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You’ve just finished a long run, or a bike ride or some other physical activity.  Or you simply came home from a hard day at work.  What better way to unwind than to soak in your hot tub, perhaps turning on some music and enjoying a beverage.

Keep using it without cleaning it, though, and you are liable to be greeted with grease and gunk, as well as an unpleasant odor.  That means you already should have cleaned the tub.  Fortunately, cleaning it is easy, and you should do it at least once a month; more if you the tub a lot.    Here are the simple steps.

  1. Fill the tub with hot water (up to 140 degrees F) to approximately four inches above the highest jets.
  2. Turn off the air induction valve so only water is going through the pipes and not air.
  3. For a one person tub, add two teaspoons of granular Cascade.  Cascade is based on enzymatic action and not acid, which can scratch or tarnish the surface.  For two-person tubs, use up to two tablespoons.
  4. For one-person tubs, add four to six ounces of bleach, which acts as a disinfectant. For two-person tubs, use eight to 10 ounces.
  5. Run the jets for 15 to 20 minutes at the highest pressure.
  6. Drain the tub and wipe out any residue.
  7. Refill the tub with cold water and again four inches above the highest jets.
  8. Run the jets for another five to 10 minutes.
  9. Drain the tub and clean it thoroughly again.
  10. If you are still not satisfied, or if there is still an odor, repeat the process.
  11. If you are satisfied, fill the tub with hot water, get in, and enjoy.  But a few last caveats:
    a. Never start the jets unless they are covered by at least a few inches of water.  Otherwise, you will burn out the motor.
    b. Never use bubble bath or bath oils in your tub, as they leave residue.
    c. Do not use anti-bacterial soap, especially the liquid soap, as it will cause unpleasant odors.

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