Warmer weather is coming, and we’ve combined our best tips to help you with this year’s spring hot tubbing season!
Looking for some creative ideas to store and organize your hot tub supplies? I don’t know about you, but here in Olympia, WA, springtime brings rainy weather. Keeping spa chemicals and test strips away from moisture can be a real task. Our blog “How to Properly Store Hot tub Chemicals + 4 Nifty Organization Ideas” has some great tips on how to keep your hot tub supplies fresh, functional and organized!
- Keep your hot tub supplies in a room temperature (55-70°) dry storage environment. Make sure lids and caps are securely tightened.
- Hot tub storage steps or a hanging shoe organizer can be a great way to organize your chemicals and accessories.
Spruce Up Your Hot Tub Area
Is your hot tub area looking a little sad? Don’t fret, we have some great tips on how to turn your hot tub or patio space into your favorite spot.
Flowers are a perfect starting point for sprucing up your space. Flower pots, planters or changing the landscape around your hot tub can give it a refreshing new look! In our blog “Spring Patio Decorating Ideas”, we chose to plant large pots full of flowers to really brighten things up around the hot tub.
Outdoor lighting is also a fun addition and can bring new life to your outdoor area at night!
If your outdoor cushions are looking outdated or worn, you can easily replace the fabric. Our DIY on recovering outdoor furniture cushions will walk you through step by step on how to revamp your patio space. It’s easier than you think!
Prepare Your Spa for Spring
Whether you’ve winterized your tub or left it up and running over the colder months, now is the perfect time for a spa flush, drain and refill! Start fresh with clean, pure water.
Once your tub is full, it is essential to test and balance your water:
- Start with pH and Alkalinity, adjust as needed.
- Test the hardness, adjust if necessary.
- Add any necessary stain and scale removing treatments, or clarifiers.
- Shock the water, and then add sanitizer.
**IMPORTANT** Wait 5-10 minutes in between adding different chemicals!
Sit Back and Enjoy Your Efforts
Now that you’ve successfully cleaned, organized and decorated… it’s time to sit back and enjoy your fresh start! Try a blueberry mojito or one of our 5 other delicious refreshments.
A simple easy-to-follow recipe for blueberry mojitos, which includes fresh mint, blueberries, and lime!
- 8 blueberries (fresh or frozen & thawed) plus a few for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 1-2 teaspoons sugar • 6-8 fresh mint leaves, plus a few for garnishing
- ¼ cup white rum (or substitute sparkling lemonade for virgin drinks)
- 2 tablespoons club soda
- 1 lime slice for the glass rim
Method: In a cocktail shaker, add lime juice, sugar, mint leaves and blueberries. Use a cocktail muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to mash-up or muddle the mint into the sugar and lime juice. This releases the flavor-rich mint oil, nicely dissolves the sugar in the lime juice and crushes the blueberries to create an evenly blended beverage. Add rum or sparkling lemonade, stir well and pour over ice, leaving about 1” of space. Top with club soda and garnish with blueberries, mint leaves and a lime slice. Serves 1.