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Apps to Help you Relax and De-stress in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to let yourself decompress and relax. While your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub is an excellent way to de-stress, you may also look to your smartphone or tablet to further assist in achieving a tranquil state of mind. Here are some must-try apps that will help you fully unwind while enjoying your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub:

Rainy Mood App

This application is available on iTunes and the Android market. In its most basic mode, it produces the sound of a soft, soothing rain shower. Additional options include “impact textures” (such as rain hitting dirt, or a tin roof) and the ability to utilize your music library in the background. Turn on this app, close your eyes, and let your mind wander.

Calm App

This app is designed to guide you through the meditation process, but it’s also excellent at helping you relax or doze off. Listen to guided meditation sessions and set up background sounds to block out the noise of the world around you. The app is also equipped with soothing meditative music and additional content. You can get it on iTunes and for Android phones.

Spa Soundscapes Channel on iHeartRadio

Download the iHeartRadio app to your tablet or smartphone and switch the channel to Spa Soundscapes. This station plays quiet, soothing music that fades easily into the background. It remains an unobtrusive presence during your soak in your hot tub or bathtub. Lean back, close your eyes, and let the music surround you and ease you into complete relaxation. This app is available on iTunes and the Android market.

Audiobooks

There’s nothing better than curling up in bed with a good book…except relaxing in your hot tub or bathtub with a good audiobook. Load the audio version of your favorite book onto your smartphone or tablet and listen to the story unfold. Audiobook narrators are often experienced voice actors and may even bring new nuances to stories you thought you knew by heart.

Sky Map

Before you climb into your hot tub, power up Sky Map on a clear night and hold your phone up to the sky to identify a number of constellations. Once you know where the constellations are, you can put your phone in a safe place and gaze at the star patterns you’ve identified from the warmth of your hot tub. This app is available on iTunes and Android.

Sometimes it can be hard to force yourself to enjoy some downtime. With these apps and your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub, you’ll be able to create the ideal setting for relaxation.

Creative Ideas for Your Winter Hot Tub Party

Winter has arrived, which means long, cold nights. Why not welcome the season—and combat the chill—with a gathering of family and friends? Make your backyard a winter sanctuary by offering food, drink, and of course a soak in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Here are some creative ideas for your winter hot tub party:

Install Lights

In winter, your trees are often bare. This may look bleak during the daytime, but bare branches are far easier to adorn with lights. Hang strings of lights from the branches, running them through separate trees or connecting trees to one another. When the sun goes down, you’ll have a magnificent winter light show.

 Provide Warmth

Keep your guests warm and cozy by providing a basket full of blankets and towels. If you have a towel heater, place the blankets there to warm them up before handing them out. When your party makes its way to the hot tub, keep the towels on the heater or at least in a protected place to ensure you can all wrap up with something comfortable and dry when you step out of the water.

Offer Toasty Drinks

Combat the cold air of a winter evening with a bar full of warm drinks. Keep hot chocolate, tea, and coffee standing by, as well as some stouter beverages. Offer your guests a Spanish hot coffee—made with coffee and Spanish bourbon—or a hot buttered rum.

Make S’mores

You can’t go wrong with s’mores to warm up a winter night. Light the fire pit, cover an outdoor table with a festive cloth, and then set out the ingredients for these cold-weather treats. Remember to use the old standbys of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, but you can offer your guests more creative options as well. Provide caramel, more elaborate types of chocolate like dark or white, and fruits like strawberries and bananas. For a salty and sweet combination, offer your guests bacon bits to sprinkle on their s’mores.

There’s a great deal you can do to celebrate the winter season with your friends and family. For a special touch, consider sending out invitations to properly invite your guests to your party. Kori Clark has created the perfect invitation for every Jacuzzi® Hot Tub-themed celebration, making it easy for you to add another touch of creativity and style to your winter celebration.

Essential Accessories for Your Hot Tub

Your spa is going to provide years of enjoyment and potential health benefits, but why not accessorize it and make it more your own? Whether you want to make your hot tub more easily accessible or are looking to craft a more enjoyable experience for you and your guests, the Jacuzzi® Parts Store has something for you. These accessories will add a great deal to your hot tub and the area you set it in.

