Chances are if you own a home foot spa it is used on a regular basis. Long days at work or an exceptionally tough workout can leave you with aching feet and dreams of soaking them in a relaxing foot spa. While these devices are great for relieving pain and rejuvenating tired feet, home foot spas also need to be cleaned regularly.
According to the California Department of Consumer Affair (CDCA) using a foot spa that is not clean can result in a painful bacterial infection. The bacteria can cause boils to appear on your feet, which will eventually break open resulting in painful, open sores. To prevent bacteria from growing and thriving in your foot spa it is important to clean it every time you use it. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and it can help keep your feet happy and health.
How to clean a home foot spa
Read the instructions
One of the most important steps and the first thing you should do before even using the foot spa is to carefully read the included instructions. The owner’s guide not only includes helpful operating tips and suggestions on how to improve your experience, it will also walk you through the steps needed to keep the foot spa clean and sanitary. Taking a few minutes to read the instructions will save you a lot of problems in the long run.
- Remove any noticeable debris from the basin, especially if any particles are large enough to become stuck or clog the drain. A quick wipe down with a rag or paper towel is usually all that you need to do.
- If the instructions state that it is safe you will want to wash the inside of the basin thoroughly. Most home foot spas suggest using warm water and a mild liquid detergent, but once again it is important to check the directions to ensure that the soap won’t damage the motor.
- After washing in and outside the basin you will want to thoroughly rinse all of the soap away. Even the mildest detergent can irritate sensitive skin, which is never pleasant when it is on your feet.
- Most health experts recommend using a disinfectant after rinsing the soapy water away, but you will want to make sure that it is safe for the model that you own. The disinfection will effectively kill any remaining germs and bacteria, and help prevent it from returning. This can be especially important if you have open cuts or sores on your feet that can be easily infected if exposed to unsanitary conditions.
- There will be instructions on the disinfectant that lists how long it should be left in the foot spa, and when the time is up it is important to rinse it out thoroughly. Many disinfectants contain harsh chemicals which can easily irritate sensitive skin.
Taking a few minutes to clean and dry your foot spa after each use can help keep you and your feet happy and healthy.