Open Request Form


Man walking up steps to get into swim spa.

10 Things to Do Before Getting in the Hot Tub

  |   Maintenance & Water Care, Ownership, General   |   No comment

There’s something undeniably luxurious about slipping into a hot tub for some well-deserved relaxation. However, before you get in, it’s important to ensure you’ve taken care of a few essential pre-hot tub rituals. From hygiene to safety measures, here’s a comprehensive guide of things to do before getting in the hot tub.


Showering before dipping into a hot tub is not just a matter of common courtesy, but it’s also crucial for maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the water. Our bodies naturally carry oils, dirt, and bacteria, which can quickly accumulate in the hot tub water, leading to unpleasant odors and potential health hazards. By taking a quick shower beforehand, you can rinse off these contaminants, ensuring that you enter the hot tub with a clean slate. Not only does this practice contribute to a more enjoyable and relaxing experience for everyone, but it also helps to prolong the lifespan of the hot tub’s filtration system, saving you time and money on maintenance in the long run.


Woman hydrating on the side of her swim spa.
Hydration is key before soaking in hot water. As your body absorbs the heat from the water, it naturally increases perspiration, leading to fluid loss and potential dehydration. By drinking water beforehand, you can help offset this loss and ensure that your body remains adequately hydrated throughout your hot tub session. Proper hydration not only helps regulate your body temperature but also promotes circulation and aids in the elimination of toxins, enhancing the overall therapeutic effects of the hot tub experience.

Prepare a Tasty Treat

Preparing a snack and drink before sinking into your hot tub can level up your relaxation experience! After a dip in the spa, your body may crave replenishment and nourishment. Having a snack readily available allows you to satisfy those post-soak hunger pangs without having to leave the comfort of the hot tub. Pick some refreshing snacks such as fruits, veggies, and nuts, or bring out your favorite snacks. Food makes everything better.

Check the Water Temperature

Before getting in, check the water temperature to ensure it’s within a safe and comfortable range. Hot tubs are designed to provide relaxation and therapeutic benefits, but if the water temperature is too high, it can pose risks such as burns, overheating, and dehydration. Conversely, if the water is too cold, it may not deliver the desired therapeutic effects or could cause discomfort. By taking a moment to verify the water temperature before getting in, you can adjust it to a comfortable level that suits your preferences and avoids any potential hazards. Typically, people try to heat their hot tub between 100°F to 104°F (37°C to 40°C).
This simple precaution helps to promote relaxation, reduces the likelihood of accidents, and allows you to fully enjoy the soothing benefits of your hot tub.

Test the Water Chemistry

Person testing their hot tub's water chemistry with water care test strip.
Use a test strip to check the hot tub water’s pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. Proper water chemistry ensures that the water is balanced, free from harmful contaminants, and safe for soaking. Imbalanced water chemistry can lead to skin irritation, bacterial growth, and even damage to the hot tub equipment. By regularly testing the water for pH levels, sanitizer concentration, and other chemical balances, you can maintain a clean and healthy environment. This proactive approach not only enhances your hot tub experience by promoting comfort and well-being but also minimizes the need for extensive maintenance and repairs down the line. Prioritizing water chemistry testing is a small investment of time that yields significant rewards in terms of safety, enjoyment, and the longevity of your hot tub investment.

Remove Debris

Leaves, insects, dirt, and other debris can accumulate on the surface of the water and in the tub’s filtration system, potentially leading to clogs and affecting water quality. Take a moment to skim the surface and remove any visible debris. Not only does this practice contribute to a more hygienic environment, but it also helps to prolong the lifespan of the hot tub’s equipment and reduces the need for frequent maintenance.

Set the Mood

A Series Hot Tub Lighting
Creating the right ambiance with soft lighting, soothing music, and perhaps even some aromatic candles or essential oils. By taking the time to set the mood, you can cultivate a serene environment that allows you to fully unwind and escape the stresses of daily life. Some hot tubs come with light and audio systems where you can change the color and music. Pick the color and music that works for you. Another option is turning off the lights and sound, and enjoy the sounds of nature and stargaze.

Remove Jewelry

Remove any jewelry, including rings, necklaces, and bracelets, before getting into the hot tub. Metals can react with the water and cause discoloration or damage to the jewelry.

Use the Restroom

Take a bathroom break before getting into the hot tub to avoid interruptions once you’re in the water. This ensures a more relaxing and uninterrupted soak.

Set a Time Limit

While it’s tempting to linger in the hot tub for hours, it’s important to set a time limit to avoid overheating and dehydration. By establishing a predetermined time limit for your soak, you can ensure that you enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy without overexposure. Aim for 15 to 30 minutes per session, with breaks in between. Additionally, setting a time limit allows for equal access to the hot tub among multiple users and helps to prevent overcrowding, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. Remember, moderation is key.
By following these steps before getting in the hot tub, you can ensure a safe, clean, and enjoyable hot tub experience. So, next time you’re ready to indulge in the warmth of your hot tub, remember to take a moment to prepare yourself and the hot tub before jumping right in for the ultimate relaxation session.

AUTHOR - Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog Spas is a premier brand of personalized premium hot tubs. With proprietary hydromassage technology and an eye for contemporary design, Bullfrog Spas is revolutionizing the concept of the portable hot tub and providing a relaxation experience unlike any other. Discover the award winning spa of the future today.

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.