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How to keep paddling pool water sanitary(ish)?

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shockedballoon Mon 25-Jun-18 11:48:31

I've just bought DS a reasonable-sized paddling pool and intend to fill it just once for this week as dont want to waste excess water (plus were on a water meter). How can I stop the water breeding bacteria etc? Can a put a smidge of bleach in? Like just a capful/half a capful in the whole thing? How do you keep your paddling pools clean or do you use fresh water everyday?

Vixnixtrix1981 Mon 25-Jun-18 11:50:22

I bought a starter kit. Only been up for 3 days, so don't know good it is

Like this ...

Vixnixtrix1981 Mon 25-Jun-18 11:51:14

Sorry - the link doesn't want to work! This is the name

Vixnixtrix1981 Mon 25-Jun-18 11:52:07

Clearwater CH0017 Basic Pool Starter Set

firehousedog Mon 25-Jun-18 11:52:23

Sounds logical with the bleach. Not sure what solution. One capful doesn't seem a lot to have cleaning power. Maybe empty the pool every few days and bleach it that way.

IStillDrinkCava Mon 25-Jun-18 11:56:45

How about a bit of Milton sterilizing fluid? You can use it to sterilize dodgy water before drinking it, as well as sterlizing baby bottles etc.

happymummy12345 Mon 25-Jun-18 11:58:31

I still do you mean put a bit of Milton in it every day?

fourpawswhite Mon 25-Jun-18 12:01:11

Pool start up kit or hot tub chlorine granules. Few scoops of those should be fine. Might need to pop in warm water then pour in. Amazon sell them.

shockedballoon Mon 25-Jun-18 12:01:22

Thanks all - I like the Milton idea, seems the most gentle. I'll get some later when I go to the supermarket.

delilahbucket Mon 25-Jun-18 12:01:36

Don't put regular bleach in your paddling pool. There's a reason it says to wash immediately if contact with skin occurs! Buy a specialist pool water cleaner. You can get it on Amazon. Without a filter though, you're going to find that no amount of germ killing is going to stop the bits of grass and dirt and dead insects from floating in it.

IStillDrinkCava Mon 25-Jun-18 12:06:36

Don't know happymummy, haven't really thought about it. Milton keeps things baby-safe sterile for a full 24h IIRC and you wouldn't need to be that rigorous, so maybe put some in every 2-3 days or so? Just guessing though.

LadyJaneGreyspen Mon 25-Jun-18 12:07:09

Actually deliah regular bleach is fine it is the concentration.
for eczema
To decrease bacterial infection and reduce symptoms, bleach baths are sometimes recommended. Add ¼ - ½ cup of common 5% household bleach to a bathtub full of water (40 gallons). Soak your torso or just the affected part of your skin for about 10 minutes. Limit diluted bleach baths to no more than twice a week.

LadyJaneGreyspen Mon 25-Jun-18 12:08:53

so for a paddle pool and longer exposure a more dilute concentation would be better. The problem is getting rid of the water afterwards.

firehousedog Mon 25-Jun-18 12:15:40

Yes with the likelihood of floating bits of grass, leafs, dead insects, etc, I would suggest emptying the water every few days is sensible. Then take the opportunity to bleach it and rinse clean before putting fresh water in.

IStillDrinkCava Mon 25-Jun-18 12:16:15

Bleach (or Milton) will break down over time. Given you're going to tip it onto the grass afterwards I guess (?) keep it light touch & early so it's mostly degraded before it touches the grass and wildlife in the soil.

The proper pool stuff is a good idea. I'm not sure what that would be like on grass or how quickly it degrades.

Racecardriver Mon 25-Jun-18 12:17:30

You shouldn't leave them full. Terrible drowning risk.

shockedballoon Mon 25-Jun-18 12:24:36

Actually I might just go with very very dilute bleach as I've already got this in. I'll change the water about weekly and any flies/leaves etc can be dealt with by using a sieve. Seems a bit much to fork out for a pool kit - it's only a paddling pool!

TwoGinScentedTears Mon 25-Jun-18 12:25:02

Certain chemicals with anti bacterial properties are made inert when they come into contact with organic matter, so grass, insects, dirt. So you could bleach it till your hearts content and be getting no anti bacterial properties.

You need to filter the water and buy proper chemicals that are added at the correct dilution rate. You can't just stick some bleach in and think the waters going to be hygienic!

shockedballoon Mon 25-Jun-18 12:26:01

Not sure who's going to drown if I leave it full overnight?

Turmericky Mon 25-Jun-18 12:30:43

If you don't have or don't want to buy a proper pool cover then a large voile curtain or two sewn together makes a good pool cover when weighted down on either side, to keep leaves and bugs out when not in use. The sun can also still get through to warm the water.
You can get granules to stop bacteria and sliminess (slimeyness?), you just take out 10% of the water, melt the granules in warm water and add, then top up the pool again. Sort of like fish tank maintenance.
We always used to have a 12ft above ground pool when the DC were little. They are adults now but I fondly remember summer days of dropping the. Off at school then returning home to float on my lilo in their pool. Or sneaking into their pool at 9pm when they were in bed, accompanied by my good friend in those days G&T.

StruggsToFunc Mon 25-Jun-18 12:32:21

Watch out for mosquitoes and midges. We can’t have any standing water in our garden at because we become totally infested. Could you get a cover?

StruggsToFunc Mon 25-Jun-18 12:32:44

*at all

firehousedog Mon 25-Jun-18 12:33:19

This reminds me of the simpsons episode when they get a pool, homer jumps in one night and comes out green and slimey. He then adds chlorine to the water and the next day the kids eyes are red and burning grin

bluerunningshoes Mon 25-Jun-18 12:37:03

Not sure who's going to drown if I leave it full overnight?

rats, mice, squirrels...
I would cover it and put in some bleach

IStillDrinkCava Mon 25-Jun-18 12:59:39

We used a fitted sheet as a paddling pool cover last year.

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