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Cleaning whirlpool bath

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Montifer Mon 22-Nov-10 19:23:00

There is a whirlpool style bath in our new house which DP and I don't use as we are shower people.
Bath just gets used by DS (2.6) whose water level is just below the jet holes (he doesn't have a whirlpool effect)

I'm aware that really nasty bacteria can colonise in the jets and pipes and would appreciate advice for recommended cleaning / sterilising.

Have read that adding a bottle of white vinegar to a bath full of water and running the jets should clean it but not sure if vinegar is powerful enough.

TIA

scurryfunge Mon 22-Nov-10 19:25:13

I used to have one and ran bleach and cold water through it occasionally. The problems with bacteria occur when the whirlpool function is not used regularly.

MickyLee Mon 22-Nov-10 19:29:59

The best thing to use is Milton sterlising fluid. Fill the tub first with cold water and pour a good amount in then turn the jets on for a few minutes, leave for 10 minutes then repeat. Empty the bath and then turn the jets back on for a few seconds to flush any water out of the jets.

itstheyearzero Tue 23-Nov-10 06:35:44

I stick a dishwashr tablet in the water once a month and put te jets on for about 10 mins (tip from Kim and Aggie). You can buy special stuff from bathroom shops/B&Q but I find the dishwssher tablet works just as well.

Montifer Tue 23-Nov-10 13:31:14

Thanks for the replies.

Think I will try the dishwasher tab for initial cleaning and follow up with a Milton for sterilising.

CeliaFate Tue 23-Nov-10 18:12:09

Fill the bath with cold water above the jets, dissolve 2 dishwasher tablets in a bucket of boiling water, tip it into the bath and turn the jets on for 10-15 mins.

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Rowzieee Sun 16-Aug-15 19:38:08

Just in case anyone else reads this, dish washer tablets, milton, flash etc are not suitable for whirlpool baths. They can damage the fittings and frankly Milton is not strong enough. There are two issues, firstly a cleaning issue, you need to remove soaps, body oils and grime that builds up in the pipes and then you need to sanitise to minimise bacterial growth. You should use a proprietary Whirlpool system cleaner & degreaser & a sanitiser that contains chlorine.

Rowzieee Sun 16-Aug-15 19:39:31

We always use Pure-Spa, but there are other brands available.

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