How To Clean Your Whirlpool Bathtub

How To Clean Your Whirlpool Bathtub

Jason Loper
May 7, 2010

In the building, rehabbing, and condo conversion boom of the last decade, a lot of whirlpool tubs were installed in bathrooms. Some people seem to love them and use them daily. Others just see them as an added cleaning burden. Whichever side you fall on, keeping the jets clean is both sanitary and just plain better looking. So consider setting aside some of your spring cleaning energy to give your tub a scrub.

What You Need

½ cup bleach, 1 tablespoon powder dishwasher detergent

Additional Materials For an extra deep clean, you may need an old toothbrush


1. Fill the tub with hot water, ½ cup of bleach, and a tablespoon of dishwasher detergent powder.

2. Turn on the jets at full capacity.

3. Run jets with bleach/detergent/hot water mixture for 15 minutes. The dishwasher detergent helps loosen up anything greasy in the jets (bubble bath, soap residue) and the bleach helps disinfect.

4. Empty bathtub.

5. Refill tub with cold water.

6. Turn on jets at full capacity.

7. Run for fifteen minutes, flushing all the remaining bleach and dishwasher detergent from the jets.

8. Empty bathtub.

9. Grab a magazine and a glass of wine and have a soaker in your freshly cleaned bathtub.

Additional Notes: On newer whirlpool tub models, the jets are removable. If you haven't flushed the jets in awhile, you may be surprised how dirty they are when you remove them. Unscrew the covers and remove the jets. Then, use an old toothbrush and a little detergent to clean all the pieces — and maybe around the spots where the covers screw onto the tub, too. Rinse all pieces well before replacing them.

Images: Jason Loper

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