Bromine is a chemical that can be used to effectively clean your hot tub. It is a less acidic, calcium-free alternative to chlorine. That isn’t to say that bromine isn’t without its drawbacks, but for some hot tubs, it is the best way to ensure crystal clear water and a healthy tub.
The type of sanitizer your tub needs depends mainly on the pH of the water that your property receives. If your water has a pH of 1.5 - 3.0 PPM, you should use chlorine; if it has a pH of 3.0 - 5.0, bromine will be more effective. Bromine is also a more effective sanitizer in warmer temperatures, so you can have your hot tub nice and hot without worrying about the hygiene side of things.
Unlike chlorine, bromine is not very odorous and so for some, this is a preferable sanitizer. However, as with any chemical sanitation system, bromine has its disadvantages. In small quantities dissolved into hot tub water, bromine is not too harmful, but it is naturally irritant to the human eyes and throat, so it’s best to avoid these areas and make sure you don’t swallow any hot tub water! If you experience any negative side effects on your health as a result of using bromine in your hot tub, wash the affected area with clean water immediately and seek medical advice.
At SpaChem™, we pride ourselves on being much more than just a provider of hot tub chemicals. Our team of professionals are on hand to give you the best advice on hot tub maintenance, and how to get the best out of each of our products.