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If I don't use chlorine tablets how often will the paddling pool water go manky?

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megletthesecond Mon 13-Jul-20 16:16:16

We have a medium paddling pool (size of a double bed-ish) and I was toying with chlorine tablets. But they're all out of stock locally.

If I don't pop in chlorine tablets how long might it take for the water to get gunky? I have tweens who aren't going to wee in it.

I'm torn between tablets or just emptying it every week or so and using it to water the plants.

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FatherBrownsBicycle Mon 13-Jul-20 16:57:23

If you are not adding chlorine to kill bacteria, the pool should be drained every other day. Stagnant water without chlorine, can become unhealthy water in just 24-48 hours

blog.intheswim.com/how-to-maintain-an-inflatable-kiddie-pool/

FatherBrownsBicycle Mon 13-Jul-20 16:58:45

www.amazon.co.uk/Dispenser-Ultimate-Chlorine-Tablets-STRIPS/dp/B008U7T11E/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&c=ts&ts_id=4364583031&keywords=Chlorine&_encoding=UTF8&tag=mumsnetforu03-21&qid=1594655862&sr=8-3

Amazon have a few options

Finfintytint Mon 13-Jul-20 17:00:28

I used to use Milton’s tablets.

RhodaCamel Mon 13-Jul-20 17:02:54

I’m having this same issue, we left it a week and it looked like a green mucky pond. Was thinking of putting some Milton in but not sure how much.

Stompythedinosaur Mon 13-Jul-20 17:03:46

I've never had a problem leaving ours for 3 or 4 days, we just scoop the leaves out. But I imagine I have lower standards than some!

PhoneLock Mon 13-Jul-20 17:03:57

Baby bottle sterilising tablets from supermarkets are the same thing. Cheap too.

megletthesecond Mon 13-Jul-20 17:05:01

Ah, I can probably get Milton.

I'm trying to Amazon. It's making my life harder but apart from a recent blip I stopped using them 5 years ago.

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TrickyKid Mon 13-Jul-20 17:06:10

If we don't put Milton in ours it lasts two days.

megletthesecond Mon 13-Jul-20 17:06:42

Avoid Amazon even. Can't type.

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EgremontRusset Mon 13-Jul-20 17:08:33

Anyone know how many Milton tablets needed? We have a smallish pool.

897654321abcvrufhfgg Mon 13-Jul-20 17:09:07

We just had our water last 2 weeks. Milton (15ml per 500l) and then bicarbonate of soda (500g in a 3000l pool) to neutralise after a week Then add Milton in again. Cover overnight and scoop out bits with a fish tank sieve

megletthesecond Mon 13-Jul-20 17:34:23

We have a 950L pool.

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EgremontRusset Wed 15-Jul-20 08:41:08

Ah I can def work out litres from the filling time, it doesn’t say on the box 😊
Is 15ml liquid Milton like 1 whole tablet? It’s years since I was sterilising anything for DC 😂

BlackCrow Wed 15-Jul-20 08:54:42

How do you empty in if it's contaminated with Milton or chlorine? I'd rather have a small pool I emptied every day. Then the water can be recycled on lawn or flowerbeds.

IsItDownToTheLakeIFear Wed 15-Jul-20 08:57:25

Chuck some bleach in, it’s the same stuff. Loads of info online about using bleach instead of tablets.

TimeWastingButFun Wed 15-Jul-20 09:24:51

Without chlorine tablets I used to empty, clean and refill every 2-3 days. With them it's about once a week.

FurrySofa Wed 15-Jul-20 09:30:41

Dc have a 650ltr paddling pool and two Milton tablets keeps it clear for a good week.

megletthesecond Wed 15-Jul-20 14:24:55

The water is still clear since filling on Sunday.
One of the cats thinks it's got it's own private watering hole hmm.

Would Milton poison the cats and bees?

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