Don't Bathe in Yuck - Clean Your Jetted Tub


Jetted bathtubs should be cleaned regularly, especially before you use it the first time after moving into your home.  The pipes that supply water to the jets run around the outside of the tub and often don’t drain completely after each use.  The water left in the pipes can harbor dirt, soap scum and oils.  This dark, damp environment is the perfect condition for bacteria growth.   Not only is it disgusting when your clean bath water turns dark after you start the jets, it can also be unhealthful, possibly leading to skin irritation, respiratory problems, urinary tract infections and Staph infections. 

However, the solution is easy.  Clean and sterilize the tub. 

First consult the owner’s manual of the tub and follow the cleaning instructions as provided.

Here are standard cleaning instructions if no owner’s manual is available:

  1. Fill the bathtub up to the overflow drain with hot water. 
  2. Commercial cleaning products are available or add ¼ cup dishwasher and ½ cup bleach.  
  3. Close the air intake valves.
  4. Run the pump for 15 minutes. 
  5. Drain the tub and wipe out any remaining residue.   
  6. Refill the bathtub with hot water. 
  7. Run the pump for 10 minutes.
  8. Drain the bathtub and wipe out any remaining residue. 
  9. Wait for the water heater to catch up and enjoy your bath.