If you suffer from backaches, joint, bone or muscle pain, you might be considering a waterbed. Therapeutic benefits aside, many former insomniacs say that waterbeds simply provide a better sleep experience -- and there are definite health benefits to be gained from a good night's sleep. As you assess the pros and cons of a waterbed, don't let the cost of the conditioner be a factor. You can make your own water conditioner and derive the benefit of store-bought conditioner that stems the growth of algae and bacteria.

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Step 1

Verify how much water your waterbed holds. You will need about a quarter-cup of conditioner for every 100 gallons of water the waterbed holds.

Step 2

Pour 8 cups of distilled water into a large container. Add two-thirds of a cup of sodium thiosulfate, which conditions water by removing chemicals from it. Alternatively, you could use sodium hydroxymethanesulfinate. Put the lid on the container and shake it well.

Step 3

Pour fresh conditioner directly into the filled waterbed mattress every six months to keep the water conditioned. Make a new batch of homemade waterbed conditioner with each application.