- Water Ionizer Care & Vinegar Wash
Water Ionizer Care & Vinegar Wash
What Water Quality Has to do With Water Ionizer Care
Water ionizers care for themselves, by doing acid washes periodically, although some water ionizers have better self-care methods than others. Continuous-cleaning is far better than just automatic, periodic cleaning of the water cell. The water ionizers that use continuous-cleaning of the water cell tend to get more efficient water ionization over time and so will last longer and tend to perform like-new during that time.
As explained, below, depending on where you live, you may need to do more in the way of caring for your water ionizer
If you have a water ionizer that self-cleans [acid washes] every so many liters rather than continuously, there may be some calcium that collects onto the plates over time. Even the slightest film of calcium on the plates will reduce the efficiency of ionization. Therefore if you live in a hard-water area [over 120 ppm of hardness] I suggest that you do your own "reverse-polarity" once or twice per day. You can do this by pushing the acid water button and letting the acid water come out of the top spout for about a minute. By the way, you can use the acid water for many things (see this page) and you can also use the alkaline water that comes out the bottom hose during this process for drinking or cooking.
See the Hard Water page to find our how to get hardness out of your water.
If either your pH-levels start to drop [which is more likely with water ionizers that don't have continuous-cleaning systems] or your water-flow starts to slow down [which can happen with any water ionizer, regardless of its automatic cleaning system]. I suggest you do a vinegar or citric acid wash. Even if your water ionizer has slowed down to a trickle, the vinegar or citric acid wash will work to clean out the scale. You may have to repeat the process 2-3 times on different days if you've let it get so bad that one over-night cleaning doesn't work.
Before you Start the Steps for a Vinegar or Citric Acid Wash.
Please note: The chart, below, tells you what type of wash is sanctioned by each water ionizer manufacturer. It's important to know this, because you don't want to do anything to void your manufacturer's warranty. A reason that I was told why some water ionizer companies don't sanction the use of vinegar in their washes has something to do with the material used for padding between the plates in their water ionizer's water-cell. If the padding is not made of a sturdy enough material, then it could possibly be damaged by vinegar. It could also have to do with the manufacturer wanting their customers to buy their citric-acid-wash products, but I'm just speculating on that one.
Vinegar, Citric Acid,
|Chanson Water Ionizers||Citric Acid|
|Enagic Water Ionizers||Citric Acid|
|Jupiter Water Ionizers||Either|
|AlkaViva H2 Water Ionizers||Citric Acid|
|KYK Water Ionizers||Citric Acid|
|Nexus Water Ionizers||Either|
|Vesta Water Ionizers||Either|
|Tyent Water Ionizers||Citric Acid|
How to Do a Vinegar or Citric Acid Wash
There is a fairly simple method of cleaning your water ionizer of its scale build-up. In high school I once did an experiment where I took a hardboiled egg and placed it in vinegar over night. I was amazed that the next day I could bounce that egg like a rubber ball. What happened was the calcium, which made the egg shell hard, was eaten away by the vinegar. Vinegar [soaked overnight] will react with the calcium, which is clogging up your water ionizer, and will loosen it up and allow you to then flush it away.