Cleaning Mildew Out of a Wading Pool

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Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Bucket

  • Sponge or cloth

  • Water hose

  • Water

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Bleach

  • Borax

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

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.

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.


Amanda Flanigan

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.