How to clean a jacuzzi tub with dish detergent

Jacuzzi tubs provide relaxation and stress relief. You may be surprised to find they also harbour a plethora of germs if they aren't cleaned properly. Over time, soap scum, body oil, hair, and skin cells build up in your jacuzzi's circulatory system. Soaking in a germ-infested jacuzzi can be harmful to your health and the health of others who use it. By learning to clean a jacuzzi tub with dish detergent, you'll have a safe, effective and easy way to keep your jacuzzi sparkling clean and ready for a relaxing soak at any time.

Fill your jacuzzi tub with warm water. Add 2 tsp of low-foam powdered dish detergent, such as Cascade, and 1/2 cup of household bleach to the water.

Turn on your jacuzzi tub, running the jets for 5 to 10 minutes. This allows the cleaning agents to run thoroughly through the pipes.

Allow the water and detergents to sit for 1 hour if you have tough stains. This step is not necessary otherwise.

Drain your jacuzzi tub and refill with cold water. Circulate the cold water for 5 minutes.

Drain the jacuzzi tub completely. Clean your jacuzzi tub using this method once a month to keep germs and stains at bay.


Avoid using foamy dish detergents when cleaning your tub because these will fill your jacuzzi with bubbles. After each use, fill the jacuzzi with fresh water, run the jets for 10 minutes, and completely drain the tub. Use this method for cleaning jacuzzi tubs at hotels you may stay at.


Unclean jacuzzi tubs can harbour germs responsible for gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, toxic shock, respiratory tract infections and many other health problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Powdered Dish Detergent
  • Measuring Teaspoon
  • Bleach
  • Measuring Cup
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Donella Bowles is a freelance writer living in rural Virginia. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with areas of emphasis in biology, chemistry and history. Bowles has written for eHow, Answerbag, Examiner and Organized Wisdom.