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Benefits of Hot Tubbing with H2O2

Posted by Johanna (Sudbury, Ontario Canada) on 10/08/2006

I am not a chemist, and I have a problem that my hot tub dealer cannot help me with. It seems that the alkalinity and PH of the water is not correct in the hot tub - we use Peroxide to sterilize it. I just love the peroxide, because I feel much much better (skin) than with Bromene and Chlorine. I am really excited about the possible benefits of hot tubing with H2O2. I cannot find any info on the internet about it though. The problems manifests by having "unclean" water - greasy bubbles and scum on the surface of the water - even though the test strip indicates safe water. Can you advise as to whether we can add boosters of alklyde or Ph to correct the water balance? and will the water be safe? Can you recommend a contact for such info? Thank you - if you reply

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Johanna:

It seems that the alkalinity and PH of the water is not correct in the hot tub - we use Peroxide to sterilize it.

You need to prepare your hot tub like it was sea water, being the most ideal environment. Almost a century ago, a biologist by the name of Rene Quinton, found that our blood and seawater are about the same. The macro minerals of the oceans are quite constant and hardly a variations. As a result he prepared a seawater to inject in thousands of patients of various conditions, curing them in the process.

http://oceanplasma.org/documents/cases.html

Basically, prepare your hot tub with added seawater to a concentration of isotonic solution. The formula calls for approximately 9 grams of sea salt per 991 ml of pure water.

The pH of seawater can be about 7.35. You can vary your pH by making more acid or more alkaline, depending on the measurements of your pool. If too alkaline prepare to make it more acid, using acid chemicals. Most pool suppliers will have this to correct the acid and alkaline. Common acids include Hydrochloric acid, or weak acid, if you wish such as citric acid. If the water is too acid, then you may need to alkalize such as baking soda, or a more stronger one Sodium Hydroxide, in very very small amounts. Again your pool suppliers could help you with this also.

Most sea salts do have a good ratios of everything anyway, so all you do is correct the pH. All the microminerals will be handled for you. There are many ways you can sterilized your water, ozone, hydrogen peroxide, ultrasounds (they heat up water and kill by the heat generated from ultrasounds), silver - copper rods, zinc - copper rods, all of them quite safe without the use of dangerous halogens.

Can you advise as to whether we can add boosters of alklyde or Ph to correct the water balance? and will the water be safe?

THe correcting of pH and buffers is mentioned in your first question. It is safe, if it falls within the acceptable range of a good seawater. Usually between pH 7 - 7.5.

Can you recommend a contact for such info?

Most swimming pool suppliers have all the raw materials to manipulate the pH. You just need maybe the sodium thiosulfate to reduce the chlorine. Get your own heavy metals test since Canada is known to have a lot of heavy metals in the drinking water, especially from food source. One best way to detect them is not from your swimming pool, it is from your own urine. If it is heavy metals are present, you need to find the source, is it from your drinking water, the hot tub, or is it from your food?


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