Our hot tub has never had chlorine or bromine in it.
We've never used harsh chemicals to shock the water.
It's the most wonderful tub experience really! Your skin is never chapped, your suits never get worn or smell of chlorine and the tub smells dreamy when you're in it if you add oils like we do (imagine soaking in a relaxing tub with Northern Lights Black Spruce filling the air...you feel me right?).
Depending on your water source and tub volume, you may have to adjust accordingly and this is just what we do. Nobody message me saying I wrecked their hot tub! We've had our hot tub for 3 years and this is what we do personally to keep it toxin free. It works for us and we freak'n love it.
If you're currently still using chemicals in your tub and don't want to go straight hippie, add 8 drops of Young Living's Geranium essential oil and let it circulate for 15 mins. Geranium seems to digest the chemicals yet keeps the pH balanced (test the chemicals before and after and you'll see what I mean! The chlorine indicator on the strip turns white as if they've disappeared. Thank you Geranium oil!).
If you're ready to go full hippie....
1. Soak your filters in 2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner and 10 drops of Thieves essential oil. Add water so they are fully submerged (we use our bathtub). Soak for at least 3 hours (we leave them in overnight typically).
2. Clean your empty hot tub using Thieves Household Cleaner. I spray the entire tub down or get a bucket of water with Thieves Cleaner in it.
3. Fill your hot tub and balance the pH with a pH neutralizer of your choice
4. Add 2 cups of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (ours is 28%) as an oxidizer (we use hydrogen peroxide every 2-3 weeks for regular maintenance and change the filters as well).
5. Add 25 drops of Geranium, 10 of Purification & Thieves to the new water
Crosby will check our hydrogen peroxide levels with litmus strips occasionally and maintain about 5 ppm.
We change our hot tub water 3 times a year and Crosby will use a line flush product before we change the water. The line flush, runs through the pipes to give them a good deep clean. This cleaning agent does contain chemicals so we are never in the tub with this additive and it is cleaned out before new water is put in.
Each time we go in the hot tub, someone in the family picks an oil to add for aromatherapy. We love this part! We add 4 drops per person. Some of my family's favorite oils to add to our hot tub water are:
Northern Lights Black Spruce
-Each time we get out of the hot tub, we add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
- oils that have a dark color (like Valor or Peace and Calming) should probably be avoided. They turn the water green and may stain your tub)
-oils that are considered "hot" should also be avoided or you'll have some spicy feeling skin (ex. Wintergreen, Clove, Panaway, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, etc).
-oils that are photo-sensitive should also be avoided as you may feel a burning sensation to the skin and they eat petrochemicals which may harm your tub (orange, lemon, grapefruit...any citrus oil really)
1. Thieves Household Cleaner- There are 2 sizes of Cleaner (14.4 oz and 64 oz). If you plan on going toxin free in your home as well as your hot tub, get the 64 oz big guy. Share with your pals, make all the things (see recipes below).
2. Oils for Hot Tub Maintenance- Geranium, Thieves, Purification
3. Oils for Aromatherapy-you pick! But seriously get Northern Lights Black Spruce
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