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monkeyknuckler
03-15-2010, 03:39 PM
While giving my DD4 a bath in the big tub at BLT the other week, we had to evacuate because of brown scum floating on top of the water. "Daddy, what is that stuff?" Jeebers, good thing the 1 bdrm has 2 tubs. This is what was left around the entire tub when we drained the water out - please, don't use a bomb in the tub:
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Michael-DVC
03-15-2010, 03:48 PM
Gross

bumbershoot
03-15-2010, 03:53 PM
That's what they do to normal tubs as well. Since I'm the tub cleaner, and was the one-time bath bomb user, it's just NOT relaxing, and I don't use them anymore!

SiAmCrAzY
03-15-2010, 03:59 PM
While visiting white basin at DTD, I often wondered about that. I have never stayed there with a whirpool tub before but I will file this away just in case lol
very gross. Did you report it to Disney? and if so what if anything did they do? I was under the impression that hotels flushed the jets on those tubs between guests??!!?? :scared1:
If not I may not be using the whirlpool at our timeshare ever again.

It'sWDW4me
03-15-2010, 04:01 PM
I remember seeing a thread about this. Someone called hotel jacuzzi tubs something along the line of "toilet tub" :lmao: The body oils and the dirt that clings to the oil gets caught up in the jets. You're basically bathing in other people's sweat and gunk. :sick::scared:

If I remember correctly, somebody recommended cleaning that type of tub before using it by filling it with very hot water, squirting in some dish detergent (works best to cut the grease) and turning the jets on for a while. Empty the tub and repeat with clean warm water to get the dish soap out of the jets.

Sounds like too much hassle for me. I'll just use the shower. :thumbsup2

monkeyknuckler
03-15-2010, 05:10 PM
That's what they do to normal tubs as well. Since I'm the tub cleaner, and was the one-time bath bomb user, it's just NOT relaxing, and I don't use them anymore!

If this was ME and MY bomb, I would be ok with that, I'd just clean it up. This is a situation where the tub appeared clean before we used it, filled it up with water, and turned on the jets. All was sparkling clean before the jets went on. This was someone elses bomb junk in our tub water. I called housekeeping and they cleaned it up, but not very well, there was still bomb scum in some places. We just said forget it and used the little tub. DW will never use one of these things. Bleech.

jennypenny
03-15-2010, 05:12 PM
Yup, fill the tub, dump in some cascade, and run the jets for 15 minutes. It's part of my check in cleaning, along with washing the blankets and putting away the scummy bedspreads.

Those tubs are just like the pedicure tubs that got a bad rap for giving people horrible infections.

Try not to think about it too much. If you give too much thought to the cleanliness of hotel rooms you won't ever want to go back.

lulu2
03-15-2010, 06:00 PM
That looks exactly like what we found after using out hot tub at AKV in October:eek:. We were done with the tub at that point. Housekeeping stated it was from the liquid soap, not sure about that one. Anyway, won't be using the hot tubs again.

NewJerseyDVCMembers
03-15-2010, 06:11 PM
We go to the laundry room, spend a dollar on the powdered clorox from the vending machine, fill the tub enough to cover the jets, use half the pack, run the jets, rinse repeat with the other half, rinse. It takes a little time, but its worth it.

Best Aunt
03-15-2010, 06:56 PM
We go to the laundry room, spend a dollar on the powdered clorox from the vending machine

I heard that people use dishwasher detergent, because it has bleach in it. It didn't occur to me to get stuff from the laundry room. Good tip!

CrazyDuck
03-15-2010, 08:04 PM
Definately use dishwasher soap, for no other reason than the fact that it does not foam up. We have a large 6' jacuzzi tub at home and if we don't use it daily a black film will build up and shoot out when we turn on the jets... So whenever my kids want to use the tub I fill up the tub and run the jets for 15 minutes with diswasher soap (powder works best) then rinse then do it all over again twice. So we run 3 cycles with soap, then 1 cycle with no soap to just rinse it out... So 200 gallons of water and 1 hour later the tub is ready to use :rolleyes: That's why after living in this house for 6 years we have only used the bathtub 3 times! So don't forget the powdered dishwasher detergent for your ouners locker! :thumbsup2

franandaj
03-15-2010, 08:48 PM
I'm glad to know this, I practically LIVE in that tub when we are in a villa. I'm having my first Studio experience next month at the GCV so we'll see how I hold up. I will be sure to bring some dishwasher soap next time I am in a 1 bedroom. I always use bath salts in the tub, but what is a "bath bomb" :confused3

DonnaL
03-15-2010, 09:01 PM
This info came directly from the hot tub service guy we use at home....he also services whirlpool tubs. "Don't ever use a hotel/resort whirlpool without cleaning the jets first. When water drains from a jetted tub, some water always stays in the tubing. So, in essence, even if the tub is cleaned thoroughly by housekeeping and the jets are not run through with a sanitizer...you are taking a bath with whomever stayed in that room before you. The best way to clean/sanitize the jets is to fill the tub up, add a cup or so of bleach and turn those jets on.....leave it run for at least 20 minutes....then drain and run a rinse thru the jets." We never use the jetted tub unless we follow this procedure first.

jekjones1558
03-15-2010, 09:35 PM
No need to bring or buy dishwasher soap. 1 bedrooms have dishwasher soap provided and mousekeeping will bring more at no charge if you run out. Personally I think the idea of getting bleach from the laundry vending machine is a great idea.

brandip22
03-15-2010, 09:40 PM
I was also wondering what a bath bomb was, but I am guessing it's some type of bath smelly stuff! I will definitely have to clean the jets out when I get there as we love that tub!! But, eww- I am now grossed out!

