I’ve already told you guys a little bit about the master bathroom in our house (mostly that it was covered in wallpaper), but I neglected to mention my favorite thing about it: we have a fantastic bathtub. It’s big and deep and has those jacuzzi jets on the sides, so with just one little punch of a button we practically have a hot tub. I can’t say that I’m proud of this, but that bathtub was kind of a big selling point for the house.
Something that I didn’t consider until after we’d bought the house, however, was that jacuzzi bathtubs are rather more difficult to clean than regular bathtubs. Think about it for a minute. There are tubes that suck up dirty bathwater and shoot it back out at you. That’s bad enough when it’s your dirty bathwater, or your family’s dirty bathwater, but when the dirty bathwater that has been coursing through those jets for the past decade belongs to people that you’ve never even met, cleaning the jets suddenly becomes a huge priority. Add that to the fact that our house hadn’t been lived in for several months and there were dead bugs in the bathtub and (I suspected) inside the jets, and you will understand exactly how frantic I was to get that tub clean.
(I’m sorry if I just ruined Jacuzzi tubs for you.)
How to Clean a Jetted Tub
Luckily, it doesn’t take a lot of supplies to clean your bathtub well. I’m sure you already have everything you need.
- baking soda (buy it in bulk here)
- cleaning rag
- your spouse’s toothbrush (Just kidding! Use an old one!)
First, you’re going to need to clean all the normal parts of your tub. My favorite thing to use for cleaning bathtubs is baking soda. It’s abrasive enough to take away mold and soap scum, but it doesn’t scratch the tub.
Sprinkle a coating of baking soda over your tub, then scrub with an old, damp cloth. Pay special attention to the waterline area, the faucet, and the area around the drain. Don’t worry about rinsing out the baking soda just yet!
You might not be able to see deeply into the tub jets, but with a toothbrush you can deep-clean around the outside of them. Most jacuzzi jets twist to change the water pressure, so it’s easy for them to collect mildew between the tub and the… twisty parts. (There must be a more technical term for them, but I have no idea what it is.) Anyway, loosen them up as much as you can so that you can scrub behind them with your toothbrush.
Without rinsing away the baking soda, fill up your tub with water. You don’t have to fill it completely, but fill it enough that the jets will run. I tend to use cold water for the sake of conserving energy, but if your tub is especially dirty, hot water will help loosen the grime.
Add three cups of vinegar to the water, and turn on your jets. Let them run for at least three minutes, or longer if you’re seeing bits of build-up in the water.
If there was a lot of build-up in your pipes, you’re going to need to drain your tub and fill it up again. I know that’s hard to do from a water conservation standpoint, but it’s the only way to ensure that your pipes are truly clean.
When I gave our tub the first good cleaning, I had to re-fill the tub four times. The good news, though, is that I haven’t had to do that since. For regular maintenance cleaning, once is usually enough.
If the thought of filling up your bathtub with water just for the sake of cleaning it makes you cringe, you can try to use the water in other ways. Sometimes when it gets cold in the winter or we’re expecting a big storm, I’ll fill up our bathtub with water in case we have a power outage. When we are back to normal and the threat of a power outage is over, I use that water to give our jets a quick clean. I’ve also run the jets after a bath before. I can’t say that counts as cleaning, but it does help eliminate build-up in your pipes.
Do you guys have any awesome tips for cleaning jacuzzi-style tubs? Let us know!