As many of my previous articles indicated, we recently purchased a fixer-upper home with many “projects.” Among one of our endless problems is the hard water stains resulting from a broken water softener running for years throughout the home. After we chlorinated our well and installed a new water softener, we figured it was time to get the Jacuzzi bath tub up and running. However, when we filled up the tub and turned on the jets, we were disgusted to see the amount of mildew, mold and buildup that filled the water as the jets fired up. After doing some research online, we found a great DIY recipe to cleaning the tub, and it worked great!
- Low-foam powder dishwasher detergent (any brand and scent will work)
- Liquid bleach
Instructions for removing hard water stains (optional)
Not all homes have hard water issues, however if you do, you will want to do this step first to ensure you remove the chemicals from your tub.
- I am a fan of all-natural cleaning so I tried removing the hard water stains around the base of the drain and the jet valves using good old fashion baking soda and vinegar first.
- However, the stains were pretty defined in our tub, so I had to resort to CLR, which stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust. This is my go-to product when all-natural doesn’t work because it works quickly and is safe for a septic tank.
- Soak the hard water stains in the solution for five minutes and then scrub with a tooth brush. The stains should scrub right off.
- Rinse with water to remove the majority of the solution. The chemicals will be fully removed in the next step.
Instructions for cleaning the jets
If the jets haven’t been cleaned in a while, it sometimes is best to fill the tub above the jet line, run the system for a few minutes and drain the water, just to remove some of the residue that will come out before you do the clean cycle.
- Fill your tub approximately 2 inches above the highest jet with the hottest water you can get from your faucet. We even turned the water heater up an hour before we ran the clean cycle just to ensure the tub is extra hot.
- Pour 4 TBS of low-foam powder dishwasher detergent into the water.
- Add ½-1 cup liquid bleach, depending on the size of the tub. I used a cup, just because we have a larger tub and I wanted to ensure it was fully disinfected.
- Run the jet cycle for 15 minutes, allowing the solution to flow through each jet and sanitize the system.
- Drain the tub and rinse to remove the residue.
- Depending on the amount of residue in your jet lines, you may have to run this twice to ensure you removed all of the residue.