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5 household products to clean your hot tub

Did you know that you can maintain a perfectly clean and healthy hot tub using readily available household products? Yes, you don’t need to spend lots of cash on expensive chemicals to keep your hot tub clean. This is excellent news because hot tubs require regular cleaning, which can easily turn out to be quite expensive if you are not careful. Also, the household products we are going to discuss are not just ideal because they are readily available, but also because they get the job done without affecting how your tub looks. This means you can clean your tub thoroughly without worrying about ruining its color or surface.

So, without wasting any more time, here are the top 5 household products you can use to clean your hot tub:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a versatile cleaner found in probably every household. It works really well as an abrasive or a base cleaner, helping to eliminate even the most stubborn stains without too much straining.

Baking soda can be used to clean a hot tub alone, or you can mix it with chlorine bleach and cold water for even better results. One common recipe is mixing 1 tsp of baking soda with 1 cup of chlorine bleach and 1 cup of cold water in a spray bottle. Make sure to mix the chemicals with your gloves, respirator, and safety goggles on. Proceed to spray the chemicals throughout the empty tub, ensuring that every part of the surface is covered. Let the tub sit with the chemicals for around 15 minutes and then scrub it with a sponge. Finish up by rinsing the tub thoroughly using a garden hose.

For safety purposes, make sure you do the cleaning with the windows and doors open if the hot tub is indoors.

White Vinegar

Vinegar is an easily available product used for cleaning different surfaces, especially in the kitchen. This acidic chemical is very useful for removing scum in hot tubs and other areas. It charges the particles of the stains you are removing, making them shift from the surface to water molecules of the opposite charge.

In addition to being so effective, people love using white vinegar because it is affordable and is friendly to different materials. For instance, white vinegar is known to be gentler to vinyl hot tub covers than most heavy-duty cleaners available on the market.

To clean your hot tub using vinegar, you need 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of cold water, and a spray bottle. You also need a sponge for scrubbing and some gloves to protect your hands. Mix the vinegar with the cold water and pack the mixture into the spray bottle. Drain the hot tub and then spray the vinegar solution to the tub. Let the solution sit on the tub for around 15 minutes. This makes it easier to remove the scum. After the 15 minutes, pick up the sponge and start scrubbing the tub. Make sure you have your gloves on. Once you are satisfied with the scrubbing and results, take the garden hose and rinse the tub thoroughly.

The white vinegar solution can also be used to clean hot tub filters. However, it’s not very effective for hot tub pipes.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is an interesting pantry ingredient that can be used for different purposes, including cleaning a hot tub cover and shell. It works like detergent or soap in that it loosens the grease connecting a stain or dirt to a surface, thus making it easier for you to get rid of the stain. But unlike harsh chemical detergents, olive oil is a gentle green solution that cleanses your tub without unnecessary risks.

To clean your hot tub using olive oil, you need 1 cup of olive oil, a sponge or microfiber cleaning cloth, a mild soap like 2tbsp of castile soap, gloves, and warm water.

Start by draining the hot tub and giving it some time to dry up. Put on your gloves and put on a little oil on the sponge or microfiber cloth. Rub the tub with the cloth gently until the scum or stains start to break up. Do this throughout the tub while paying special attention to the noticeable sticky spots or stains. You should also replace the cloth in case it dries up or gets filled with dirt. Once you are done cleaning with the olive oil, take the castile soap and mix it with warm water. Dip the cloth into the mixture and use it to clean your hot tub once more. Finish up by rinsing the hot tub with lots of clean water.

Diluted Bleach

Bleach is a great option when your hot tub is both dirty and infected with bacteria. This tough chemical helps to clean and sanitize your tub, thereby making it healthier to use. Due to its aggressive nature, it’s important that you take the necessary safety measures to keep yourself and the tub safe. You can start by wearing rubber gloves and making sure that the tub is thoroughly rinsed both before and after using the bleach. This is crucial because bleach can combine with other chemicals to form toxic fumes.

The materials you need here are bleach, a disposable sponge, a spray bottle or a bucket, rubber gloves, and warm water.

Drain the hot tub and make sure it is not covered by any other chemicals i.e., spray it with clean water to get rid of other chemicals that you might have used for cleaning the tub or treating the water. Once the tub is ready, put on your gloves and mix the bleach with water in the spray bottle or bucket. Most people prefer using the spray bottle because it’s easier to control. Spray the mixture to the tub and let it sit for 15 minutes. Proceed to scrub the surface with your disposable sponge. Wrap it up by rinsing the tub thoroughly.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is great for cleaning up stainless steel and chrome fixtures on the hot tub. It leaves these areas sparkling clean hence giving your entire tub a stunning look.

All you need here is diluted rubbing alcohol containing at least 90% alcohol, a spray bottle, gloves, and a sponge or microfiber cleaning cloth.

Drain the tub and spray the rubbing alcohol to all the stainless steel or chrome surfaces in or around the tub. Take the sponge and scrub the surfaces until all the debris and stains are removed. Finish by rinsing the surfaces before refilling your tub.

Rubbing alcohol can be used alongside the other four cleaning chemicals discussed above. Use it for the metal areas while cleaning the hot tub shell with the other products.

Final Thoughts

With the above materials, keeping your hot tub clean and healthy should be much easier and more convenient. You don’t have to worry about going shopping in search of other harsh chemicals when you have these products in your kitchen cabinet or the laundry room. Also, these are much cheaper and gentler as compared to the chemical-based commercial alternatives. Just make sure to use them properly, especially in the case of bleach.

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