How to Clean and Remove Stains From a Jetted Tub, According to an Expert

Much like a swimming pool, a jetted tub needs extra care to keep it running properly. Regular use can result in a build-up of hair, dirt, shampoo and much more. Curious about how to clean a jetted tub quickly and efficiently? We checked in with Carolyn Forté, the executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, for her top tips.

Before you get started, it’s important to check all the cleaning labels to make sure the products are safe to use on your tub. How often you clean your tub is also key. It’s best to clear any debris first. If your tub is used frequently, step up your cleaning schedule.

To keep the pump running smoothly, many manufacturers suggest avoiding oil-based bath soaps or additives such as bubble baths, because the whirlpool action will intensify the foaming properties of these products, and the residue could stick to the plumbing. Instead, use a small amount of low-foaming bath salts. To clean the tub’s surface, you can opt for any non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth to ensure you don’t scratch it.

While we’d recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your tub (especially the jets), this at-home hack will work in a pinch:

What you’ll need

Step-by-Step Instructions for Cleaning a Jetted Tub:

  1. Remove bath residue once a month by filling the bath with hot water and ¼ cup powdered dishwasher detergent.
  2. Run the water jets for 10-15 minutes and then drain the bath and refill with cold water.
  3. Run the water jets for another 10-15 minutes and drain again.
  4. If you have hard water, you can add vinegar to the water and repeat the process. Just be sure to never mix it with bleach or other household cleaners.


How to remove stains from a jetted tub

Jetted tubs can easily be stained from soap scum, bath oils, bubble bath and even rusty plumbing. To get stubborn stains out, mix a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together and let it work its magic for 10 minutes. Once you’ve let the paste sit, simply wipe away the stains with a microfiber cloth.

Cailey Lindberg (she/her) is a writer and editor with over a decade of experience covering products, lifestyle, entertainment and food. Before joining Good Housekeeping in 2022, she was a staff writer at USA Today’s shopping network, 

Carolyn Forté brings more than 40 years of experience as a consumer products expert to her role as executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Home Care and Cleaning Lab. Using deep analytical testing and writing expertise in appliances, cleaning, textiles and organizational products, she produces cleaning and home care advice for GH, has authored numerous books and bookazines for the brand and partners with the American Cleaning Institute to co-produce the Discover Cleaning Summits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Queens College, City University of New York.

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