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Your whirlpool bathtub could make you sick

Imagine after a hard day at work the kids are fed and asleep for the night. You draw the water in your whirlpool bathtub in anticipation of a relaxing soak. The mood is perfect. Well I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I do want to make you aware of some possible health risks. It turns out the place you clean yourself might not be so clean. A recent study at Texas A&M by microbiologist Rita Moyes tested 43 water samples from whirlpool bathtubs. She found that all had mild to ¬†dangerous levels of bacterial growth. Almost all showed bacteria from fecal matter, 81% showed fungi, and 34% tested positive for staph bacteria. The reason is the water lurking in the tubs pipes feeding the jets. When you shut the jets off, and drain your tub some water remains in the pipes. You have warm water with bacteria from your body in a dark place with no air movement. A perfect incubator for all manner of nasty bacteria to reproduce. It stays in the pipes until the next time you fill your tub in anticipation of a relaxing soak. When you turn on the jets it spews the stagnant water from the pipes into the tub with you.

Experts recommend adding a cup of bleach to the water in the tub before you drain it, and turning the jets on. This will circulate bleach water throughout the tubs system. Of course you do this after you’ve stepped out of the tub. ¬†Wipe your tub dry after you drain it. Then spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, or foaming disinfectant cleaner.

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