Cleaning your Whirlpool Tub

What’s more relaxing than taking a long, hot soak in your whirlpool tub after a hectic day? Light a few candles, lock the door and you are having a spa-like experience in your very own bathroom! All your stress, muscle aches and pains give way to the pulsating vibrations from your tub’s massaging  jets. But have you ever considered what is going on behind those jets?

A jetted tub circulates a mixture of air and water through tubes which propel the water back into the tub creating a massage experience for the user. However, because the water continually circulates through the tub, soap, oil and dirt can collect in the tubes. Any moisture remaining in the tubes after the tub is drained, is left to dry any way that it can. This can lead to a build-up of mildew and mold, as well as bacterial growth. There goes your spa-like experience! Fortunately, cleaning a whirlpool tub is easily done with these simple steps:

1. Fill the tub with enough water to cover the jets by at least 2-3 inches.

2. Add 1/2 cup of household bleach and 1 tablespoon of low or non-foaming dishwasher detergent. Be sure to avoid foaming detergents since the tubs whirling action could fill your bathroom with bubbles!

3. Run the tub jets for 15-20 minutes, observing all the gunk that comes out of the jets. Eeeww!

4. Drain the tub and re-fill with cold water.

5. Run the jets again for 10-15 minutes and once again drain water. Excessively dirty tubs may require additional cleaning and rinsing.

6. Wipe down the tub surface with an all purpose bathroom cleaner. An old toothbrush or Q-tips work well for getting the outside surfaces of the jets clean.

 We recommend flushing your whirlpool system atleast once a month; with more or less depending on how often the tub is used. A well maintained whirlpool tub can provide many tranquilizing soaks for years to come!


These tips are only suggestions for maintaining your appliances, you should always refer to your manufacturer's manual for specific care instructions and warranty requirements. Please see our full disclaimer on our website.