By Bud Coburn
You’re soaking in your hot whirlpool bathtub and turn on your jets. At first, you notice some black things floating in the water, but then you take a closer look and the black goo is everywhere. What has probably happened is your pipes and tubes for the jets have slowly built up grime–possibly from shampoo, bubble bath, soaps and bath oil that have passed through when you turn on your jets. This grime may contain bacteria and mold. But follow a few simple tricks, and your whirlpool tub will be the relaxing getaway it was meant to be.
Fill up your tub with hot water a few inches above the jet line and run the jets for 15 minutes. Make sure there are no children or pets to accidentally fall in.
Pour 1/2 cup bleach and 1/4 cup dish washing detergent into the hot water. Use a low-foaming dish detergent.
Drain and rinse your tub. Be sure to get all the bleach, detergent and grime down the drain.
Fill up your tub with cold water a few inches above the jet line and run the jets for 15 minutes. Do not add anything to this water.
Drain and clean your tub. Use a cotton swab for the outside of your jets. Get a wet cotton swab and start to clean around and in your jets the best that you can to be sure nothing else is stuck. Also, clean your tub as you normally would, with a cleaner that will not scratch your surface. Rinse thoroughly.
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