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The Fullest Hot Tub Essential Chemicals & Accessories List

To help you keep all the necessary tools and chemical products in one place, we have gathered all that you need to know from our website and Guide on the hot tub. The following chemicals and accessories list will be beneficial to make your own hot tub care and maintenance kit and reinforce what you already know about the maintenance of the hot tub.

We have divided them into different categories and stages:

  1. Delivery and installation
  2. Maintaining water balance
  3. Filter replacements and cleaning products
  4. Hot tub cleaning products
  5. Tools & products to drain and refill a hot tub
  6. Tools & products to winterize a hot tub
  7. Tools to convert a hot tub into saltwater
  8. Products to repair a hot tub
  9. Items to improve hot tub use 

Delivery and installation

ItemWhy it is neededOutdoors or indoors
Hot Tub PadStable and secure platform for placing a hot tubOutdoors
Ground MatProtects the hot tub equipment and floor from water excess Outdoors & indoors
Exhaust FanHelps to eliminate humidity in the place you install a hot tubIndoors
DehumidifierEffectively eliminates moisture from the airIndoors
Ceramic TilesMoisture-resistant ceramic tiles to protect the walls in the place you install a hot tubIndoors

Maintaining water balance

ItemWhy it is neededHow often to use
Test strips (Chlorine or Bromine)To figure out what kind of chemicals (e.g., pH decreaser, pH increaser, TA increaser) you need to add to make the water clean and safeAfter each hot tub use
pH DecreaserMake pH and Total Alkalinity lower (the most frequent chemical balance problem) and prevent scale built-upWhen pH is over 7.8
pH IncreaserMake pH higher  to avoid skin and eye irritation, as well as avoid metal corrosionWhen pH is lower than 7.2
Total Alkalinity IncreaserAvoid cloudy water and make the sanitizer work more effectively When TA is below 80 ppm
Sanitizer: Chlorine or BromineTo kill bacteria and purify the waterAfter each use
Spa Shock: Chlorine or Non-ChlorineGet rid of organic contaminants (e.g. oil, sweat, dead skin) and enable the sanitizer to work betterOnce per week
Chlorine Starter KitAvoid buying all the items separately (if you prefer a chlorine system)Depends on the products in the kit
Bromine Starter KitAvoid buying all the items separately (if you prefer a bromine system)Depends on the products in the kit

Additional water care products

ItemWhy it is neededHow often to use
Hot Tub Water CleanserTo remove minor particles and dirt from the water that a sanitizer cannot deal withWeekly
Chemical FloaterMake maintenance process easier, just put bromine tablets in a chemical floater and let them slowly dissolve in the water, purifying itDaily

Filter replacements and cleaning products

ItemWhy it is neededHow often to use
Pre-filterEssential for areas with hard water (full of minerals) or for those customers that want the purest form of waterDaily
Cartridge filterTo catch the debris and contaminants from the waterDaily
Sand filterTo catch the debris and contaminants from the waterDaily
Ceramic filterTo catch the debris and contaminants from the waterDaily
Diatomaceous Earth FilterTo catch the debris and contaminants from the waterDaily
Filter for inflatable hot tubTo catch the debris and contaminants from the waterDaily
Filter CleanerPrevent germs from accumulating on the filterMonthly
Filter Deep CleanerGet rid of bacteria accumulated on the filter and prolong its lifeQuarterly (after draining)

Hot tub cleaning products

ItemWhy it is neededHow often to use
Flush Line ProductEliminate any contaminants in the pipes Quarterly (before draining)
Hot Tub Shell CleanerGet rid of scale build-up on the hot tub shellQuarterly (after draining)
Cover CleanerEliminate dirt from the surface of the cover and protect the hot tub cover from damaging UV raysMonthly
Jet CleanerScrub dirt from jets (hard to reach places)Quarterly (after draining)

Tools & products to drain and refill a hot tub

ItemWhy it is needed
Spa Shock: Chlorine or Non-ChlorineShock to circulate through the hot tub and kill any bacteria that may be present in the process. 
Flush Line ProductTo get rid of the dirt accumulated on the pipes
Garden HoseTo drain the water; good for small hot tubs
Sump PumpIf you need to drain the water very quickly (let’s say 10 minutes instead of around 1 hour when draining with a garden hose)
Filter Deep CleanerUsed to deep clean filters and prolong their life
Shell Cleaning SprayUsed to remove dirt and organic contaminants from the hot tub’s shell
Cover CleanerGets rid of dirt accumulated on the hot tub’s cover and protects it from harmful UV rays
Pre-filterEssential for areas with hard water (full of minerals) or for those customers that want the purest form of water
Test strips (Chlorine or Bromine)To figure out what kind of chemicals (e.g. pH decreaser, pH increaser, TA increaser) you need to add to make the water clean and safe
Sanitizer: Chlorine or BromineTo kill bacteria and purify the water after draining a hot tub

Tools & products to winterize a hot tub

ItemWhy it is needed
Spa Shock: Chlorine or Non-ChlorineShock to circulate through the hot tub and kill any bacteria that may be present in the process. 
Flush Line ProductTo get rid of the dirt accumulated on the pipes
Garden HoseTo drain the water; good for small hot tubs
Sump PumpIf you need to drain the water very quickly (let’s say 10 minutes)
Shop-Vac (optional)It works like a vacuum cleaner and helps remove excess water and debris
Filter Deep CleanerUsed to deep clean filters and prolong their life
Shell Cleaning SprayUsed to remove dirt and organic contaminants from the hot tub’s shell
Cover CleanerGets rid of dirt accumulated on the hot tub’s cover and protects it from harmful UV rays
Antifreeze solutionProtects pipes from freezing even in the coldest weather; is safe and non-toxic

Tools to convert a hot tub into saltwater

ItemWhy it is needed
Saltwater systemTo convert salt into chlorine to sanitize the water
Chlorine generators/bromine generatorsTo convert salt into chlorine/bromine to sanitize the water

Products to repair a hot tub

ItemWhy it is needed
FlashlightInspect a hot tub and find cracks 
Dark food colorSpot a leakage point
Leak SealerFix a small leak within 24 hours
Multipurpose repair plasticGet rid of bigger leaks
Silicone tapeTo fix a small leak in the inflatable hot tub
Silicone sealTo fix a small leak in the inflatable hot tub
Vinyl repair kitFix a leak in the inflatable hot tub

Items to improve hot tub use 

ItemWhy it is neededHow often to use
Hot tub coverMake water clean for a longer time and cut on heating expensesWhen a hot tub is not in use
WindscreenCut heating expenses and get more privacyDaily
Foam insulationInsulate hot tub cabinet to save money on heatingOnce

All these products are more than enough to install, maintain and repair (if needed) any type of hot tub (usual and inflatable one). In our guide, we have described in detail when you need to use a certain product or tool. There you will also find working tips from hot tub experts that will save your time, nerves, and money on hot tub maintenance as well as tips to prolong its lifespan.

ByRossi