I’m happy to say our hot tub is now chemical-free! So for a few years now, I have been looking for alternatives to chemicals in our Hot Tub. I’ve been ditching toxic chemicals in other parts of our home, so this was the next step. Besides, spas are supposed to support a healthy lifestyle, but how can you do that when you are just soaking in a bunch of chemicals.
Before I switched this natural alternative to hot tub chemicals we were using Bromine, and every time my husband and I were soaking in it the next day, I always felt crappy, my eyes were red, and my skin was itchy. It got to the point where we didn’t use the hot tub for almost 2 years. After researching, I have discovered that Bromine and Chlorine are both endocrine disrupters.
I started researching and seeing what alternatives were out there. There are a few manufacturers of ‘natural’ chemicals, but wow, they were a little pricey. I also accessed a few articles about people using essential oils in their hot tubs.
What am I using as a natural alternative to hot tub chemicals?
What I ended up doing was using a combination of geranium essential oil and Thieves Household Cleaner (both from Young Living). The tub was already empty so we filled it with fresh water, I balanced the pH and then added in 10 drops of geranium oil and a cap full of Thieves Household Cleaner. That’s it! Such a simple natural alternative to hot tub chemicals!
Yes, I do use the test strips for measuring. You can use Baking Soda to raise the Ph if needed and Vinegar to lower it.
We have been doing this for about 8 months now and it seems to be working great. I add in about a capful of Thieves every other week or so and I do clean out the filter more often now (once a month). We only use our tub about once a week, so if we end up using it more, I will just add in a little more Thieves Household Cleaner. The water has been staying crystal clear. I even toss in a few essential oils (lavender, joy) right before we soak to give us a great aromatherapy session too.
I’m so happy I gave this a try, the spa is actually now refreshing instead of making me feel crappy. We also now use it for our son as part of his detoxing program. Below is a photo of him enjoying his soak, he loves it 🙂
Now our hot tub is over 15 years old so I wasn’t too worried about ruining it, so obviously do this at your own risk. That being said I feel that it’s actually gentler on the spa. Before going natural I had a tendency of leaving the spa alone for a few weeks and not checking on the chemicals and it would get crusty or film would be on the hot tub. I don’t see that after changing to a natural alternative to hot tub chemicals
Now to try and figure out how to do this to the pool too 🙂
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