Hot tubs can provide hours of relaxation and stress relief, but they require regular cleaning. Bacteria, dirt, oils and soap can build up in your hot tub and its plumbing with time and use. In addition to cleaning the tub surface weekly, you should clean out the jet system at least once a month to keep it running smoothly. A regular cleaning schedule can help prevent the spread of infection and keep your hot tub looking its best.

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Hot tubs are available in a variety of shapes, colors and styles.

Step 1

Spray the hot tub surface with a nonabrasive bathroom cleaner. You can also use equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Wipe the tub thoroughly with a cloth or damp sponge to remove any dirt or debris. Wipe the control panel and the outside of the tub as well. Rinse thoroughly and dry the controls with a towel.

Step 2

Fill the tub above the jets with hot water. Add 1/4 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent or 1/2 cup of bleach to the water. Turn on the jets for 15 minutes and turn them off. Drain the water from the tub.

Step 3

Fill the tub above the jets with cold water. Turn on the jets for 15 minutes and turn them off. Drain the water and dry out the tub with a towel.