Cleaning Mildew Out of a Wading Pool

Wading pools help keep young children cool during the hot summer months without some of the problems of bigger pools. Wading pools are generally made from a hard plastic although inflatable wading pools are also a popular choice. Unfortunately, the simplicity of the wading pool means a higher risk of mold and mildew. Unlike larger swimming pools, wading pools do not have a filtration system that circulates and cleans the water and chemicals are typically not added to the water in a wading pool. Before removing mildew or other dirt from the wading pool, you must first completely drain the pool.

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Pools are a great way to keep children cool in those hot summer months.

Vinegar to Remove Mildew

Step 1

Drain the wading pool completely. Pour distilled white vinegar into a bucket. Saturate a sponge in the vinegar, and then scrub the wading pool down with the sponge.

Step 2

Continue saturating the sponge and scrubbing the pool until all mildew as been removed.

Step 3

Rinse the wading pool with a water hose.

Bleach to Remove Mildew

Step 1

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Add 1/2 cup of a dishwashing liquid and 1 cup of bleach.

Step 2

Saturate a sponge in the mixture and scrub the inside of the pool.

Step 3

Rinse the solution from the wading pool with a water hose.

Borax to Remove Mildew

Step 1

Combine 2 cups of hot water with 1/2 cup of borax.

Step 2

Saturate a sponge or cloth in the mixture.

Step 3

Scrub the wading pool with the mixture. Start at the sides and work your way downward.

Step 4

Rinse the pool with a water hose.