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Baqua Spa Chemicals

Updated on January 26, 2014


Are you allergic to chlorine? Do you hate the “itch” you get when you sit in someone else’s hot tub? We all know that a poorly maintained spa is a cesspool of bacterial growth. There is a condition known as “spa lung” or “hot tub lung”… not joking here this has been studied and verified by the Mayo Clinic.

The study found that hypersensitivity pneumonitis, or "hot tub lung" as it is generally called, results from an adverse reaction to an organism known as mycobacterium avium complex and could be fatal if unrecognized or left untreated. No deaths have been attributed to it so far, said Sanjay Kalra, M.D., contributing researcher and consultant at the Mayo Clinic Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Internal Medicine.

Contracted through inhalation, symptoms of hot tub long include shortness of breath and cough. Fever, sweats, body ache and a sense of malaise may also occur, said Kalra.

Maintaining Your Home Spa or Hot Tub to Prevent Disease

It’s critical that you keep your water chemistry in a continual state that prevents bacterial build up. You probably already know this… it only makes sense.

But did you know that you can do this without Bromine or Chlorine the two most common types of water treatments in use for spas? And yes it’s a great idea to have a ozonator as long as your spa is outside where there is proper ventilation. Ozone is not something you want building up inside your home as it is damaging to your lungs.

Ozone disinfects better against bacteria and viruses than chlorination. Ozone also reduces the concentration of iron, sulfur, and manganese in water. It works by oxidizing the metals so they form particulate matter that can then be filtered. I’m sure it’s more complicated than just that but I’ll leave the science of the process to the scientists.

But the real solution is a product called BAQUA SPA which is so easy to remember it’s just B + AUQA. Now I’m not just spouting off about something I know little about; I’ve experienced it first hand. I was introduced to BAQUA brand spa treatment chemicals by a local Arctic Spa Dealer. At first it just seemed like another sales pitch. So I kind of nodded and did the usual that all of us do when a salesperson is letting go at the mouth with their promises of enlightenment in the name of commission. You know what I mean right?

But when I got home I did a little investigating. I searched for BAQUA… you don’t have to search you can just visit directly at: BAQUA SPA CHEMICALS

You are probably thinking like I did… okay so what’s in the stuff that is so great that I can use it and not need chlorine or bromine? And I don’t know. I read their entire FAQ page and did some additional research and all I could figure is they use the same type of antimicrobial chemicals that they use in contact lenses. Are they safe? I don’t know that either, but they are probably safe if they can use them in contact lenses. At least it would stand to reason right? And we know that Bromine and Chlorine have their own inherent risks. I also know that I love a nice relaxing dip in the tub so I’m in.

How I Felt After Using BAQUA SPA Chemicals

You shouldn’t believe what I am about to say – you should go experience it for yourself. I went back to my local Arctic Spa dealer for a “Wet Test”. I sat in the tub for about half an hour. When I got out NO ITCH! Amazingly pleasant! I can tolerate chlorine, but I also feel it… it’s not comfortable for me as I am a bit sensitive to chlorine and it makes me itch. BAQUA had no uncomfortable sensations at all.

Bottom line is this appears to be a really good solution for people with chemical sensitivities to Bromine and/or Chlorine. And for every positive there are of course going to be negatives… here is a thread of people who have not had good experiences with BAQUA SPA. In my opinion it is extremely important to have your spa in a well ventilated area. Over and over people complain about products – any products – not working properly… but when the truth is uncovered it is because they are not properly following manufacturer directions. You may also want to investigate natural enzyme treatments and eliminate chemicals all together. Companies like WaterTonic are making these “chemical free” products. Somehow, someway you have to keep viruses and bacteria in check. I guess you could also install a whirlpool tub and just drain the water every time you use it?

Comments Welcome


BAQUA SPA makes a complete line up of Chemical Treatments for Spa and Hot Tub Water Maintenance
BAQUA SPA makes a complete line up of Chemical Treatments for Spa and Hot Tub Water Maintenance


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    Henderson Nevada 

    9 years ago

    i really don't like the way chlorine makes my skin feel I will have to try this stuff

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    Will Apse 

    9 years ago

    There are companies in Australia that offer chemical free solutions to pools and spas. They use super efficient ionizers and UV treatment. The problem is no one trusts them. Not yet at least. One day they might take off.


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