Using Bath Bombs in a Jetted Tub (Relax and Enjoy the Bath)

Using Bath Bombs in a Jetted Tub (Relax and Enjoy the Bath)

I love taking warm baths, a soaking tub was a must-have on my list when searching for new homes. An added bonus was that our home had a deep heated jetted bathtub in our master bedroom. A private retreat where I could unwind after a long day, this truly was my dream home.

I was gifted a few bath bombs, and could not wait to unleash them in our Jetted Tub. My husband put a little damper on my excitement when he asked won’t those things damage the bathtub?

I postponed my bath consulted the user manual for our jetted bathtub. I also began to scour google and forums to determine if I would be able to safely use bath bombs in our jetted tub.  I’ve been using bath bombs in the jetted tub in my master bathroom for four years without damaging my jetted tub. Keep reading to learn how to relax and enjoy a Bath Bomb in a tub with jets.

Can You Use Bath Bombs in a Jetted Tub?

Yes, Bath Bombs can be used in a jetted bathtub, there are steps you should take during and after use to prevent damage to your jetted bathtub.  When choosing bath bombs to use in a jetted tub, select bath bombs that do not have a lot of glitters, confetti, or plant material. You can also place your bath bomb in a small mesh bag to help prevent bath bomb debris from clogging your jets.

How can Bath Bombs Damage a Jetted Tub?

Bath bombs typically contain some combination of baking soda, Epsom salt, & Citric acid that create an effervescent fizz when released into a tub of water. All of the ingredients mentioned above will dissolve in warm water and typically pose no threat to your jetted tub. If you still have your user guide consult the manual, some tubs are not recommended for use with Epsom salt.

The potential harm to your jetted tub comes from the oils, dye, Confetti, glitter, and floral material that is sometimes added to bath bombs. The dye poses a risk of staining your jetted tub, this same risk exists for bath bombs when using standard bathtubs.  If you are purchasing your bath bombs from big-name cosmetics companies or a highly reviewed merchant on ETSY this is not likely to be a problem.   

When you purchase a bath bomb from a reputable source, there is an extremely low risk of dyes staining your jetted tub. Large companies typically test and make sure there is enough dye in bath bombs to be visually appealing, but not enough dye to leave a ring around your bathtub. When purchasing bath bombs, if inadvertently dying your jetted tub is a concern, stick to large cosmetics companies. If purchasing from Etsy read the reviews to determine, if the merchant has had any issues with there product leaving a ring around their bathtub.

Oils are generally used in small quantities in bath bombs. Oils pose a risk of damaging your tub if it builds up in your jetted tub and clogs the motor or the jets. If you maintain your jetted tub according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, the oils in bath bombs should not damage your bathtub.  

The components in bath bombs that are most likely to damage your bath tub are the confetti, glitter, and floral material.  These materials do not dissolve in warm water and pose a risk to clogging the jets in a jetted bath tub.

How to prevent Bath Bombs from damaging your Jetted Tub?

Choose the Right Type of Bath Bomb for your Jetted Tub

There are plenty of bath bombs on the market that are made of the basic ingredients that easily dissolve in the bathtub. Steer clear of bath bombs that contain glitter, and other floral debris.

Contain Bath Bomb Debris with Mesh Bags

You could also Mesh bags allow the “good stuff” to flow freely into the bathtub, while containing debris that could clog your jets.  You may have an organza bag that you received a favor from a birthday party or shower in, these work great for dissolving bath bombs. If you don’t have any small mesh bags laying around, they are available on amazon. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.

Turn off the Jets

The jets in a bath Tub are less likely to get clogged if you don’t use the jets.  Jetted tubs work by sucking in water and forcefully shooting it out to create bubbles.  Some might argue that using a jetted tub without turning on the Jets is pointless. My Jetted tub is so much deeper than the other standard bathtubs in my house. A bath enhanced with a bath bomb still feels more luxurious in the jetted tub even when the Jets are turned off.

Regularly Clean your Jetted Tub after using Bath Bombs

If you choose to use bath bombs in your jetted tub, it is important that you regularly clean your bathtub. One common way to clean a jetted tub is to fill up your tub using a low foaming cleaner such as dishwasher detergent and allow the Jets to run for 15 to 20 minutes.  Then fill the tub with plain cold water and allow the bath to run for another 15 to 20 minutes. This helps to rinse the cleaning agent out of the jets.

If you use bath bombs regularly, you should deep clean your tub after about 2 or 3 bath bombs. If you choose to use bath bombs that have a high amount of glitter or other debris, you will need to deep clean more frequently. This method is what is used for a lot of jetted tubs. It is best to consult the user guide for your jetted tub and follow the recommended guidelines.

Are there alternatives to bath bombs for Jetted tubs?

Yes, if you are looking for an alternative to bath bombs there are a few alternatives:

  1. Epsom Salt Bath with Essential Oil

You can have a luxurious soak in your jetted bathtub using only Epsom salts and essential oils. You will only have the benefit of the relaxing properties of Epsom Salt, and the aromatic experience of your choice. I like to use scented Epsom salts when taking an Epsom Salt bath.  I’ve used scented Epsom salts alone, as well as to make my own DIY Bath Bomb. The Scented Epsom Salt that I use is available on Amazon, check the current price here.

  • Bubble Bars

Bubble Bars are a fun alternative to bath bombs. Instead of letting them dissolve in the tub, you hold them under the tap while the water is running.  They are typically scented, can be used multiple times, and also create soothing aromatic baths. They cost about the same amount as a bath bomb, but since they can be used multiple times, they tend to be a better value. If your jetted tub can be used for bubble baths, bubble bars are a good alternative to bath bombs.

Following the tips in this post, I retreat to my master bath about twice a month for a soothing bath bomb bath. I’ve been using bath bombs in the jetted tub in my master bathroom for four years without any issues. So, relax and enjoy your bath bombs in the jetted tub.

Mimi D.

Mimi D is the creator of Dream Plan Smile. An NYC native, she is a wife and mom with a passion for crafting. She holds a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Project Management. In her current role as a working wife and mom, she is getting a crash course in budgeting, planning, & organization.

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