Everyone loves spending time in the hot tub, but, as with most things in life, too much of a good thing can have unpleasant consequences. For those who use hot tubs frequently, one such consequence is a rash. Most rashes are minor and will clear up in a few days, but in the meantime they are annoying, itchy, and sometimes painful. Furthermore, minor rashes will become major irritants and can lead to dangerous consequences if not treated properly. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help you and visitors to your hot tub avoid rashes.
Check Disinfectant and pH Levels Daily
It’s important to check these levels twice daily to ensure your hot tub is as clean as possible. For example, check them in the morning at least an hour before you allow anyone into the hot tub. You can check them in the evening after you have closed off access so the levels can be adjusted for the next day, as well.
Also, ask your hot tub salesperson or a hot tub and pool expert about the best disinfectants for hot tubs. Since hot tub water is warmer than pool water, it breaks down chlorine and other common disinfectants more quickly, making the hot tub more vulnerable to bacteria and germs. If you want to use free chlorine keep the level at 2-4 ppm, or for bromine 4-6 ppm in your hot tub. But there are many better alternatives to these harsh chemicals. At SpaCap.com they use and recommend PristineBlue which is a copper based disinfectant.
All hot tub pH levels should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Anything different should be fixed immediately.
Keep Yourself Clean
Always shower or bathe before entering the hot tub. Avoid scented soaps or those made with harsh chemicals, as these irritate the skin and provide breeding grounds for more rashes. Use a gentle, unscented, and all-natural soap, such as one made with goat’s milk. Also, make sure your swimsuits are always cleaned with non-irritating soaps and detergents.
Limit Your Tub Time
Swimsuits hold water directly against the body, which makes it easy for microorganisms to grow and cause irritation. Constant exposure to hot water may also dry your skin and cause irritation. Limit your time to thirty minutes or less per day.
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