Keeping baby pool clean
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Keeping baby pool clean
It's that time of year. I have my first baby pool for my son. How do I keep it clean? Even if I dump the water every night and fill it early in the am , it takes a long time for the eater to get warm enough. The bottom and sides seem to get slippery (a little slimy) if I leave the water in for two days.
I don't want to use chlorine. Is there a way to keep the water fresh for a few days?
If not, what can I clean the inside with when the pool is empty to get rid of the slimy-ness?
I dump mine every evening and refill in the morning. I scrub ours out with dish soap and the carwash brush. That way I don't have to bend over or try to hold the pool up and scrub it. You could use a (new) toilet brush. Same idea.
I used to change the water every day and start with warm water so it wasn't to cold.
This is a little too big to carry warm water to and fill with a bucket. It has a waterslide and an arch.
Is there anything I can treat the water with that will keep it for a few days, but will not be as harsh as chlorine?
Would a small amount of bleach - and I mean like 1/4 cup added to the water be too much? Would white vinegar work?
I would just call your nearest hot tub / pool people and find out from them, what you should use. I would not put in bleach. I am sure their is something that the pool people can sell you, that would be safe.
I was just doing testing on bleach, I needed to find out how much bleach to use to put in a sink, for when you rinse the dishes, and I had chlorine strips, it turned out to be only 1 cap full, which suprised me, I thought it would be alot more.
I tried bleach last year. I ended up being too paranoid about them drinking it and it getting in their eyes, even though real pools have chlorine. Some chemical maker has come up with a non chlorine chemical for pools. I don't know the name, I just saw it advertised in the K Mart flier.
I went to a hardware store and bought a faucet thingy. Tell them you want something to put on your kitchen faucet so you can connect your garden hose to it. They'll take it from there. I don't know if you can stretch a hose thru your kitchen window out to the pool, but that's what we do. I unscrew our faucet aerator and apply this faucet to garden hose adapter thingy and screw the hose onto that. Then I put both hot and cold on full force and fill the pools. My window is right at the kitchen sink and I put the pools out several feet beyond that. It would work though, with any distance, as long as you have a long enough hose. This way I dump the pools each night and refill each day.
You can add a little bleach to it. My sister had a larger kiddie pool on her patio one yr and a pool guy told her to add 1/4 cup of bleach about once a week at night (when no one was going to be in the pool). So I would call a pool place and tell them what size pool you have and see what they say to do to the water. A very small amount of bleach will not harm your ds if it has all night to sit in the pool and dilute. IMO
We have a large above ground pool in our back yard and I use the Baquicil chemicals (suppose to be all natural and less harmful than chlorine). It is so expensive I am ready to switch to chlorine-- I dont care if our swimsuits fade and our eyes get bloodshot! lol
This is a good question. I have yet to set up my ds's pool. It also has lots of different parts and inflatables so it will be somewhat of a hassle. I don't even know if I will be able to dump it over. And when I first fill it up the water is SO cold, it takes all day for it to be warm enough.
They sell tablets at Walmart especially for little pools. They are there along with all of the other pool supplies.
Just be careful because most of the pools made for little kids are not going to last using bleach or chlorine. It will eat through the thin vinyl. I bought one that sounds like yours. It had a slide, a wading part and a little spray section. My mother-in-law put a little chlorine in it and that was the end of the pool. It had a ton of little holes all over it and when I called the company they said it was because the pools are not made to hold chemicals.
Yes, Yvonne, it sounds like what we have. You gave me an idea, though. I will call the manufacturer and ask what they recommend that I put in the water to keep it clean for a few days.
I don't mind changing the water every 4 or 5 days, but every day - and emptying this monstrosity every night - I just can't do.
Thanks everyone for your input. I'll check out the non chlorine stuff and also the stuff that Walmart sells if the manufacturer can't give me a lead.
There are drops you can get at Wal-mart for Kiddie Pools. It is in the swimming pool chemicals.