Hot Tub Chemicals

The Truth About Hot Tub & Spa Chemicals

You likely don’t need about 50% of the spa and hot tub chemicals you are told to buy. Why? Hot tub chemical manufacturers want you to buy more chemicals. At Arctic Spas our policy is to only sell you what you need; we want you to spread the word that we’re the best place to shop for hot tub and spa products!

The detergents you need to use if your hot tub uses traditional paper filters are a great example of how chemical usage can be reduced with the right set of products.  If you use a traditional paper pleated filter it needs to be cleaned with a detergent every couple weeks or so. If you forget to clean it, the water can get cloudy because the filter is not filtering properly. The wrong solution is to use a water clarifier. Water clarifier is a silicone based liquid that makes particles stick together so the water appears clear for a few days. The cloudiness quickly comes back and more clarifier is needed unless something else is done. The better solution is to stop using a pleated paper filter and switch to a disposable DEPTH style filter. Depth filters trap a much smaller size particle and hold much more material than a thin paper filter. This will totally eliminate the need for filter cleaner and clarifiers, just by switching to a better filter. (And, no more cleaning dirty filters, just throw it in the recycle bin!). Less chemical, less cleaning, cleaner water. Perfect.

Chemical Free Hot Tubs

Technically, the only chemical free hot tubs are ones that are drained after each use.

However, new technology has enabled hot tubs to come very close to being chemical free. Salt water hot tub systems such as the Onzen™ Natural Salt Water Care System from Arctic Spas come very close to eliminating traditional chemical use. Salt water systems use low levels of salt dissolved in the water to generate sanitizing agents within the hot tub plumbing. This automated system eliminates the use of traditional chlorine or bromine tablets, and reduces the amount of time needed to maintain safe clean hot tub water. All Arctic Spas models can be fitted with the Onzen salt water system.

Natural Hot Tub Chemicals – Really?

There are dozens of products that claim to be natural hot tub chemicals, but many are not what they claim. Ozone, silver ions, copper ions, enzymes, hydrogen peroxide, and hydroxyl radicals are just a few of these. Some of these substances are effective hot tub sanitizers but it depends on how they are used and how much they cost. Natural hot tub chemicals and traditional products are available at all Arctic Spas stores. We also offer a very advanced water treatment system that utilizes salt water and ozone to keep the hot tub water safe and crystal clear. We call it the Onzen™ Natural Salt Water Care System.