How to Clean Whirlpool Bathtub Jets

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

Drain the tub completely.

Tip

Repeat this process once or twice a month as regular maintenance.

Dishwasher tablets are perfect low-foam detergents to clean a whirlpool tub.

Warning

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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