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The Versatility of Pool Noodles

July 04, 2016

If you are wondering what pool noodles are, go and visit a swimming pool; you will find first-time swimmers using them to help keep afloat. Pool noodles are also popular with kids as pool-side and beach-side toys. The noodles are made of polyethylene foam, a water resistant substance that does not get wet and always floats. When water touches the polyethylene pool noodle, it just beads right off instead of soaking through.

Pool noodles are practical to buy in bulk and are primarily used as floating toys in the swimming pool. However, there are many alternate and creative applications for polyethylene noodles around the home. Pool noodles are extremely versatile for inexpensive DIY projects. You can use a serrated knife to cut a pool noodle to the right size and create a bumper for your garage door. The cushy foam protects the car door from scratches.

For seasonal storage, pool noodles can be placed inside boots so that their shapes are retained while tucked away in the closet. When you store knee-high boots that you usually use during winter, there is a tendency for them to fold and create wrinkles. If you cut a pool noodle according to the height of the boot, the rigid foam will keep the boot upright and in good condition.

Pool noodles are available in different colors, sizes, and dimensions. One thing is for certain, they are incredibly safe in the hands of children. Even if they hit each other with a pool noodle, you need not worry about anyone being hurt—polyethylene foam is a very lightweight material. You can also encourage your kids to be creative. Give them a pair of scissors and some duct tape so that they can build their own toys. There are many unique DIY craft ideas for pool noodles available, from making and painting your own medieval swords to miniature foam navy armadas.