How to Clean Bathtub Jets

Clean bathtub jets regularly to keep your bath water free of extra germs.
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Adding a bathtub with jets to your home is a great way to add a little luxury to your everyday life. From soothing sore muscles to calming the mind with a relaxing soak, jetted tubs have many benefits. But just like many of the other items in your bathroom, they can also harbor bacteria and have significant soap scum build up as a result of bubbles, body oils, and soap. Even if you can’t see it, it’s important to clean out the jets of your bathtub regularly to ensure that they continue to function properly and to ensure that you’re actually bathing in clean water and not with gross germs.

It’s a good idea to avoid using certain products in jetted tubs -- such as baby oil and bubble bath -- to reduce the amount of buildup to begin with. and to refill the tub with warm water and then run the jets for 15 to 20 minutes to clear them out after each use. But even the most cautious homeowners will still need to do a deep clean of their jets once per month if they regularly use their bathtub. This requires just a few simple steps.


Fill the tub with hot water to at least three inches above the height of the jets. Add two to four teaspoons of powdered dishwasher detergent (or another low-foaming disinfectant). For a deep clean, you can also add up to one-half cup of bleach. Run the jets for 15 minutes, and then turn off and drain the bathtub. Refill the bathtub with cool water and run the jets for another 15 minutes. Drain again, and your jets should be free and clear of all the soap scum and germs that you’d rather not have joining you the next time you settle in for a relaxing bath.

Clean Bathtub Jets FAQ

Why are my bathtub jets not working?
Bathtub jets usually fail due to an issue with the pump. This can be easily rectified by opening the access panel and the airlock valve. This will help release the air and pressure from the line, restoring the flow of water.
How do you clean a jet tub?
First, clean the tub and remove any debris. Next, fill the tub with hot water and add in the cleaning agents. Start the jets to let the water flow, and then drain the water from the tub. Refill the tub again and repeat this process. This should clean the jets of your tub.
How do I get black mold out of my jacuzzi jets?
Black mold can be removed from jacuzzi jets using a combination of vinegar and hot water. Fill the tub with hot water until it reaches the highest jet, add half a gallon of vinegar in it and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Then drain the tub and refill.
How do you clean the yellow jets in a whirlpool tub?
Fill your tub with hot water until it reaches the highest jet. Next, mix half a cup bleach and two tablespoons of any detergent and pour it in the water. Let the jets run for 10 minutes and then drain the tub.
How often should you clean a jetted tub?
This depends on how often you use the tub. Regular usage requires jet cleaning once a month. However, if you only use the tub occasionally, cleaning it 4 to 5 times a year is enough.

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More Great Links

  • “Hints from Heloise: Cleaning a Whirlpool Tub.” Good Housekeeping.
  • “How to Clean Bathtub Jets.” Mrs. Clean.
  • “How to Clean Whirlpools or Jetted Tubs.” Better Homes & Gardens.