Steps

Getting in and out of your hot tub shouldn’t be a physical workout. If you’ve had a little trouble climbing into your spa, a set of steps will make getting in and out easier. The steps come in a variety of colors to match your existing décor, and most can be assembled in a minimal amount of time by one person.

Cover Lifter/Mount

One of the best things you can do for your spa is cover it. The cover keeps the heat in as well as prevents debris, insects, and the like from falling into the hot tub. But covers can be heavy and difficult to move; make the process easier on yourself with a cover lifter or mount. Once this equipment is installed, you’ll be able to remove your spa’s cover easily.

Spa All Purpose Cleaner

There’s no getting around it: Your hot tub will accumulate some grime as time goes on. Make a quick cleaning part of your periodic maintenance session. Just spray this cleaner onto the exterior and wipe away stains and buildup with a cloth. You can also use this on the interior of your hot tub when the water is drained.

Cover Cleaner

You keep your spa sparkling clean, so give your cover the same treatment. Spray this onto your cover every five or six weeks and buff it in with a paper towel – be careful not to get it on your hands, as it may irritate your skin. The cleaner will keep your spa cover looking as lustrous and clean as your spa itself, and will also protect against UV ray-induced fading.

Towel Warmer

There’s nothing quite like soaking in your hot tub to ward off the chill of a winter night. But what happens when you step out of your spa and into the evening air? Place your towels into a towel warmer before getting into your spa; when you climb out, you’ll have a toasty towel to wrap yourself in.

Your hot tub is not a static item, sitting unchangeable in your backyard. It’s part of your home, so outfit it according to your own needs and tastes as they change. Proper care will ensure its longevity.

3 Entertaining Games to Play in Your Hot Tub

You already know how relaxing your spa is, but you might not realize just how much enjoyable it can be too. Unlike pools, most people don’t associate hot tubs with games even though there are quite a few you can play. Here are three games to try out with your friends and family this weekend:

Musical Jets

Musical jets is just like musical chairs with the added twist of involving your hot tub. Start by shutting down a portion of the jets in your spa. Have someone play a song (for example via the Bluetooth enabled Jacuzzi® Hot Tub) while everyone in the spa moves around in a clockwise motion. Just like musical chairs, when that person stops the music, everyone has to stop where they’re at. Unlike musical chairs however, where you’re scattering to find a chair, in musical jets you’re trying to sit down in front of a jet. If there isn’t a jet blowing up against you when you freeze, you’re out and have to leave the hot tub while everyone else finishes the game.

The Mine Game

Turn off the jets in your hot tub and drop in five to 10 ping pong balls, rubber ducks, or some other type of small, floating toys. The objective of the game is not to touch the floating objects; you can scramble out of the way as much as you can, but your feet must remain in the tub.

If you come into contact with an object, you have to leave the tub and place two more objects inside. After a few minutes, whoever has survived the onslaught of small toys is the victor.

Hot Tub Hockey

Using a ping pong ball or something else that floats, hot tub hockey involves trying to move this object to your opponent’s side of the spa without using your hands. Start off by placing the ping pong ball in the middle of the tub, between you (your team) and your opponent. Each time your team manages to move the ball to the opposing team’s wall, you earn a point. Splashing is allowed and can be a great way to heat up the competition! The team that scores three points first is the winner.

Most Popular Backyard Additions to Complement Your Hot Tub

As a hot tub owner, your backyard is probably already your go-to relaxation spot. But what if you want to take it further than just soaking in your spa? Here are four outdoor additions to complement your hot tub and backyard:

Add More Water
Create your own oasis by installing a waterfall. Used in places known for serenity, like massage therapy rooms, the sound of a waterfall is synonymous with relaxation. Ponds, which can include waterfalls, koi fish, or other additions, can also make your backyard more attractive and inviting.

Incorporate Fire

Similar to a bonfire on the beach, a fire pit can give your backyard a sense of nostalgia that can be very soothing after a long day. Whether you build a permanent outdoor fireplace or purchase a portable version, make sure to check your local ordinances before you invest as some cities limit the size and use of fire pits. Tiki torches are also a nice way to give your backyard that resort feel, as well as helping keep the bugs away.

Create a Yoga or Relaxation Area
Similar to the way your hot tub provides a variety of hydrotherapy benefits for your entire back, yoga is a great way to relax and relieve your spine of the compression it endures each day. Create a dedicated outdoor space for yoga, meditation, and other relaxation methods to give you and your family members a place to unwind each day.

