06-03-2012, 05:59 PM
Just thinking out loud -- at 0.88/gal from my local Wal Mart is it worth the trouble? What about energy costs?
I use distilled watter in my humidifier chamber even though I have a watter softener and filter because I just got used to it so I just kept on doing that. I wash my gear in tap watter with a soap though.
I use a vinegar and water solution. I fill the sink, add vinegar, drop in parts. For the hose, I use a cup to scoop water from the sink and pour into the hose. I hold both ends up with the opposite end lower. When water comes out, I then lay it in the sink. After an hour or so (I usually forget I am cleaning stuff), I drain the water, rinse everything off. I then slip one end of the hose onto the faucet and rinse the hose. Hang it up to dry. Some online suppliers sell a hose brush but I've never used one.
With the hoses now being clear-ish, it is much easier to notice something growing in there.
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I clean my equipment in the kitchen sink. I fill the sink up with soapy water, as if I were doing dishes and put everything in there. I let it soak for 20-30 minutes (or until I remember it) then I scrub what I can with a clean sponge rinse well with hot water, open the cabinet door and loop them up over the cabinet door to drip dry!
As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.
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