Lost in Neverland
03-15-2010, 09:43 PM
I remember seeing a thread about this. Someone called hotel jacuzzi tubs something along the line of "toilet tub" :lmao: The body oils and the dirt that clings to the oil gets caught up in the jets. You're basically bathing in other people's sweat and gunk. :sick::scared:

If I remember correctly, somebody recommended cleaning that type of tub before using it by filling it with very hot water, squirting in some dish detergent (works best to cut the grease) and turning the jets on for a while. Empty the tub and repeat with clean warm water to get the dish soap out of the jets.

Sounds like too much hassle for me. I'll just use the shower. :thumbsup2

I am a freak when it comes to using tubs in rental properties but I could not resist the urge to use the jet tub at OKW. We purchased a box of jacuzzi cleaner from Lowes Home Improvement. Then when we arrived I ran the tub and used the cleaner while we unpacked. The box cost about $4 and had 2 treatments in it so I am ready for our next trip by just leaving it in our OL. I would have had a fit if that had happened to my family when they tried to take a bath.

dis-happy
03-15-2010, 10:11 PM
Yech!

Thanks for the warning.

pirateparrot
03-15-2010, 10:58 PM
I keep a few dishwasher tablets in my travel bag with my other tioletries. Never know when you are going to check into a hotel with a whirlpool. It takes a few minutes for the tablet to break down but it is very convenient to carry with you.

culli
03-16-2010, 08:19 AM
I remember a post going around a year or so ago about this situation. Ever since where ever we go I use bleach in the tubs and wash blankets, pillow covers etc before I use them. Oh yeah I also wash all dishes in the dishwasher. Yeah it probably takes about an hour but it is part of our routine now.

dcamdad
03-16-2010, 12:29 PM
I posted last year the best way to clean jacuuzi or jetted tubs so here it is again.
1. Fill the tub with hot water only about 1" above the jets.
2. Add 1/2 cup bleach and 1/2 cup powdered dishwasher detergent. Do not use the packs with the jet dry added.
3. Circulate the water for 15 - 20 minutes, starting and stoping a few times. This helps dislodge "gunk" from the internal piping.
4. Drain the tub and refill with water only.
5. Circulate another 5 - 10 minutes. No need to start and stop at this point.
6. Drain and your ready to use.

helloconnie
03-16-2010, 05:07 PM
This looks like th residue left behind by the Bath & Bodyworks aroma theraphy line of bath oils/bubbles.

I have a jetted tub at home and after I use the above mentioned products I get the same looking funk.

dzorn
03-16-2010, 05:25 PM
I remember seeing a thread about this. Someone called hotel jacuzzi tubs something along the line of "toilet tub" :lmao: The body oils and the dirt that clings to the oil gets caught up in the jets. You're basically bathing in other people's sweat and gunk. :sick::scared:

If I remember correctly, somebody recommended cleaning that type of tub before using it by filling it with very hot water, squirting in some dish detergent NO NO NO disher washer detergent not liquid dish soap. You would have bubble galore.(works best to cut the grease) and turning the jets on for a while. Empty the tub and repeat with clean warm water to get the dish soap out of the jets.

Sounds like too much hassle for me. I'll just use the shower. :thumbsup2

Standard procedure for us. Check in get to room, fill tub add cascade add bleach. Run jets while unpacking. If any thing gross comes out inform housekeeping. otherwise drain tub and fill again to rinse.

Housekeeping will run a special cleaner in the jets but the smell is strong so I will usually wait to call the next morning when we are going to be out of the room.

Denise in MI

speakupjc
03-16-2010, 07:10 PM
Ewwww. I never thought about any of this. Thanks for the info.

discott71
03-16-2010, 07:16 PM
This info came directly from the hot tub service guy we use at home....he also services whirlpool tubs. "Don't ever use a hotel/resort whirlpool without cleaning the jets first. When water drains from a jetted tub, some water always stays in the tubing. So, in essence, even if the tub is cleaned thoroughly by housekeeping and the jets are not run through with a sanitizer...you are taking a bath with whomever stayed in that room before you. The best way to clean/sanitize the jets is to fill the tub up, add a cup or so of bleach and turn those jets on.....leave it run for at least 20 minutes....then drain and run a rinse thru the jets." We never use the jetted tub unless we follow this procedure first.

This is exactly what my husband does upon check in! No dish wash soap - straight clorox!

