A recipe for success in cleaning spa tub

DEAR HELOISE:In a doctor's waiting room, I was reading your article concerning the cleaning of a bathtub. Before finishing the article, I was called in for my appointment and was unable to gain the information I was interested in.

Would you be so kind as to reprint the recipe for the action? It contained dishwasher detergent and something else. Thank you. — William Cornwell, via e-mail


William, I believe you are talking about the article on cleaning a spa tub.

Here's the info: Fill the tub with enough hot water to cover the jets by at least several inches. Depending on the tub's size, add 1 to 2 cups of household chlorine bleach and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent. Run the spa for at least 20 minutes; allow the water to sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then drain. Refill with cold water and turn on the jets for several minutes, then drain. Be sure to have good ventilation, and keep kids and pets away during the process. — Heloise


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