Relaxing in a hot tub after a long day at work is a little piece of heaven on earth. This is probably one of the main reasons you bought this backyard delight.
Want to keep your hot tub in tip-top shape and get full enjoyment from your experience? Check out these five things you should do before getting into a hot tub.
There can be a lot on your body after a long day — body oils, sunscreen, deodorant, and even dirt. All this will end up in your hot tub if you just suit up and get in.
Do everyone a favor and rinse off before entering your spa. You’ll be doing yourself a favor too because the water won’t get dirty as fast and is easier to maintain.
Pool chemicals are notoriously bad for your hair and you use these same chemicals to keep your hot tub sanitary. Tie up your hair before entering the hot tub to protect your hair.
You’ll also be protecting your filters which can quickly become clogged by stray strands of hair.
Chilling in the hot tub with your favorite cocktail is many people’s idea of heaven. However, the heat can make you work up a sweat without you realizing it — which dehydrates you over time.
Have a couple of glasses of water before hopping in the hot tub or keep some nearby that you can sip on. Remember to use plastic or other unbreakable drinkware to avoid the possibility of broken glass in your hot tub.
For safety’s sake, you should check the temperature and chemical balance before using your tub. Hot tubs should be no hotter than 104 degrees Fahrenheit or you can risk heatstroke. Most people find this too hot anyway and set the temperature in the high 90s.
A quick dip of a test strip will let you know if the chemicals are balanced correctly (and thus safe for you to soak in).
To avoid messing with your phone or another music device with wet hands, set up your favorite playlist before sitting down to relax. Choose upbeat music for a party atmosphere with your friends, soft tunes for a romantic soak with your special someone, or relaxing strains to wind down after a tough day.
Proper preparation will mean an enjoyable experience in your hot tub. When it’s time to get out, don’t forget to cover the hot tub to protect it from the weather and keep out debris. You might even turn down the temperature to save on energy when the hot tub is not in use.
Always take a shower afterward as well to remove the chemicals from your skin. Don’t forget to wash your bathing suit as the chemicals can damage the fabric over time.
Most of all, enjoy yourself! That’s what your hot tub is for!