Chemical Free Hot Tub Maintenance

Hot Tub Maintenance

I have been on a mission in our home to use chemical-free options for nearly everything—and I do mean everything. From cleaning toilets, showers, hardwood floors, sinks, laundry, dishes, yard spray, and finally we have conquered the HOT TUB! YES!

So, I asked my husband (who is the hot tub maintenance expert in our home) to share how he’s been keeping our hot tub clean and user-friendly with no chlorine or chemicals.

Here He Is Sharing…

I’ll do anything to get my lovely bride to join me in the hot tub for a soak. One of her requirements was for me to drastically reduce the chemicals that we use on a weekly basis, hence my experiment with replacing our hot tub chlorine with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Thieves Household Cleaner

Our hot tub is 300 gallons and over ten years old—well out of warranty, but has been very reliable over the years. We refill the water and clean the filter every six months and we don’t have an ozonator.

We use the hot tub one to two times per week and it’s filled, heated, and maintained year-round. On a weekly basis, I used to add ½ oz. of granulated spa chlorine and check the water chemistry using test strips. The pH and alkalinity usually remained in the correct range, and the only chemical I added was the weekly chlorine.

Here’s the disclaimer: I’m not a hot tub salesman or a chemist. I do have extensive experience with my personal hot tub and can accurately measure and predict what is needed to maintain a stable water chemistry. Our water in the Seattle area is fairly soft, but minor hardness adjustment is required during the semiannual refill.

The New Chemical-Free Steps

So here’s how I got my bride in the hot tub more often. During the weekly cleaning, I replaced the ½ oz of granulated spa chlorine with 7-8 ml (one capful) of Thieves Household Cleaner. If we had a lot of people in the tub for an extended soak, I would usually add another ½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner immediately after everyone got out.

After adding the Thieves Household Cleaner, I’d let the jets run for ten minutes like I would normally do with the chlorine. There was some minor foaming for a minute but this quickly went away. Over the last three months, I’ve checked the water chemistry every few days and the only measurable that was different was the obvious lack of chlorine.


The results have been great. No chlorine smell, no skin residue, great water clarity, and my bride joins me in the hot tub more often. On a side note, I’ll occasionally add a 2-3 drops of Young Living Bergamot essential oil or Young Living Grapefruit essential oil and run the jets for 30 seconds before getting in for a nice chill. You might want to consider Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil as well. (Ooolala!)

From a cost standpoint, a 2 lb cylinder of granulated chlorine usually cost us about $20 and would last about a year. The Thieves Household Cleaner is $22 wholesale and will also last you about a year. If you are on Essential Rewards, it will cost you even less, basically $17.60 a bottle because you’re earning 20% back in Essential Rewards points.

Thieves Household Cleaner Details

Thieves Household Cleaner: A Natural Option for Household Cleaners

Not only do I love that my husband has found Thieves Household Cleaner to be helpful to care for our hot tub, I love that I already use it for so many other cleaning jobs in our house, which means we are not buying another product to take up space!

You will find such great results by replacing your chemical cleaners with this plant-based effective cleaner and your family will love you—and your pets!

Like I said at the beginning of the post, I use the cleaner for all my household cleaning, plus outdoor uses. It truly is amazing stuff.

Thieves Household Cleaner: Ditch the Toxins

If the time if now to start ditching the chemicals in your home, I’d love to help you get started.

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