5 Pool Noodle Hacks For Your Home: Cleaning, Storage & More

Unleash the power of the pool noodle! From storage solutions to cleaning hacks, these pool noodle hacks demonstrate surprising ways to put colorful pool floats to good use around your home.

You learn how to build sturdy storage shelves, keep curtains perfectly spaced, create budget-friendly solar heaters for your pool, store your boots upright and wrinkle-free, and extend the reach of your faucet hose—all by using a pool noodle.

Get ready to be amazed by the versatility of this poolside staple!

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1. Pool Noodle Basket Shelves

Looking for a quick and budget-friendly way to add storage to your bathroom (or any room!)? This DIY project from Chas' Crazy Creations uses dollar store baskets and pool noodles to create a functional and stylish shelf.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 Baskets (same size) from Dollar Tree
  • Pool noodle
  • Hot glue gun
  • E6000 glue (optional, for extra hold)
Attaching the baskets together with pool noodles

Step 1: Stack and Glue the Baskets

Begin by stacking three baskets on top of each other. Use hot glue to secure the rims of the baskets together. Apply glue generously and hold them firmly in place for a few seconds to ensure a strong bond.

Extra Strength (Optional): For added security, especially if the baskets are flimsy, apply a line of E6000 glue along the glued seams after the hot glue has dried. Let the E6000 cure completely according to the manufacturer's instructions (usually 24-72 hours).

Step 2: Pool Noodle Support

Now, it's time to add stability to the structure. Cut strips of pool noodle slightly narrower than the gaps between the baskets. Hot glue these strips vertically between the baskets, filling the gaps completely. This will help the baskets maintain their shape and prevent them from leaning.

Bottom Support (Optional): Cut a section of pool noodle and slice it in half lengthwise. You'll have two flat, noodle pieces. Hot glue these flat pieces to the bottom of the stacked baskets, with the rounded side facing the floor. This will add stability and elevate the shelf slightly.

Fill and Enjoy! Once the glue has dried completely, your DIY storage shelf is ready to use! Add baskets inside for smaller items or simply place items directly on the shelves.

DIY pool noodle and basket shelving unit

2. Grommet Tab Curtain Fix

This tutorial by While I Linger solves the problem of unevenly spaced grommet curtains. Here's the solution:

  • Get a pool noodle (ideally matching your curtain or rod color).
  • Cut the noodle lengthwise for easier placement.
  • Slice the noodle into 2-inch sections (you'll need 8 per curtain rod).
  • Slide these sections behind each curtain fold on the rod.

This cheap and easy hack (using a pool noodle or even empty paper towel rolls!) keeps your curtains evenly spaced and looking their best.

How to fix curtain spacing with pool noodles by While I Linger

3. Solar Heating Lily Pads For a Pool

Enjoy a warmer pool without breaking the bank thanks to this easy DIY solar heater project! This tutorial by Adrienne Carrie Hubbard of Crafty Little Gnome shows you how to create a budget-friendly solar pool heater using dollar store supplies.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Hula hoop
  • Pool noodle
  • Black trash bag
  • Serrated knife
  • Duct tape
Solar heating lily pad by Adrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome

Step 1: Create the Solar Absorber

Place the hula hoop inside a black trash bag and tie it securely. Black absorbs heat from the sun, warming the water trapped inside. You'll need one hoop and bag per heater.

Step 2: Pool Noodle Floats

Cut your pool noodle into three equal pieces. Then, carefully cut a slit down the side of each piece lengthwise. You'll use one noodle per heater.

Slide the pool noodle sections over the hula hoop and secure them with duct tape. Space them evenly around the hoop for better water flow.

Step 3: Heat Up Your Pool!

Simply place your completed solar heater(s) in your pool. The more heaters you use, the faster the water will warm up. Sunny days are ideal for maximum heat absorption.

DIY hack to heat a pool by Adrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome

4. Boot Storage

Tired of floppy boots? Here's a quick boot storage hack from Chas' Crazy Creations! You just need a pool noodle and a knife.

Step 1: Measure & Cut

Grab a pool noodle and measure it against your boot to determine the right height. Use a knife or saw to cut the noodle to size.

Measuring the size of the pool noodle by Chas' Crazy Creations

Step 2: Boot Up

Simply place the pool noodle cut-out inside each boot. This will help them stand upright and maintain their shape.

Pool noodle boot storage hack by Chas' Crazy Creations

5. Pool Noodle Hose

This trick from Chas' Crazy Creations uses a pool noodle to simplify your tile floor cleaning routine!

Step 1: Vinegar Power

Mix a solution of 1 part vinegar and 9 parts water in a bucket.

Attaching the pool noodle to the faucet by Chas' Crazy Creations

Step 2: Pool Noodle Hack

Slip one end of a pool noodle onto your faucet hose and secure it. Place the other end of the noodle into the vinegar cleaning solution in the bucket. This extends your faucet reach for easier pouring.

Voila! Now you're ready to tackle those grimy tiles!

Water coming out the other end by Chas' Crazy Creations

More Pool Noodle Hacks

So there you have it! These are just a few of the many surprising ways you can put pool noodles to work in your home.

Do you have any pool noodle hacks of your own to recommend? Share them in the comment section below.

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