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Easy Hack Heats Up Your Paddling Pool Using Just Bin Bags

Easy Hack Heats Up Your Paddling Pool Using Just Bin Bags

With the sunny weather and many of us confined to our homes, those lucky enough to have an outdoor space have been snapping up paddling pools to use in the garden.

But despite the warm temperatures, they can be pretty chilly, even on the sunniest days - and it can be a total faff trying to fill them up with warm water from inside, or from the kettle.

But now, one woman has come up with the ultimate hack to heat up the water in her paddling pool - and all you'll need is a black bin bag.

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Lainey Thomson, 36 from north Yorkshire, told Tyla how she came up with the genius idea.

"I did this because I only have a cold outside tap and I was using buckets and the kettle to warm up the pool.

"By putting black bin bags on top it attracts the sun and it warms it up very quickly. Within about 45 minutes the water is warm and stays warm all day in the sun."

One person has come up with the ultimate hack for heating their paddling pool (Credit: Lainey Thomson)
One person has come up with the ultimate hack for heating their paddling pool (Credit: Lainey Thomson)

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The idea was first discussed on Facebook's Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It group. One woman asked other members for advice after explaining her 8ft paddling pool was freezing cold.

"Fill with cold from outside tap then cover with black bin bags. Leave for an hour! The sun is drawn to the black bags and heats it up. Works a treat every time," one person commented.

While another said: "If it's in direct sunlight, put some black bin liners on the top of the water. The sun heats the bags up which heats the water. We did it the other day and it worked."

Simply cover the pool with a black bin bag - but make sure you reuse them (Credit: Lainey Thomson)
Simply cover the pool with a black bin bag - but make sure you reuse them (Credit: Lainey Thomson)
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Of course, if you are going to use black bin bags, then you should be reusing them each time instead of throwing them away.

They can be dried out on the washing line and used as regular bin bags, or why not keep the same one specifically for heating the pool?

We're definitely trying this - no more kettle runs!

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Life News, Home, Life Hack, Garden

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]