Why Should You Be Cleaning a Jetted Bathtub…
Why should you be cleaning your jetted bathtub? Dirty bath water contains remaining soap, skin cells, body oils and bacteria that are naturally present on you and creates a slimy film called biofilm (read all about this not so lovely substance here) that grows in your jetted bathtubs lines. If you are not keeping these lines clean then odors, mold and mildew, discoloration and infection can all occur.
Cleaning a Jetted Bathtub
Well I never thought I would be welcoming you all into my bathroom but I know that most newer houses these days have these tubs in them and I can’t keep this to myself! If I could turn back time I would have NEVER put a jetted bathtub in the house but it seemed like a fun idea at the time – until I had to keep it clean.
I have tried just about everything over the past 6 years and it was no good until now. This is going to take you about an hour so go ahead and plan for that now – fortunately most of the hour is spent waiting so you can get the rest of the bathroom clean while you are doing this.
You may think that the first thing to do is clean the tub, you would be wrong because your tub is going to get pretty gross before it gets better. First up you want to clean the exterior of the jets. I mixed up a paste of baking soda and peroxide and used an old toothbrush to scrub around and inside the jets. You can go ahead and turn on the hot water while you are doing this since it takes a little while to fill the tub over the jets.
Once the water is covering the jets (make sure to adjust your jets downward) add 2-4 cups of white vinegar. Vinegar is a mild acid that will help to kill mold and mildew. Go ahead and turn on the jets and let them run for about 10 minutes. While the jets are still running you will add 1 cup of borax (use salt/baking soda if you do not have Borax). This will literally scrub out the lines and trust me, the goo will start coming out – yuk!
I kept the jets running for about 15 minutes once I added the Borax. Once you turn off the jets you can drain the tub and get a nice look at all the nastiness that was in your lines. This is the time to give the tub a good cleaning. I used Soft Scrub with bleach just because I had no idea what germs were lining my tub. Once you get the tub nice and clean you will fill it back up with hot water and run the jets again for a few minutes. If your water is still pretty clean after a few minutes then you should be good to go – if there is still a lot of stuff coming out of the jets then you will want to repeat the process.
OK -so the bad news is that we really should be doing this once a week. The good news is that if we are doing it once a week then it won’t be quite as gross. I am keeping a gallon of white vinegar under the sink so that I can just run it through every week while I am cleaning the bathroom.
You may also wonder why I am not using bleach. For one, bleach can actually cause a sticky film. More importantly, this is the tub that I bath my children in and I bleach is just too harsh of a product to use around them. I did use some while scrubbing the tub only because I was really afraid of what had just come out of my jets . If you do decide to use bleach make sure to use it sparingly – a little goes a very long way. Also make sure that you thoroughly flush the jets after you have run the bleach through.
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