How to Clean Whirlpool Bathtub Jets

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Learn to clean your whirlpool bathtub jets regularly.
Learn to clean your whirlpool bathtub jets regularly. (Image: Bath Tub image by Ritu Jethani from Fotolia.com)

The luxury of a whirlpool tub to soak away your stress and worry is an enviable one but the small black particles that suddenly appear after a month of use is not. Cleaning your whirlpool bathtub jets is important not only to maintain the sanctity of your at-home spa oasis but also to prevent illness-causing contamination of bacteria and mold. Regular maintenance can both preserve your stress-relieving tub and your health.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tablet or 1/4 cup of liquid low-foaming dish detergent
  • 3/4 cup borax or oxygen bleach
  • Cotton swabs

Fill the tub to just above the jets with hot water. The water should be between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add one tablet or 1/4 cup of dish detergent and 3/4 cup borax or oxygen bleach to the tub.

Turn on the water jets with the air induction off, letting them run 10 to 15 minutes.

Drain the tub and swab the inside of the jets with a cotton swab.

Refill the tub to just above the jet level with cold water, allowing the jets to run for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Drain the tub completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Repeat this process once or twice a month as regular maintenance.
  • Dishwasher tablets are perfect low-foam detergents to clean a whirlpool tub.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach despite manufacturer's recommendations because it is highly corrosive, toxic and a known air pollutant.
  • Also despite common recommendations, never mix chlorine bleach and dish detergent; many antibacterial dish detergents contain ammonia and the combination can create mustard gas.

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