Bringing your own inflatable balls and rafts to the town pool or a friend's house is a great way to keep the little ones occupied for hours. However, figuring out how to deflate pool toys can be the biggest drag of what's otherwise one of the most enjoyable parts of summer. After all, pool toys are cheap to buy and easy to use, and they provide endless hours of entertainment for the kids and grandkids (and let's face it, for the adults, too!). There's just something about those bright colors that makes us want to take a dive into the nearest body of water.
But with the fun summer setup comes the cleanup — and having to deflate pool toys at the end of a long, hot day is time-consuming and downright irritating. So in order to speed up the task, we found a clever solution anyone can copy. The best part? You need only one essential item, and you probably already have it on hand right at home.
Deflate Pool Toys in Seconds: A Guide
Step 1. Pack a binder clip in your beach bag. Yes, we're talking about those big claw-like clips that are probably clasping a batch of bills in your messy paperwork drawer right now. Grab one of them 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. When you're ready to deflate the pool toy, use the binder clip to apply pressure to the valve. This method allows air to escape more easily.
Step 3. Now, you’ll have both hands free to press the air out of the inflatables. You’ll be done in a jiffy!
The hardest part will probably be remembering to pack the binder clip in the first place, though you can always leave yourself a reminder note. With this handy trick, you can say goodbye to wasting precious time on this aggravating task and say hello to soaking up every last bit of summer with the people you love.