish soap. Then, stir the water vigorously until the dish soap is combined in the solution.

Afterward, you can submerge your pump for as long as necessary. We recommend starting with a period of 20 minutes and then checking regularly.

It is important to use hand dish soap rather than dishwasher detergent. Observe the small amount of soap recommended regardless of how dirty your filter may seem.

After cleaning your filter with dish soap, you must take extreme measures to remove excess soap from the filter so that it does not create foam when you put it back into your pool. This can be done using buckets of clean water and a high-powered hose.

White Vinegar Solution

To make this mixture, you will need a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar. This can smell very strongly, so it is not recommended for those who hate the smell of vinegar! After you have filled a bucket with this mixture, submerge your cartridge for as long as necessary.

For this solution, wait for about 30 minutes before checking the cleaning progress.

Remember that you will need a fairly large amount of vinegar to create this solution. If you water down the vinegar more than recommended, you will not achieve the same results.


When making a homemade pool cartridge filter cleaner, we recommend using either dish soap or vinegar combined with water. These household products contain the right chemical profiles necessary to break up some of the debris on your filter, but both work in different ways.

Do you have any questions about making your own filter-cleaning solution? Drop us a message in the contact form, we’d love to help!

Louis from Pool Advisor


A chemical engineer by trade, Louis is committed to debunking myths in the pool industry by explaining the underlying chemistry and making it accessible to all.