Can You Put Bubble Bath in a Jacuzzi?

What better way to unwind after a long day than to soak in a hot, jetted Jacuzzi? There are very few alternatives that come to mind.

Hot tubs are a great way to relax while having fun. It can be hot or cold outside, and your hot tub will still be the perfect place to soak and let the day’s pressures slip away. Throw in some outdoor hot tub accessories, and you will be well on your way to having the most ideal de-stressing soak—and you might be tempted to throw in some of your favorite bubble bath soap as an extra indulgence.

Even if you can theoretically add bubble bath into a hot tub, the better question is whether or not you should. 

Using Bubble Bath Is Not Recommended

Sure, bubble bath soap in a Jacuzzi seems like it would be a fun and luxurious way to enjoy your hot tub. After all, who doesn’t love bubbles? 

However, its use in a hot tub is not recommended. It might surprise you, but bubble bath soap can actually be harmful to both the hot tub and your health. Here’s why:

Too Much Foam

Even if used sparingly, bubble bath in a hot tub is not a good idea. For one, the mixture of high-powered water jets and bubble bath can cause the water to become overly foamy. 

While the idea of excess foam might not sound like such a big deal, it can be very difficult to get rid of. This can lead to mechanical problems with the hot tub and hefty repair costs that could easily have been avoided. 

Aside from the mechanical risks, the excess foam can make it difficult to see the bottom of the hot tub, which can quickly become a safety issue, as well. 

Harmful Effects 

While there are brands of bubble bath that are chemical-free, most tend to contain ingredients that can be harmful to both the hot tub and the environment. 

For example, a common ingredient often found in bubble bath is sulfate–sulfate is known for its ability to strip water of its natural oils. What’s worse is its ability to damage the internal components of your Jacuzzi. Factor in the added fragrances, and you are releasing a concoction of potentially harmful chemicals into your hot tub water. 

Alternatives 

While the idea of a bubble bath solution in your hot tub might sound enticing, refraining from using it will help your hot tub last longer. 

However, just because bubble bath soap isn’t recommended does not mean that there are no other alternatives to making your hot tub soak even better. Can you put Epsom salts in a hot tub? No, but you can add certain essential oils to your water for a more sensory experience. Of course, be sure that the products you use are specifically designed for hot tubs–this way, you can be sure that the essential oils you choose don’t contain any ingredients that can be harmful to the Jacuzzi equipment, which is a real possibility for some oils.

Soak Away

It can be tempting to want to use bubble bath in your hot tub. Next time you feel the urge creeping up, remember that it can not only cause damage to the equipment and the environment, but it can also quickly become a safety hazard. Instead of using a bubble bath, look for alternative ways to enhance your Jacuzzi experience so that it will keep running for a long, long time.
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