Splat25
03-16-2010, 07:59 PM
Great info for our first trip home in a few months, thank you :thumbsup2

Garthilk
03-19-2010, 07:20 PM
Hmm,

Is this kind of thing normal for DVC? Are the tubs not being cleaned properly? I mean the fact that several people in this thread have a ritual for cleaning the tubs gives the idea that they're not being cleaned properly and that people actually have to plan for them not being clean.

Am I missing something?

CrazyDuck
03-19-2010, 07:30 PM
Hmm,

Is this kind of thing normal for DVC? Are the tubs not being cleaned properly? I mean the fact that several people in this thread have a ritual for cleaning the tubs gives the idea that they're not being cleaned properly and that people actually have to plan for them not being clean.

Am I missing something?

It's not that they are not being cleaned properly, rather jetted tubs can not be cleaned properly. It is the nature of those tubs. When the tubs are drained water will continue to set in the jet tubing. After a while all kinds of fun stuff will happen with the water in the tubes. Any soap in the tubes will solidify, the water will become stagnant etc..etc... The next person that fills up the tub and turns on the jets will get a nice surprise... one way to aleviate this would be to drain the tub after you are done, fill it up with water again, add some chlorine and run the jets for a couple of minutes. then drain the tub... But rather than expect the previous guest to do this for you you should just expect to do it for yourself when you check into a room with a jetted tub!

permavac
03-19-2010, 07:57 PM
Hmm,

Is this kind of thing normal for DVC? Are the tubs not being cleaned properly? I mean the fact that several people in this thread have a ritual for cleaning the tubs gives the idea that they're not being cleaned properly and that people actually have to plan for them not being clean.

Am I missing something?

I hate to break it to you but hardly anything is cleaned "properly" when you are staying in a hotel (Disney or otherwise) after another guest. From the typical housekeeping staff perspective, if it "looks" clean then there's no need to bother with it and they won't - they're in a hurry to get to the next room. Before you get to a hotel room someone else could have peed on the carpets, drooled on the pillows, puked on the bed, sweat it out all day on the sofa and wiped their athlete's foot all over the kitchen counter. Believe me - no one is there sanitizing the place so it's up to you. We always bring plenty of lysol wipes and cleansers and really give all hotel rooms a thorough scrubbing. But, like jennypenny said, we try not to let it gross us out too much. We do what we can then try to relax about it all or we'd never be able to stay in a hotel room - and we love to travel too much for that.

Terri

Paticake
03-20-2010, 10:21 AM
I bought bleach at Publix's on our last trip after reading a similar thread on these boards. It didn't take too long to fill and I let the jets run and I felt better about relaxing in the tub each night. I love the idea of buying the powdered blech at the laundry room when we don't have a car.

Alexander
03-20-2010, 06:51 PM
That brown ring isn't necessarily from a bath bomb. It is the dead skin cells, dirt, and body oil from who ever used the tub last. You HAVE to clean those tubs BEFORE you use them. The only place it seems to take forever to clean is OKW because the tubs are HUGE.

sjs314
03-20-2010, 08:34 PM
I am so glad I came across this thread since I have never used a whirlpool tub before , this November will be our first in a room with one and now I can be prepared to clean it before using it. Showed my DH this tread and he said yuk , then said he is not using it :rotfl2: oh well more relaxing time for me I guess :rotfl:

culli
03-22-2010, 09:43 PM
I noticed at the Wyndham at Glacier Canyon that we go to frequently they use to have the tubs with whirlpool. Then about 6-12 months ago we noticed they disabled all the whirlpool functions, in all the units we stayed in since they are all just big bathtubs now. These are fairly new as they are still selling developer inventory, I would guess oldest units are maybe 5 years? I would see this being a trend, I'm sure all hotels/resorts have to get sick of calls and people just going crazy about cleanliness etc.

mel&me
03-22-2010, 10:18 PM
same with us, one of the first things we do is run tub with cleaner and rinse.

corpcomp
03-22-2010, 11:06 PM
Use the BCV tub every day we are there and never had a problem. Lucky I guess. Now I'm not sure its an attraction anymore after seeing that pic.

Ms. WDW
03-24-2010, 07:34 AM
Glad I stopped to read this thread. I know what I'll be doing in exactly 199 days!! Cleaning out the jets of the jacuzzi!!! :thumbsup2

dzorn
03-24-2010, 09:13 AM
I noticed at the Wyndham at Glacier Canyon that we go to frequently they use to have the tubs with whirlpool. Then about 6-12 months ago we noticed they disabled all the whirlpool functions, in all the units we stayed in since they are all just big bathtubs now. These are fairly new as they are still selling developer inventory, I would guess oldest units are maybe 5 years? I would see this being a trend, I'm sure all hotels/resorts have to get sick of calls and people just going crazy about cleanliness etc.

If they disable all the functions but still have the holes how do they ever get the inside clean?:confused: At least with the jets functioning you can clean them without the bacteria just builds up inside.:scared1:

Denise in MI

culli
03-26-2010, 07:41 PM
If they disable all the functions but still have the holes how do they ever get the inside clean?:confused: At least with the jets functioning you can clean them without the bacteria just builds up inside.:scared1:

Denise in MI

They have them plugged I believe, not sure on specifics but it just a big bathtub now. Next time I go I will take a closer look.