Bringing your own inflatable balls and rafts to the town pool or to a friends’ house is a great way to keep the little ones occupied for hours, right? But figuring out how to delate pool toys can be the biggest drag of what's otherwise one of the funnest — and easiest — parts of summer. After all, pool toys are cheap to buy, and they provide endless hours of entertainment for the grandkids (or let's face it, for the adults too!). There's just something about those bright colors that makes us want to do a cannonball splash into the nearest body of water, stat!
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But with the fun summer setup comes the cleanup, too — and having to deflate pool toys at the end of a long hot day is time consuming. To speed up the task, we found a clever solution anyone can do. The best part? You need only one essential item, and you probably already have it on-hand right at home.
Step 1. Pack a binder clip in your beach bag. You know, those big claw-type clips that are probably holding together a batch of bills in your messy paperwork drawer? Grab one and throw it in your beach bag, right next to the towels and sunscreen. Much like duct tape, it's a versatile household item that's good for more than just its main purpose.
Step 2. Use the clip to apply pressure to the valve. This is so air can escape more easily.
Step 3. Now you’ll have both hands free to press the air out of inflatables. With two free hands, you’ll be done in a jiffy!
That's all it takes — and in fact, the hardest part will probably be remembering to pack the blinder clip in your bag. As the smartest woman at the pool, you'll be a hit with all your friends this summer. And your grandkids might just think you're a genius, which is always a plus!
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