Mum's genius tip for keeping her paddling pool clean between uses goes viral

With the heatwave sizzling on, Britain's paddling pools are getting a lot of use – as parents scramble to keep their kids cool.

But, as any paddling pool owner is aware, they have a frustrating habit of attracting leaves and bugs when not in use.

So what's the solution?

Mum-of-eight Deborah Hitchens, of the Family Days Tried & Tested Facebook group, shared a hack suggested by fellow mother Sarah Jane Bennett earlier this week.

She suggests using an old fitted sheet to cover the pool when it's not in use – and it's gone down a treat on social media.

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The post has racked up more than 10,000 shares, 2,200 comments and a further 2,000 likes.

Jane McCusker wrote: "Been doing that this summer and thought I was being waaay imaginative until I saw this post!"

While Olivia Grace Lofts labelled the tip a "game changer", and Chloe Lea said it was a "fab idea".

Mumsnetters have also discussed the hack in the past, with one woman saying: "If the pool is right shape it works perfect".

Will you be trying it this summer?

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