How To Clean Your Salt Water Chlorinator Cell

Chlorinator control panel and cell | cleaning salt cell | AllchlorMore than three quarters of Australian pools rely on a salt water chlorinator cell to keep their pool sanitised and healthy. And generally ongoing maintenance is a fairly easy process. Checking on and cleaning your salt water chlorinator cell is a key part of ensuring that your chlorine production is efficient and prolonging its lifespan, reducing costs in the long term.

Cleaning your saltwater chlorinator cell is easier than you might think! As always, we advise that you refer to the manufacturer’s handbook for specific details relating to your particular make and model but in general these are the steps you need to follow.

Cleaning Your Salt Chlorinator Cell:

  1. Buy a salt water cell electrode cleaning solution from your local pool shop.
  2. Switch off the filtration system and close the necessary valves.
  3. Unplug the cell terminal cap and remove the cell from it’s housing.
  4. Immerse the cell in the cleaning solution in a study plastic container ensuring that the terminals stay dry.
  5. Leave it in the solution for 10-15 minutes then check if all calcium deposits have been removed.
  6. If calcium deposits remain, re-immerse for a further 10 minutes. You can use a smooth plastic implement to gently try and dislodge any heavy deposits.
    N.B. Never use a metal instrument as you will damage the cell.
  7. Once the cell is clean, rinse in clean water, replace and turn your pump and chlorinator back on
  8. Check that your chlorine output is sufficient and that your timer settings are functioning properly.

These simple steps will ensure that your pool stays clean and sparkling all year.

As always, if you need any help or advice why not call in and see us at our new store location in Rocklea or give us a call on 07 3277 2554. If your chlorinator is due for replacement, why not consider the all-new Allchlor S3800. Call in or visit our website to find out more about this highly efficient model.


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Jeff Braithwaite


  1. Kevin fittler on December 26, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Would I be able to use c.l.r clear to soak my cell in. Thanks

    • Jeff Braithwaite on December 30, 2019 at 10:12 am

      Definitely not. Only use cell cleaner or water and acid mixture at a 10/1 ratio