Just when you think hot tubs can’t get any more relaxing, the thought of adding a bath bomb into the mix makes it ever more indulging. After all, those scented, fizzy and fun little bombs are packed with natural essential oils to sooth the skin. But will using bath bombs in a hot tub cause damage to your tub and is it safe?
So can you use bath bombs in a hot tub?
Ultimately, yes you can but there are some important things that you need to be aware of.
Bath bombs with added glitter, confetti or flower petals can be harmful to your hot tub. Why? Because these particles can find their way into the jets or pipes of your hot tub and can cause plumbing issues.
However, there are ways to prevent this from happening. Read on to find out how you can indulge in a bath bombed hot tub without it causing any harm to your hot tub.
What are the risks of using a bath bomb in my hot tub?
There is a huge allure around bath bombs for providing a luxury and ‘spa’ like bathing experience. When placed in the water they fizz and release colourful ingredients into the water. However, using them in a hot tub does come with risks, such as:
- Bath bombs contain a lot of salt and this can be difficult to dissolve fully in water. If the salt clumps together, it could cause clogging in the drainage system.
- Essential oils can solidify if the temperature drops, which may also pose a threat to the drainage system.
- Added ingredients such as glitter, confetti and flower petals can be harmful as these will stick to the hot tub, can be damaging to the filter jets and cause plumbing issues.
Should I clean my hot tub after using a bath bomb?
Yes, you will need to take extra care with cleaning your hot tub after using a bath bomb in a hot tub. This is to ensure that all oil and salts that were released from the bath bomb are cleaned up to prevent build-up and clogging in the tub filters, jets and pipes.
The best approach to cleaning the tub would be to use a flushing solution to remove any dirt, debris, particles and residue from the pipework and let the jets run for 20-30 minutes. This will ensure that everything is flushed through the system and into the water. Once the hot tub is drained, clean the tub with a shell cleaning solution before rinsing it down with clean water.
Should I clean the jets after using a bath bomb?
If the jets are noticeably clogged after using bath bombs in a hot tub, we suggest that you clean these to prevent further build up. If left, the clogging could cause problems or even complete breakdown.
Cleaning your hot tub jets is easy. Simply take a toothbrush and carefully scrub around and inside of the jets to remove any visible dirt and grime.
How do I prevent bath bombs from staining my hot tub?
Some bath bomb brands do pose a staining risk. Especially if they’re vibrant in colour and release natural colorings. However, a simple cleaning procedure straight after use will prevent any permanent staining. If there are visible coloured rings around your tub, take a micro-fibre cloth and a non-harsh cleaning product to remove these. If the stains are left and you continue to use the hot tub, you will find these stains much harder to remove as the colour builds up with repeated use.
How often can I use a bath bomb in my hot tub?
We would advise against using a bath bomb every time you use your hot tub. The reason for this is that all bath bombs contain oils and salt, which increases the chance of debris clogging the jets and pipes. You should also clean your hot tub thoroughly after using a bath bomb. This could end up being a very timely task if you are using bath bombs in your hot tub frequently.
We recommend using bath bombs in a hot tub just before you are due to drain your hot tub for a routine clean.
Can I buy bath bombs made specifically for hot tubs?
The safest way of using bath bombs in a hot tub is to purchase bath bombs made especially for hot tubs. Check out SpaBomb™ Aromatherapy by InSPAration.
These bath bombs come in a variety of scents and contain Epsom salt and natural aloe vera extract. These are fizzing bath bombs but will not cloud, foam, bubble colour the water or leave any unwanted oily residue. Most importantly, they do not contain any damaging ingredients such as glitter, confetti or flower petals that could be harmful to the jets and piping of the hot tub.