Warning to Anyone with a Hot Tub or Whirlpool

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Warning to Anyone with a Hot Tub or Whirlpool.   You would never dream of bathing in water from your toilet bowl. But believe it or not, that's what you may be doing when you sit in a whirlpool or hot tub. In fact, a study done by researchers at Texas A&M University found that more than 9 out of 10 water samples contained fecal bacteria! In the study, the researchers tested water samples from whirlpools around the country, including the ones in private homes and one in public hotels and resorts. Every single one of the samples was found to be contaminated. In fact, 81% contained fungi...34% contained dangerous staph bacteria...and a whopping 95% contained fecal bacteria! Why are whirlpools and hot tubs so full of nasty germs? It's the pipes. Water gets trapped in interior pipes aren't filtered or treated, so bacteria and fungi can breed. Then, when you turn on the jets, these nasty bugs are blown into the tub where you're soaking. Fortunately there's a simple way to keep your tub germ free. And all you need is plain old vinegar.   Prevention Magazine   You would never dream of bathing in water from your toilet bowl. But believe it or not, that's what you may be doing when you sit in a whirlpool or hot tub. In fact, a study done by researchers at Texas A&M University found that more than 9 out of 10 water samples contained fecal bacteria! In the study, the researchers tested water samples from whirlpools around the country, including the ones in private homes and one in public hotels and resorts. Every single one of the samples was found to be contaminated. In fact, 81% contained fungi...34% contained dangerous staph bacteria...and a whopping 95% contained fecal bacteria! Why are whirlpools and hot tubs so full of nasty germs? It's the pipes. Water gets trapped in interior pipes aren't filtered or treated, so bacteria and fungi can breed. Then, when you turn on the jets, these nasty bugs are blown into the tub where you're soaking. Fortunately there's a simple way to keep your tub germ free. And all you need is plain old vinegar.   Prevention Magazine

 

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Rainmaker
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Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

Yuk, Jason! We have a hot tub at our home in the Pittsburgh area. I wonder how much vinegar must be addad. Do you have any idea? I never ever use a public hot tub.

Feb 25, 2010 08:02 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Monique Hailer
Schooner Bay Realty., Inc. & CENTURY 21 New Millenniun - Cape Coral, FL
South West Florida & Southern Maryland Homes

Jason ~ Yuk! I had no idea of the stats.. Vinegar is good for so many things.

Feb 25, 2010 08:03 AM #2
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Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

Jason,

I love the solution you offered.  And, it helps to change the water and clean the tub periodically, especially after having a bunch of people over using it.

Feb 25, 2010 08:05 AM #3
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Thank you for the comments. Sorry I have no clue how much vinegar to use.

Feb 25, 2010 08:07 AM #4
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John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

oh my...I haven't been in a hot tub lately. I guess I don't really miss them that much. Great solution...simple and effective.

Feb 25, 2010 09:24 AM #5
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John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
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oh my...I haven't been in a hot tub lately. I guess I don't really miss them that much. Great solution...simple and effective.

Feb 25, 2010 09:24 AM #6
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Brenda

Great idea but article should of mention the amount of vinegar to use!

May 10, 2010 02:11 AM #7
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Small Hot Tub

This is too gross! Even with all the disinfectants and ionizers and whatever doodas they put in hot tub water? That's just sick!! :( Though I suppose it makes sense since warm water is the best breeding ground for this type of thing.

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