How To Keep A Kid Pool Clean Naturally
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Do you have a kiddie pool for your kids to cool off this summer with? Don’t you hate how fast they turn green? I am going to show you a tip on how to keep a kid pool clean naturally without chemicals.
While this tip will work with small kids pools such as the one in the pictures (this one here) it may not work well for large pools. That is mainly because of the amount of water in the larger pools.
I got a pool for the kids to stay cool with. I mean we see a lot of days in the mid 90’s and they need a way they can play outside and cool off.
But after about two-three days in 90+ degree heat and the sun, it will turn super green like the picture below.
And no, we did not allow them to swim in the green pool.
We first started by emptying it out every few days and taking a sponge and vinegar and washing it down before filling it up again. We did use the water for the plants and other things so it would not be wasted, but it was still such a pain to do EVERY few days.
However, I did not want to add chemicals such as chlorine to the pool. So that is when I got to thinking, how would it be if I just put vinegar in the water??
I was very happy with the results after giving it a try!! I mean, no it will not stop you from ever having to empty the pool but it buys you a LOT more time and uses from the water.
How To Clean Without Chemicals:
For the pool, you see in the picture (this one here) I simply added one cup of distilled white vinegar to it each day. Then I would mix it around with my hand and that is it. The kids would hop in right after not having to worry about chemical burns.
By adding the vinegar each day, I went from having to change the pool every 2-3 days to changing it weekly or even a little longer!
The two pictures in this post, both the green and the clean are from the same amount of days gone by in the same heat and sun. Crazy different right!!?
Now the amount of vinegar to use can depend on the size pool you have. So if yours is smaller you may be able to use say half a cup. If larger try 1 and a half cups and play around with the amount to see what works for you.
There is one thing to note about this tip for keeping the pool clean naturally. You will not be able to use the water on the plants when it is time to empty the pool.
You will also want to be sure to place the pool somewhere in the yard that you do not mind if the grass is killed. This is because vinegar is also a natural weed and plant killer and will kill off the plants that it is dumped on.
Don’t worry though, it only lasts a short time and you will be able to grow back in that spot again. I just wanted to note that so you don’t try watering your garden or something with it.
Oh, one other tip for keeping the pool clean. Be sure to use a skimmer on it each day to get any bugs and grass out of the pool. That will also help the water to last longer.
Let’s face it, kids are great at getting grass and stuff in the pool! You can either buy one like this one here, or you can make one with a pair of stockings on a hanger.
Other Ideas For Keeping Kids Pool Clean Naturally:
I have been hearing great things about using salt in the pools to help keep them clean. However, it is not something I have personally tried so can not say how well it works.
If you have used salt or another natural option to keep your kid’s pool clean, please share in the comments below. I am sure others, as well as myself, would love to learn about them.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I add essential oils to pool water?
A: Yes you can you just need to be careful as to what oils you add. Keep in mind that citrus oils do degrade plastics so they may not be the best idea to add.
Q: While clothing and skin smell like vinegar?
A: While there is a slight vinegar smell to the water, it is hardly noticeable.
Q: If you add essential oils to the water will it burn your skin?
A: as long as you are not adding huge amounts you should be fine. Remember that essential oils are strong and just a little goes a long way.
Q: Can I use vinegar in animal water tanks to keep from turning green?
A: Small amounts of vinegar should not harm animals as long as it is NOT used in a galvanized tank as it can make the water toxic. However, keep an eye on the animals if you do this as they may not like the taste and may try to avoid. You don’t want them to get dehydrated.
Q: Is vinegar water safe to get in the eyes?
A: If you used a strong mixture it may get a little more irritated. Much like when you are in a strong chlorine pool. But when used in small amounts we have had no issues.
Q: Will the water kill grass and plants if pour over them when emptying the pool?
A: It can. It will not kill them totally off as they will regrow. However, if you dump the vinegar treated pool water right on to grass and plants, it will turn them yellow.
If you want to be able to reuse your water in this way, I would give it at least two days of not adding any vinegar before using the water on my plants and grass.
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