Build an Outdoor Bar
Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine with your partner or entertaining friends, an outdoor bar can make your backyard a more welcoming environment. Rather than disrupting conversation to trek back and forth from the kitchen, this outdoor addition provides that added convenience of having a fully stocked bar and glassware on hand, making entertaining more enjoyable and less stressful.

Signs it’s Time to Drain and Refill

When it comes to draining and refilling your hot tub, it’s a bit of a Goldilocks situation. Draining your spa too often is a waste of valuable water, while not draining it enough could create health problems for you. Therefore, it’s all about finding when is “just right” for your hot tub. Follow our simple guidelines for knowing when it’s a good time to drain and refill your spa.

Do the Math

One way to determine if your hot tub needs a good rinse and drain is to pull out the calculator. Divide the number of gallons of spa water by the number of bathers who usually use the tub. Then divide that number by three to figure out how often you should go through the process.

For example, if your spa holds 200 gallons and you have four bathers each day, that’s 200 divided by four, which equals 50. Divide 50 by three, and you should drain your spa every 16 days or so.

Check for Foam and Funk

If your spa is running especially foamy and the antifoam you add isn’t doing the trick, this a sure sign it’s time to change out the water. The same goes for funky looking or discolored water too.

Take a Whiff

Another easy way of determining when your tub needs to drain is if the water begins to smelly funny. Any out-of-the-ordinary smell is a cry for fresh water.

Check the Calendar

If your tub has been sitting empty for a while, this is another time when it’s a good idea to refill, rinse, and drain. Filling and then draining your tub will help clear the plumbing lines and rid it of buildup.

Make Goldilocks proud and find the spa cleaning routine that is just right for you and your tub. Keeping in mind how often you use your tub and watching out for these warning signs are good indicators as to when your spa needs a refill and rinse.

Is Your Hot Tub Irritating Your Skin?

If you start developing a rash after soaking in your spa, the experience can quickly go from hot tub party to hot mess. A red, itchy, bumpy rash on your skin after a dip is a reaction a small number of people have to hot tubs. In some cases, your rash could be an infection from the germ pseudomonas aeruginosa, but in other cases it could be an allergic reaction to certain chemicals.

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Once-a-month Hot Tub Cleaning Guide

While your hot tub requires daily and weekly maintenance, there are also a few simple chores you’ll need to do once a month to keep your spa in tip-top shape. From cleaning the cover to adding scale remover, don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to maintain your hot tub.

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Must-have Backyard Gadgets

When you’re looking to make your backyard party more inviting, sometimes it’s simply in the details. Instead of fretting over creating a masterfully designed landscape and installing the swankiest hot tub model on the market, consider some of our suggested gadgets. In fact, you may already have them lying around in your home. Re-purpose these gadgets and transform your BBQ from an ordinary cookout to something the neighbors will talk about for years.

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Hottest Accessories for Your Hot Tub

You’ve had your hot tub for a few seasons now, and it’s been a popular spot for friends and family during your backyard parties. From your luaus to your star gazing sessions, your guests are beginning to wonder how you’ll top your last hot tub festivities.

While you still want to keep your hot tub as the center attraction at your backyard bashes this summer, why not update it with the hottest accessories on the market? Shift the focus from your waterproof hors d’oeuvres and beach-y cocktails and let your new hot tub additions be the life of the party instead. To ensure your next get-together is the talk of the town, check out our favorite spa accessories:

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Outdoor Hot Tub Summer Tips

How-to’s from the Customer Showcase

image004 300x225 Outdoor Hot Tub Summer TipsJacuzzi® hot tub owners Barry and Patti Wilson of Newcastle, Ontario didn’t know their backyard was going to be a case study. But we think their Jacuzzi J-400™ Collection hot tub installation provides lots of good summer backyard ideas.

Create a fresh, seasonal environment around your hot tub
For example, note the palms near the hot tub, their green leaves framing the sparkling water of the hot tub. The Wilson’s home is located in Newcastle, Ontario, which is situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario – not a place where palms grow naturally. Bringing in palm plants during the summer can calm the spirit with visions of tropical climates, and it’s an inexpensive way to create a fresh, seasonal environment around your hot tub.

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