Learn how to make a DIY solar pool heater with supplies from the dollar store. Heat your pool by harnessing the power of the sun with this easy tutorial using a pool noodle, hula hoop and a trash bag.
DIY Solar Pool Heater
This DIY solar pool heater is so easy even a child could make it. In fact, my seven year old daughter, Chloe lent me a helping hand.
It seems like kids have no trouble jumping into freezing cold pools and lakes. I remember when I was young I lived for the water and would regularly swim in glacier lakes while we were on family camping trips.
Flash forward and my daughter and her little friends will stay in the pool as long as possible and tell me they're "not cold" as their teeth chatter and their lips look a little purple.
Now that I am an adult, there is no way I'm dipping my toes into an unheated pool. If it's not above 80 degrees in the water, I'm staying out of it.
How to Heat Your Pool for Cheap
If you are tired of your pool being freezing cold in the summer then try these cheap and easy homemade lily pad heaters. You can buy the supplies at the dollar store and each of the hoops will cost less than $3.
The more lily pads you add to your pool the better it will work. Let them float on the surface of the water when you aren't swimming and take them out when you're ready to go for a dip in the water!
Check out the video where Chloe helps me make these easy DIY solar heaters and then try making some for yourself.
Supplies for Hula Hoop Pool Heater
- Hula hoop
- Pool noodle
- Black trash bag
- Duct tape
- Sharp knife
Instructions for Homemade Solar Heater
- First, place the hula hoop inside the garbage bag and tie it shut. Secure with duct tape if necessary.
- Cut the pool noodle into three pieces. Cut a slit down one side of each of the three pieces.
- Slide the pool noodles over the edge of the hula hoop.
- Secure with duct tape to hold them in place.
- Place the solar heaters on the surface of the pool. Remove when you want to swim.
Have you made a solar heater for your pool before? Let me know how it worked in the comments!