As a homeowner, you most likely know the value of outdoor living. Decks, patios, and swimming pools are smart investments to increase space for entertaining and relaxing. In addition, they add appeal and equity to your house. To enhance this value and appeal, you may be considering a hot tub. Outdoor spas offer enormous health benefits that may surprise you. From a decrease in stress and anxiety to pain relief and increased blood circulation, the benefits of a hot tub are easy to see. While valuable and beneficial to your body and mind, they do require periodic maintenance. Using this guide on natural cleaning for your hot tub, you can protect your special investment and enjoy your relaxing spa.
Draining your Hot Tub
Similar to a swimming pool, hot tubs require chlorine to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the water. While chlorine is effective, cleaning the interior of your spa is also necessary. However, before cleaning the interior tub, you will need to drain the water out.
To get started, turn your heater off remove the filters to your hot tub. Place the filers to the side to begin the draining process.
Using your garden hose is the easiest way to drain the tub. Turn the jets of your spa on and connect one end of your garden hose to one jet. This will create a force through the hose that siphons the water out of the tub. Once you drain the water, power down all electricity to the spa. Then, you can clean the interior tub and filters.
Cleaning the Interior
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, creates carbonation when it encounters water. This carbonation will dissolve away dirt and debris without harsh chemicals. While effective for cleaning the interior, it is also safe and gentle to use in your hot tub. In a spray bottle, combine the following:
- 3 cups of water
- ½ cup of baking soda
Shake the spray bottle to mix the ingredients. Douse on the interior of your hot tub and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Use a wet sponge to wipe areas with heavier patches of dirt or grime. Be sure your hot tub's drain spigot is open to prevent dirty water from accumulating on the bottom of your spa. Use your garden hose to rinse out the interior.
Removing Mold and Algae
Even if you use a cover and clean your spa regularly, you may develop mold or algae inside the basin. Bleach will quickly kill these dark, green patches, but a more natural cleanser is safer for the environment and your health.
To remove mold or algae from your interior tub, consider vinegar. Containing 5 percent acetic acid, vinegar is naturally antibacterial and antiviral. Due to these properties, it can effective remove mold and algae growth. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of white vinegar. Douse the solution on your basin and allow to sit for 15 minutes. For stubborn areas, use a wet sponge to scrub off the unhealthy patches. Rinse with your garden hose.
Cleaning the Filters
Filters are key components to your hot tub since they trap dirt, debris, and bacteria from flowing through the jets. Thankfully, cleaning your filters is a simple task that only requires a gentle soap and warm water.
Pour 2 gallons of warm water in a large bucket. Add 2 cups of borax to the bucket and mix. Place your filters in the solution to soak them for a few hours. After soaking, rinse them with your garden hose before reinstalling in your hot tub.
Enjoying the benefits of hydrotherapy, relaxation, and added home value is possible when maintaining your special spa. Using this natural guide, your outdoor spa will be a favorite part of your home. Keeping your spa clean should help it last longer, but if it has other issues, don't hesitate to contact a local contractor that specializes in spa repairs.