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    hot tub/spa and swimming pool cleanliness

    I recently I had to renew my CPO certificate (certified pool operator)

    I am mediocre chemistry student and my grades in college are a good reflection of my understanding

    However I do understand about hot tub and pool chemistry and the importance of being them being clean….in fact more than clean, spotless and sparkling is the goal.

    So, when you are in Aruba or anywhere else with a spa and or a pool remember:
    The water should be clear and sparkling.
    In a hot tub there should be no foam (white or brown)

    If you are vacationing in Aruba or anywhere else where there is a pool or a hot tub, please do your due diligence for disease prevention.
    A simple and non intrusive way to check the pool/hot tub chemistry is to purchase a chlorine/bromine test strip kit.
    I keep a test kit in my pool bag, as does my husband.
    We test the hot tub at our clubhouse before we get in and often times especially after a heavy rain we test the pool.

    If you find that the chlorine is LOW or non existent and the pool or hot tub is cloudy or foamy.......DO NOT ENTER and make sure that management are aware of the situation.


    https://www.amazon.com/Poolmaster-22...ne+test+strips


    This linked article is old, but it is pretty complete.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/...n_5268919.html

    Our container of test strips is now in my Aruba bag. (Packing has begun)

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    Thanks for the reminder
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We avoid all hot tubs/spas on vacation. The way "parents" allow their children to run amok and use the hot tubs as their personal kiddie pools is enough to keep me from touching them with a 10 foot leaf skimmer pole...

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    Good idea! I'm a microbiologist and by no means a germophobe (e.g., I rarely carry hand sanitizer). But I'm with Walt: I hardly ever enter a spa/hot tub where I don't know much about the use and maintenance. At cooler temperatures, pools retain chlorine longer, so if they are sparkling I will usually swim. I'll have to start carrying some indicator strips with me.

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    Wow, I always see white foam when a hot tub it is turned on at different places I have been. What does that mean Andrea? Where can I buy the test strips?

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    Good information to know. I never use a hot tub anywhere but everyone who does should be aware of these tips.

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    the strips can be bought at any pool supply Pinch a Penney or Leslies or Amazon.
    they are usually less than $10 for a container of 50.

    the foam is cause by the water's alkalinity reacting to lotions (any kind of lotion), hair conditioner, leave in hair product, deodorant, fabric softener and other stuff.

    the foam usually starts out white and then after a period of hours gets grey and then brown.

    paul and i own a hot tub ( no one except us, son, dil and 2 grandsons) use it.
    the water sparkles and it is pristine.
    then the grandchildren come.
    we turn the temp down to 95 and it became their play area.
    within 2 days our pristine sparkling hot tub CRASHED ...disgusting white/ grey foam.
    reason: sun block on the boys and my DIL had hair product.

    our hot tub is used only by paul and i during the late evening or early morning...so we are never loaded up with lotion sunblock. also too, before we go in we wash to remove deodorant. it is amazing what deodorant and lotions do to hot tub water.


    this photo is not of paul and liam in the hot tub. but it wont let me delete.
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    Wow, I always see white foam when a hot tub it is turned on at different places I have been. What does that mean Andrea? Where can I buy the test strips?
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    Andrea is absolutely correct. I was a Chemistry major in college and also have my CPO since I sell chemicals for a living (no not chemicals sold at the corner Lol) Hot tubs are disgusting and should be avoided at all; costs. Most hotels will dump and fill daily and if you find when they fill with fresh water take full advantage otherwise stay away!! Also a quick note, when you stay at the Hampton or Fairfield Inn inside pools etc... and you smell Chlorine stay away!! Most people associate Chlorine smell with clean, when actually it is the complete opposite. Chlorine smell is Choloromines which is considered dead (used) chlorine that means the body of water is a bacteria trap.... Good luck and most importantly keep the Bright bottles away and stick to Balshi around the pool or spa!!
    Last edited by mattmorr; 10-27-2017 at 10:41 PM.
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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    I'm in pool water 8 times a week. On rare occasions I've gotten mild infections after swimming. My next trip to a home center or walmart, I am picking up some test indicators. Heck, might pick up an entire kit to test for chloramines.

    Thanks Andrea, from fellow O-chem sufferer



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    Boy Andrea you are a wealth of information on this subject. After reading all of this I feel a little smarter this morning.

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