How to Clean a Hot Tub

by Jon Reyes

You’ve enjoyed using that hot tub so much and you’ve even had a few parties with friends. Now you’re wondering how best to give your hot tub a good and thorough cleaning so that it’s all ready for next time.


This is not the most fun job, but it’s very important to keep your hot tub clean so that you help prevent bacteria build up and anyone getting sick. There’s also nothing appealing about trying to relax at the end of the day with a scummy hot tub at your disposal.

The first step is to drain it. In order to give it a cleaning it’ll need to be empty so that you can reach and scrub the bottom and sides, as well as cleaning out the jets. Once you’ve drained it, there are a variety of ways that you can clean your tub. Keep reading for some interesting household products to use for hot tub cleaning.

If your hot tub sits under or nearby a tree, it very likely has acquired some sap. You won’t want to scrape it off in case you damage the finish, but there’s an easier way. Take a little margarine or olive oil and dab it on the sappy spots. Use a rag to rub it in and watch that sap just peel away!

Use diluted vinegar (try a 50/50 mix in a spray bottle or large bowl) to wipe away that yucky white water line, as well as to disinfect the rest of the tub. Vinegar is cheap, readily available, and easily cleans a lot of surfaces around your home. You can also use this solution to clean your hot tub cover, as it’s easy on vinyl.

Diluted bleach is another option that you can use in the same way you would use a vinegar solution, but take care; bleach can ruin or eat away at your hot tub cover so stick to using bleach only on the tub itself.

If you have some stubborn spots in the tub, tackle them with some baking soda. This is a wonderful abrasive and can be used in conjunction with vinegar for awesome cleaning power. After scrubbing, use a rag to wipe as much baking soda free as you can, and then rinse well.

There are also a variety of great cleaning products on the market especially made for your hot tub, so be sure to take a look. You can ask your hot tub provider for the best products they have to recommend.

It’s also helpful to clean out the spray cartridges. Probably the easiest method is to remove them and spray them down with a garden hose, or soak and scrub them in mild solution (either store bought or one of the solutions outlined above). You also have to remember to change your filters every 3 years or so, depending on your individual hot tub use. Keeping on top of maintenance will help to keep your tub in good running order.

Article by Jon Reyes, a guest writer from Steam Shower Store. Jon is a specialist writer and has extensive knowledge in everything related to steam showers, saunas and hydrotherapy benefits.

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