How To Clean A Salt Cell

In this Pool Care Basics Video, we discuss how to clean a salt cell. This is common maintenance for any pool owner with a salt chlorine generator. A salt cell will need to be cleaned every 3-6 months.

Symptoms of a Salt Cell That Needs Cleaning

  • Low Chlorine Level
  • Error Codes or Indicator Lights on the Control
  • Calcium Flakes Near Pool Returns
  • Calcium Build-Up Inside Cell

Note: We use a Hayward Aquarite salt cell in the video but the same instructions can be applied to other brands.


In order to prevent calcium build-up on the salt cell, we recommend maintaining the pool at a pH level of 7.4-7.6. We also recommend using a product like Scale Free by Natural Chemistry or Magenta Stuff by Jack’s Magic. Those products will help keep the cell blades clean and prolong the life of the salt cell.

Additional Resources

Swimming Pool Salt Calculator Blog

How to Size a Salt Chlorine Generator

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