Many homes have a whirlpool bath -- also known as a jacuzzi -- and cleaning and maintaining them is important. Baths that are not cleaned properly can harbour dangerous bacteria, causing pneumonia or other infections. A tub that hasn't been cleaned will shoot germ-laden black scum into your bath water when the jets are turned on, ruining your relaxing bath and exposing you to illness. However, the toxic chemicals contained in commercial cleaning solutions can also be a health hazard, as well as being environmentally unfriendly. Fortunately, it's easy to clean a whirlpool bath using natural ingredients.
Clean the whirlpool jets
Fill the bath with hot water, making sure to cover the jets.
Add 1 litre (4 cups) of borax and 2 litres (8 cups) of vinegar. Stir to dissolve.
Turn on the whirlpool jets, and let them run for 15 minutes.
Turn the jets off, and let the bath sit for several hours or overnight.
Turn the jets on, and let them run for another 15 minutes.
Drain the bath, and remove any debris or particles.
Refill the bath with plain hot water.
Run the whirlpool jets for 5 to 10 minutes to rinse the lines.
Drain the bath.
Clean the bath surfaces
Mix one part vinegar with one part warm water in the empty spray bottle to create an all natural, all-purpose cleaning spray.
Make a paste by dampening borax with vinegar spray and applying to heavily soiled areas. Let the borax sit for five to 10 minutes.
Spray jet nozzles, the air intake, tap and plughole with vinegar spray and let it sit for three to five minutes.
Scrub nozzles and fixtures with an old toothbrush, making sure to clean all of the crevices. Use borax for stubborn stains.
Spray the sides of the bath with vinegar solution, and wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth, scrubbing with borax paste as needed.
Rinse the surface thoroughly with clean, warm water.
You can buy borax at most supermarkets.
Tea tree oil is a natural sanitiser. Add a few drops to the vinegar spray to help kill germs.
Use your whirlpool bath mainly for relaxation, and use your shower for washing with soaps and shampoos to avoid product build-up and stain rings.
Never use bubble bath or bath oils in your whirlpool bath. The residue gets trapped in the pipes and provides a breeding ground for bacteria.
Do not run very hot -- above 60 degrees C (140F) -- water through your jets. It could damage the plastic parts.