A Safe Alternative to Chlorine for Hot Tubs & Spas

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Relaxing in a hot tub spa is one of life’s great pleasures. And spa owners realize the importance of maintaining clear, bacteria-free water. Yet the harsh chemicals generally utilized for this task, chlorine and bromine, could pose significant health risks. So what is a hot tub lover to do? Now there is a safe, odorless, economical, EPA-registered alternative that can change -- and maybe even save -- your life.

Relaxing in a hot tub spa is indeed one of life's great pleasures. And as every spa enthusiast knows, keeping the water clear and sanitary is critically important. In order to keep your spa water free of bacteria and other harmful microbes, chlorine or bromine sanitizers are generally used. But are you aware of the dangers posed by these harsh chemicals? The same properties responsible for the effectiveness of chlorine and bromine as sanitizers can also pose health risks to humans. However, there is a solution.

Health Risks of Chlorine and Bromine

In addition to causing the usual red eyes, several studies have reported that chlorinated water is a skin irritant that can cause rashes or eczema. It can also destroy polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E in the body while generating toxins capable of free radical damage due to oxidation. This explains why diet supplements containing essential fatty acids and antioxidants, like vitamin E, help so many skin maladies.

Chlorinated water destroys intestinal flora, the friendly bacteria that help in the digestion of food and protect the body from harmful pathogens. These bacteria also assist in the manufacture of several important vitamins, including vitamin B12 and vitamin K. Chronic digestive disorders and skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, seborrhea and eczema often clear up or significantly improve after switching to non-chlorinated drinking water and taking lactobacillus or acidophilus supplements.

Chemical compounds in chlorinated water, known as trihalomethanes, are carcinogens resulting from the combination of chlorine with organic compounds in water. These chemicals, also called organo-chlorides, do not degrade well and are usually stored in the fatty tissues of the body (breast, mother's milk, blood, semen and other fatty areas). Organo-chlorides can cause mutations by altering DNA, suppressing immune function and interfering with normal cell growth.

Studies implicate chlorine in aggravating asthma, especially in children who frequent chlorinated swimming pools and spas. Other documentation ties chlorine and chlorinated by-products to greater incidences of bladder, breast and bowel cancer as well as malignant melanoma. One study even links the use of chlorinated tap water to congenital cardiac anomalies.

Cleanwater Blue is the Safe Alternative

So what is a hot tub lover to do in order to maintain clean, healthy water in the face of such risks? The Spa Depot (http://www.spadepot.com) has the answer with their new, EPA-registered product: Cleanwater Blue. A unique bactericide and algaecide, Cleanwater Blue is a mineral product which kills bacteria and algae by introducing copper ions into the water. These ions disrupt the cell structure and chemical makeup of harmful microorganisms, eliminating them in a safe way.

Since ancient times, drinking water vessels were often made of copper to freshen the water. And while crossing the plains, American settlers put copper pennies in their water barrels to inhibit stagnation, though no one really understood why or how it worked. Cleanwater Blue harnesses advanced copper-ion technology in a new way-- keeping your water clear, fresh and healthy for pennies a day with less maintenance than chlorine or bromine. When bacteria or algae contacts Cleanwater Blue CW-286 molecules, copper ions are released and quickly absorbed. This destroys the microbes and prevents them from reproducing. And there is no need to purchase a separate algaecide.

No More Red Eyes, Irritated Skin, or Harsh Odors

Cleanwater Blue is odorless in hot tub water. And the liquid is concentrated and inexpensive to use. You can easily monitor the copper ion level using the companion copper 3-way Test Strips to assure proper sanitation. Cleanwater Blue will not dry or irritate skin, cause eye redness, or fade bathing suits. Unlike bromine or chlorine, this product will not degrade spa cover vinyl or floating thermal blankets, nor will it degrade liners in soft spas, or cause discoloration of jewelry. Spa water properly treated with Cleanwater Blue is safe to people and pets, since the copper level in your hot tub is lower than the standard set by the EPA for drinking water. Depending upon your spa size and use pattern, one bottle can last up to 6 months. Very low maintenance effort is required because the spa water requires testing and adjustment just twice a month, not weekly as with chlorine or bromine.

So enjoy your hot tub spa, but do it safely.

About The Spa Depot

For over 10 years, The Spa Depot (http://www.spadepot.com) has provided hot tub spa owners with the best accessories, supplies, equipment, maintenance and water chemistry items available. From humble origins in a 2-car garage, our family-owned business has expanded to become America’s favorite spa and hot tub supply center. Customer satisfaction is a #1 priority; so our customers can be assured of low prices, quality products, fast delivery, secure online ordering and free shipping. Our Virtual Warehouse in Olympia, Washington offers an increasing number of environmentally safe and earth-friendly products. And we have the largest selection of repair parts in the world for do-it-yourselfers. If you own a hot tub spa, there is no other place that can serve you better than The Spa Depot.

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