Relaxing in a jetted tub is the perfect way to soothe away stress and sore muscles. If you have one, you probably consider yourself lucky. But at the same time, you might be worried about bacteria lurking in all those nooks and crannies. Honestly, jetted tubs can be pretty tough to get clean. Thank goodness we’re about to give you an easier way to make sure those jets aren’t harboring the “ewwww factor.” Note: Always check your manual before cleaning for specific information on your specific model.
1. Bleach Solution
Bleach is great for eliminating those germs. Fill your tub with hot water until your jets are covered by 2 or 3 inches. Then add 2 Tablespoons low-bubbling dish soap and 1/2 cup bleach. Now a word from your manufacturer: some tub makers warn against bleach, since over time it can cause those internal gaskets to dry out. So you might want to limit your bleach use to tub-germ emergencies, and use vinegar as an alternative in your more frequent cleanings.
After you’ve added the water and other ingredients, run your jets for about 15 minutes. Then drain the tub and fill it again (cold water is okay here). Turn it on for 10 minutes to “rinse” the jets out. Drain your tub and give it a rinse as you normally would after cleaning.
2. Foaming Cleaner
You know the stuff…that scrubbing, bubbling cleaner you spray on and then wipe off? You can spray this cleaner into the outer parts of each jet. Let it do it’s thing for 5-10 minutes, then wipe it down with a Magic Eraser or scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse clean. This is a quicker option if your tub is clean but you’re worried about the jets.
3. Bio Cleaner
The procedure here is similar to the bleach / vinegar option above. Fill your tub with water so jets are well covered. Then turn on your tub and pour in about 2 oz (follow the label) of a bio cleaner meant for jetted tubs, such as Oh Yuk from BioWorx. Let it run for about 10 minutes. You might be shocked at what comes out of those jets! You can fill your tub again with water and run it for a few minutes to rinse, or check the label directions for the recommended rinsing procedure.