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June 3rd, 2008 12:40 PM
Momof2 Didn't know where to ask this, so I'll do it here. :)
Does anyone have suggestions for keeping a child's pool clean? Is there something you can add to the water or something to clean it with before adding water, that helps? I didn't want to use bleach, etc. for fear it would burn their eyes. But, is there no other way, but to scrub the thing every other day??? :rolleyes:
June 4th, 2008 11:21 AM
smilesbymiles Boy, I'm waiting on answers too. Nothing more discouraging then wanting to go swim and oh, the pool is gross again.
June 4th, 2008 01:42 PM
twofus I'd love answers, too. The only thing I know is that if you dump the water once you're done swimming, the pool doesn't get gross and slimy.
June 4th, 2008 01:54 PM
twofus wrote:
... if you dump the water once you're done swimming, the pool doesn't get gross and slimy.

But, isn't it nice to play in half warm water??? :rolleyes: I always feel sorry for them when i put fresh, cold water in, but i guess it's at least clean then. :D I actually got in with them yesterday and could hardly sit, because of the frigid water. (I won't tell you that I flooded the thing and Brooklyn 'bout drowned cause the water was too deep) :D I'm sure it was just because of the 'belly'...
June 4th, 2008 03:03 PM
twofus If I remember, I fill the water an hour before. If I don't remember, and he still likes playing in the cold water I'm not complaining. It's so hot that it doesn't stay cold long, but you can also just add a bucket of hot water from inside.
June 4th, 2008 07:23 PM
happyhousefull A Tablespoon of clorox or bleach would kill a lot of the germs/ scummy stuff, and should not be nearly strong enough to hurt or burn a child's skin. I have done this, and I usually only need to clean/dump the pool about once a week. Never had any skin or burning problems, either.
June 4th, 2008 09:22 PM
virginiadawn I just saw on the back of my baking soda box that it can help with pool cleaning. I have no experience just thought I would pass that on. It is on the 4 lb box form the laundry aisle.
July 18th, 2008 10:44 AM
rallyjan Well, I just came in from putting water in my kiddos little wading pool and didn't even know about this thread! Last year Z didn't play in his all that much and it got yucky so we finally just put it away. This year I got a hard plastic one and due to a 1 yr. old walking around outside, we're always dumping it after a day or so. I put water in it again this morning and plan on them to play in it this evening after the sun passes over and I'll sit out to watch them, as L is not safe without a constant eye. But does she ever enjoy it!
So that's my method, keep it empty until a day or less before they play in it, then rinse it out good and put water in. Then leave it for a day or so, then when Z gets tired of it and dump it again until a week or two later.
July 18th, 2008 11:31 AM
cretorakline are you guys all taking about those 11.88 plastic things from walmart? (I just bought one 2 days ago).
July 18th, 2008 11:52 AM
rallyjan Yes, I am, except I got mine a while back from Fred's drugstore for $8 something on sale. :) Oh, then the guy loaded it into my van, DH got it out at the house and emptied it several times before I realized that I had brought home two stuck into each other!!! I called them about it, then finally got out that way again and took the bottem one back. It was $10 something reg. price.
July 20th, 2008 03:20 PM
luv-2-b-mom I don't know if you all know about essential oils or not. but 1 or 2 drops of grapefruit oil will keep the pool water clean.
Not sure how long it would last.. I usually have to empty mine every week cause we have a slow leak in the air part. but it lasts that long.
And maybe longer if you would just add 1 or 2 drops every couple of days..
July 20th, 2008 03:31 PM
Momof2 Where can you buy them?
July 20th, 2008 04:24 PM
mamaswantz google "essential oils" and you'll come up with a host of sites. Any citrus oil is a disinfectant, but grapefruit is stronger and more potent than orange or lemon. Very good stuff.
July 20th, 2008 05:27 PM
virginiadawn Any health food store will have them. Especially one as common as Grapefruit. That sounds very cool. I will have to tell my sister...
August 15th, 2008 06:31 PM
Kathy I always filled the pool first thing in the morning (well, whenever I had a chance to get outside) and by the time they were ready to swim, it had warmed up a bit.