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Sometimes dirt, sand and debris will enter your hot tub and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can prevent it from entering by showering and rinsing your feet before you enter, but sometimes you just want to get into your hot tub as quick as possible, and that’s understandable.
The good news is, learning how to remove dirt from a hot tub isn’t as difficult as it seems. There are four ways that I recommend. Some are easy, some are homemade, and some cost money. Whichever you choose, the goal is a clean hot tub, so let’s dive in.
1. Spa Wand
If you have the extra cash, and a frequently dirty hot tub, I highly recommend purchasing one — specifically the Zodiac Spa Wand.
Zodiac 5-400-00 SpaWand Hand Held Pool and Spa Cleaner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
The reason I love this option so much is because, unlike other spa vacuums, it’s powered manually, meaning no batteries needed. It works by pulling on the top like a slide whistle which draws water up through a mesh screen.
Then, when you push the handle back down, instead of it disturbing the area you’re trying to clean, it releases the water out of the sides near the top of the wand. Pretty brilliant when you see it in action:
BONUS: If you have a swimming pool, you can also use the spa wand for those hard-to-reach spaces, like behind ladders and on the steps.
2. Silly Putty
Got kids? If not, you can buy some silly putty eggs to pick up sand in your hot tub. Yes, I’m not kidding!
Silly Putty is waterproof, and if you press it down on some dirt and debris, it will embed into the putty, problem solved. The only downside to this method is you won’t be able to use it afterwards to press down on your favorite Beetle Bailey comic strip in the Sunday paper.
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3. Homemade Siphon
For your crafty hot tub owners, you can make your own automatic spa vacuum by getting a short piece of hose and wrapping a stocking to one end and create a siphon.
If you don’t want to use panty hose, you can simple create a hose siphon and drain the hot tub water into a bucket outside the hot tub. If you don’t know how to create a suction, check out this video:
4. Turkey Baster
You can finally use this famous kitchen gadget that you seem to only use at Thanksgiving: a turkey baster. Perhaps the cheapest, multi-use method on my list.
Simply use the baster to suck the dirt off the bottom and dispose outside of your hot tub. This method, along with the silly putty method, is time-consuming, but really easy to do, and you probably have a baster taking up space in your kitchen drawer right now. Just make sure you wash it really good before using it to actually bast your turkey folks.
Know Any Other Ways?
Keeping your hot tub clean is very important if you want it to last long, and I know you do. Again, if you can prevent the dirt and debris from entering your hot tub, that’s your best bet, but sometimes s**t happens :-)
I’d like to turn it over to you. Perhaps you have another method that works well too. If so, I’d like to hear it — and so would everyone else — in the comments below.
(photo by Hot Springs Spas)
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 21st, 2013