I’m TV’s Most Popular Cleaning Guru – How to Keep Your Paddle Tub Clean and Safe This Summer

Stuck at home due to travel chaos and closed pools. . . What’s Next!

Jasmine Harisha and Joel Cooper think it’s time to get out of that paddling pool…


Create a wet and wild garden playground to cool off your kids this summercredit: Getty

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Make your own swimming pool: One mum saved more than £100 by turning her children’s giant trampoline into a swimming pool, and her work has since gone viral on TikTok.

She first removed the spring trampoline base to leave only the metal frame.

Then she put a giant piece of fabric in the middle and, where it folds over the edge of the frame, secured it by screwing the shrink wrap and synthetic film around the edge of the chassis — before using a hose for packing.

Buy a portable spray pad: Buying a paddling pool is all well and good until you need to find space to store it.

Instead, invest in a sprinkler pad, which is a plastic play pad with sprinklers.

It’s portable, rolled up small and doesn’t need to be inflated or filled with water – so it’s a lot less.

Kids won’t know it’s all about dogs: It’s cheaper, more powerful and doesn’t need to be inflated, so what’s not to like about a doggie pool. . . for kids?

Keep the water warm with basket bags: After you blow up the paddling pool, the last thing you want is for the kids to complain about the water being too cold.

Try attaching your hose to the sink in the kitchen and use it to carry warm water into the pool.

If you can’t do that, get some black trash bags and cover the pool – the dark color will absorb light and heat, which helps the water warm up naturally.

Use the foot washing station: If you are tired of having to empty the pool and refill it with fresh water because the kids keep muddying it, fill a bucket with water and a sponge, place it by the pool and wash the little ones’ feet before they jump in.

Soak the tennis ball oil: Got a bad oil spot surfacing from all that factor 50 sun cream?

Help keep him away by moving a tennis ball in the water. This will absorb some of this oil.

Moms on TikTok use hair dryers to fill their pools with air in twice as fast and for much less.6

Moms on TikTok use hair dryers to fill their pools with air in twice as fast and for much less.credit: Getty

dry it: Blowing up paddling pools can be a hassle, but the moms on TikTok use hair dryers to fill their pools with air in double quick time and in much smaller amounts — but just make sure to use the cold setting.

Or a rack-activated, foot-activated bike pump can be more efficient than the small foot pumps that often come with inflatable pools.

Indoor swimming pools: If you live in an apartment with no garden, don’t miss out on the fun.

Invest in a kids’ paddling pool and let it sit on the floor in the living room, then while relaxing on the sofa you can dip your toes in it to cool off. Or put it on your balcony.

rainy days? Reposition your pool: It can still come in handy once the summer is over.

Fill it with plastic balls to create a play pit for the kids, or with ice if you’re having a party – to cool beer and wine.

Some savvy parents on social media have turned their pool into a sandpit.

Keep it clean and safe

Pools should always be filled with fresh water, using a garden hose or bucket and faucet6

Pools should always be filled with fresh water, using a garden hose or bucket and faucetcredit: Getty

Fill with fresh water: “When filling it up, you need to use fresh water,” says Agie Mackenzie, TV cleaning expert.

“Do not use water collected in the water butt because it is likely to be contaminated with bacteria.

“Young children will likely end up swallowing some of the water, so use a garden hose or bucket and faucet.”

Keep the spot: “Our bodies are completely covered in bacteria and 99 percent of them are friendly,” the How Clean Is Your Home star advises Agee.

“But for young children, you shouldn’t put them in a diaper and then in the pool and paddling — or with a bare seat.

“All it takes is a little leakage and you’ll get E. coli in the water.

“If a child swallows E. coli, they may end up getting sick and diarrhea.

“This would be particularly bad in hot weather, when the baby could end up dehydrated from being sick.

“In rare cases, an E-coli infection can affect the brain and lead to seizures.

“If you have young children, you want a flexible swimsuit.”

Cleaning with tea tree lotion or vodka: “Horse flies are attracted to stagnant paddling pools and can carry Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that can be fatal,” Agee says.

“You should empty the pool at the end of each day to prevent attracting horse flies.

Clean it using a small amount of Milton sanitizing solution.

Alternatively, a good way is to use a few drops of tea tree oil – which is a good antibacterial.

Add it to warm water and then use a clean cloth to wipe the pool inside.

“And if you don’t have that, you can use a little leftover vodka, which will also kill any germs.”

If you’re trying to save water, some experts suggest the next best thing is to secure the pool with a cover and add child-safe chlorine tablets to the water.

Turn the pool side down when not in use: “At night, rinse it and turn it upside down so it’s not full of pits and leaves,” Aggie says.

“You also want to avoid landing bird feces in the pool. Pigeon droppings can contain cryptococcus, a yeast-like fungus that can cause infection and even death.”

Hannah Smith, director of water games at Water Babies Swimming School, advises that turning the pool over when not in use is also essential to keep children safe.

“When you’re done playing, be sure to empty the water and turn the pool over, even if there’s only a few inches of water,” she says.

30 degrees for kids Hannah advises that the temperature of the paddling pool is really important, especially for babies.

“The temperature should be a minimum of 30 degrees Celsius, and if your baby is under 12 weeks or 12 pounds, it should be 32 degrees Celsius or higher,” she says.

Do not rely on floats: “Always check if there are any slippery surfaces, and designate an adult who can monitor children in and around the pool,” Hannah says.

“Keep non-swimmers at arm’s length from you – and even if your little one has a float, you shouldn’t take your eyes off them because they can sometimes get stuck under the float.”

Buy the best


Intex Mushroom Baby Pool, £14.49, Amazon


Intex Mushroom Baby Pool, £14.49, AmazonCredit: Unknown, Obvious Photo Bureau


Intex Whale Pool Spray, £24.99, Home Essentials


Intex Whale Pool Spray, £24.99, Home EssentialsCredit: Unknown, Obvious Photo Bureau


Splashmania Family Pool with seating, £55, Wilco


Splashmania Family Pool with seating, £55, WilcoCredit: Unknown, Obvious Photo Bureau

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