Whirlpool Tubs What They Don’t Tell You

January 30, 2012 by  
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When we had our house built a few years ago, it was such an exciting process.  There is nothing like building a home together and getting to choose what you do and don’t like and what features you would like to have.  At the time, the builder had free upgrades available, like a whirlpool tub in the bathroom over a bigger shower.

I am a bath taking girl, I love to soak in there when I don’t feel good, when I am cold during the Winter, or just to light some candles and relax.  At the time the whirlpool tub sounded divine and it still is.  It’s like having a hot tub in your bathroom.  When we first moved in, I used it often and almost daily.  Then I sort of got tired of it and just would soak in the tub.

Then one day, I was sitting in the tub and these flakes of stuff were floating in my water.  EWWWWWW!   I am probably one of the cleanest people on the planet, if I see dirt I’m in full cleaning mode, especially the bathroom.  I don’t like smells of any kind either.  At first, I just thought maybe it was just dirt from the drain or something.  Then it started happening frequently. So I bought some stuff that is supposed to clean out the whole jet system.  I ran it through there and it went away.  But I didn’t use the jets anymore.

So I did some reading and found out that this stuff is inside the jets of the tub are breeding bacteria and all sorts of harmful junk.  It consists of dead skin, oils, mold, and unimaginable bacteria strains.  Gross eh?  No one ever mentioned that I needed to clean out the jets weekly with some special cleaner, so even though I was cleaning out the tub after each use with cleaners, I never thought about the jets. Granted, I am sure that there are instructions somewhere, but I never got any with the house and didn’t know a thing about whirlpool tubs.

Then recently, when the boys were in the tub, this crud started floating in the water again.  So I instantly grabbed the jet cleaner and went to work.  Granted, the jets haven’t been touched in about 5 years because I just forgot about them.  This little adventure of cleaning out the jets went on for the entire weekend, of filling up the tub, running cleaner through the system, draining the tub, refilling with cold water to rinse out the jets, and even running a half a gallon of bleach through it several times.  You would think, that would do the trick, but about a bazillion gallons of water later (I hate to see my bill) , the gunk is still there!  So how do you effectively clean these jets. because the “special cleaner” they recommended doesn’t even work!   I have resorted to showers now until I can get them completely clean, or if I can.

The stuff you see is enough to make you gag, and I am really disappointed in the fact, that you cannot easily clean these tubs, not to mention the gallons of water wasted to do so.  If I ever get them clean again  I might actually get to use the tub, like I planned last weekend but never got to that point.  Until then, think twice about using those fancy jacuzzi tubs in hotels, god only knows what could be lurking in those…just EWWW!  I will never own a whirlpool/jacuzzi tub again.  They are too much hassle for just a few relaxing bubbles and who wants to soak in a bath that makes you feel gross before you even get clean?

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32 Responses to “Whirlpool Tubs What They Don’t Tell You”
  1. I agree. They had them in some houses I’ve worked in, and they are full of gunk…gross.

  2. Ewwww! That does sound gross -but more b/c it could have harmful stuff that could hurt you.

  3. I never even thought about cleaning out the jets.

  4. Gross! My husband does maintenance for a living I he can tell me horror stories!

  5. I do clean mine out, but not after every use. I also do not put anything in the water when I run it (no oils or soaks) so maybe that helps? I would completely freak if stuff started floating around in it though.

  6. Um, yah, that sounds gross. Maybe I DON’T need a whirlpool tub.

  7. Louise says:

    They can get quite yucky

  8. Jennifer says:

    thats so gross. we’ve had a jet tub in the past but now I am thinking I dont need one again. So gross.

  9. Oh sick! I’m glad I don’t have one of those!

  10. I am a bath girl too. I always thought I wanted a whirpool tub but the more I thought about it the more I don’t think I do LOL. I have a huge garden tub (with no jets) and I love bathing it in.

  11. HilLesha says:

    Great post to read when eating, haha.

  12. I was thinking about getting one of these when we reno our bathroom. Now I need to do more research!

  13. Marcie W. says:

    Ewwww! I am not a bath person, but a shower girl, for reasons just like this.

  14. Oh my that doesn’t sound like fun. We don’t have a tub like that but I bet they r nice when you have them clean

  15. Tammy says:

    I’m so glad that I don’t have one.

  16. Eeeew! (do you think a chlorine thing like for pools would work?)

  17. Amy says:

    I had no idea!!

  18. Donna says:

    I’ve always heard that whirlpool tubs/hot tubs were breeding grounds for bacteria.

  19. Lolo says:

    Yucky. That does sound gross.

  20. Karen says:

    Glad I don’t have one!

  21. Karen says:

    Yuck! How gross!

  22. Dawn c says:

    We used to have one the these tubs and I quit using it because of this reason. It was yucky!

  23. Megan says:

    Oh wow, gross!

  24. Jenn says:

    Ugh. We just got an outdoor hot tub. Hoping it doesn’t give us the same problem! Here’s hoping the chemicals do their job.

  25. So gross!! They had this issue at our vacation home!

  26. Martha says:

    I know they’re gross! I didn’t install one when we built out house 12 years ago. Now that I’m selling it the real estate agents are telling me that it will be difficult to sell because people expect them in a house in my price range. Can I print out your blog for people to see to explain why I don’t have one?

  27. geneva ayte says:

    First house I built in 1990 included the error of a whirlpool tub. Very pricey. Very disgusting, as many have mentioned. Second house, build in 2005: aerator tubs. Same effect, no pipes and therefore, no gunk. Plus: it automatically blows itself out regularly. It all works on an air pump (no bigger than a shoe box) which is in an adjoining closet.

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