You can't hot tub without water - so it's safe to say we think about H20 a lot around here. When it comes to your AlumiTub wood-fired hot tub, here's our tips for water use — how to conserve it, how often to change it, how to clean your water, and more.
Saltwater vs. Freshwater
AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tubs are made with a highly durable marine-grade foundation, meaning you can fill your tub with saltwater safely. Both saltwater and freshwater are great options to fill your tub, and depending on the water source you have available, one might be more accessible or desirable for you to soak in.
Saltwater is softer, making it a great alternative for people with sensitive skin. It’s also odourless and can be pumped directly from the ocean. Saltwater can be drained directly back into the ocean, and doesn't require frequent chemical treatments to keep it clean. The only downside? It's not available if you're not on the ocean!
Freshwater can be pumped from any available supply (including rainwater that's been collected) or hosed directly into the tub. It requires more frequent water changes and/or treatments to keep it clean, but is more widely available as a water source and just like salt water, it can be drained and repurposed for other uses like giving the garden a drink. Just be mindful that if you've used chemical water treatments, the water needs to be neutralized before sending it back into the lake or other sensitive environments.
How Often to Change Your Water
For light use and with using the cedar lid and aluminum firebox cover when not in use to keep debris out of the tub, your water should be changed every five or six weeks. For daily use, you can still soak chemical-free by changing the water more frequently (think every 3-4 soaks), or add chemicals to sanitize your water safely and sustain the longevity of your fill. Some water treatments, like natural silver, can organically keep your water clean for months at a time.
What about saltwater? The water will remain clean; infrequent water changes will still be required based on your family's level of use. Typically, we find customers refresh their saltwater use after every 7-10 days.
How to Treat Your Water
If you're only soaking every other weekend, an AlumiTub doesn’t require chemical cleaning treatments. That's because, unlike electrical hot tubs that are always on, the water returns to ambient temperature when not in use, preventing bacterial growth.
But if you plan on using your tub for longer periods of time, you'll want to keep your water as fresh as possible. A preventive approach is always the best option to keeping your tub clean and your hot tubbing enjoyment maximized. When you keep clean, your water will stay fresh for longer and you'll spend less time draining and cleaning it out.
Here are our tips for keeping clean before using your AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub:
- Shower beforehand: Just like in Japanese onsen-style bathing, give yourself a good scrub before getting in the water. Buff your skin using an exfoliant so you slough off dead skin cells and other microorganisms, and make sure to rinse off any residue from products you may have used.
- Rinse your feet: A pair of bathing sandals is helpful for walking to and from your hot tub. They help to protect your feet (and tub!) from dirt, mud, grass and other debris. Keep a bucket next to your tub to rinse off your feet just before dipping them in the water.
- Avoid harsh laundry detergent: If you can, wash and dry your bathing suits without the use of harsh detergent or chemicals. Any residue left on your suit will also transfer to your tub.
- Try not to spill: This is a no brainer but whether you're drinking a refreshment or even snacking while tubbing, make sure you avoid spilling food or drink in your AlumiTub.
- Don't put on lotions or oils: Products like oils, soap, suntan lotion will pollute the clarity of your water making it cloudy and ripe for bacteria to grow.
When it comes to treating your water, you can choose to go au naturel or treat with chemicals. Keeping your tub chemical-free is entirely possible, you'll just need to clean it more frequently. Find out how to keep your water fresh and your tub clean. Don't want to change your tub water every week? You can always add non-toxic chemicals after every use to sustain the longevity of your water. There are pros and cons to both. Tip: customers with electricity can even opt to set up an automatic cleaning filter if they're short on water supply.
Tips for Conserving Water
For cabin owners, conserving water isn't just resourceful, it can be a necessity. When it comes to conserving water, there's a few tips and tricks that will go a long way:
Tip #1: Less is more in this case. If you treat your water more regularly, you can sustain the longevity of your fill requiring you to use less freshwater over time.
Tip #2: Use the cedar lid and aluminum firebox cover to protect your water. Debris can often make its way into your tub (such as falling leaves or pollen during spring). To protect your water and keep it as clean as possible, keep the cedar lid on at any time, and use the firebox cover for when the stove isn't in use.
Tip #3: Repurpose your water! You can always reuse your chemical-free, or neutralized, water in the garden, keeping your hot tub paradise looking lush and beautiful.