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Again thanks Walla Walla,  my question is now answered thanks to you.  Have a great Friday and a better weekend.
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I've been using distilled mostly and some purified water that Publix claims can be used in any appliance that requires distilled water (good luck to their legal team on that). In any case, I rinsed my humidifier tank today and dried it with tissues. I found a red residue on the tissue that I couldn't see with my eyes. I'm going to try to pinpoint which water caused the buildup.....just because it's probably safer to use cleaner water.

Try my tissue test on your tank.....it might surprise you as much as it surprised me.
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(12-08-2017, 03:32 PM)ghstudio Wrote: I've been using distilled mostly and some purified water that Publix claims can be used in any appliance that requires distilled water (good luck to their legal team on that).  In any case, I rinsed my humidifier tank today and dried it with tissues.  I found a red residue on the tissue that I couldn't see with my eyes.  I'm going to try to pinpoint which water caused the buildup.....just because it's probably safer to use cleaner water.

Try my tissue test on your tank.....it might surprise you as much as it surprised me.

like   Great idea!  My wife takes care of the tank each nite and I do not know if she wipes it out each nite or not.  Will suggest she do that tonite with my old machine and see what we get on the tissue or paper towel.  Will let you know how it works.
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(12-08-2017, 03:32 PM)ghstudio Wrote: I've been using distilled mostly and some purified water that Publix claims can be used in any appliance that requires distilled water (good luck to their legal team on that).  In any case, I rinsed my humidifier tank today and dried it with tissues.  I found a red residue on the tissue that I couldn't see with my eyes.  I'm going to try to pinpoint which water caused the buildup.....just because it's probably safer to use cleaner water.

Try my tissue test on your tank.....it might surprise you as much as it surprised me.

The pink residue is a common, nontoxic biofilm, and it is very common where surfaces remain wet, even with clean water. I have seen this in baths, swimming pools and my own humidifier.  The best solution is grab an inexpensive container of hydrogen peroxide 3% and use about 1/2 cup in the humidifier container.  You will see the pink residue fizz.  Swab everything clean with a cue-tip or other fine-tip tool that will get into the corners.   This will fully clean and disinfect your humidifier tray. A water/vinegar mix will also work, but I like the physical cleaning action of the peroxide. You will be surprised how much comes up when you use the peroxide.

If you empty and rinse the tank daily, and allow it to dry, this won't happen. It is airborne and ubiquitous in the environment, and did not arrive in your water. Don't get excited or worried, this stuff is everywhere and won't hurt you.  It is bacterial, but not pathogenic, and is often called pink algae. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_algae 
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/0...93586.html
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To start with, I used air cooled boiled water as we have exceedingly hard water here.

Life being the way it is, I have taken to using tap water now but soak the humidifier tank in vinegar once a week to get rid of deposits and wash with soft soap and rinse with tap water.
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(12-08-2017, 04:49 PM)Apnea Infant Wrote: To start with, I used air cooled boiled water as we have exceedingly hard water here.

Life being the way it is, I have taken to using tap water now but soak the humidifier tank in vinegar once a week to get rid of deposits and wash with soft soap and rinse with tap water.

While boiling disinfects water, it concentrates dissolved solids, so boiling is a waste of your time and energy.  Cleaning with vinegar eliminates the carbonate deposits and disinfects the container, which is a good practice.  Just use the tap water and it will all be the same.

I'm not sure if you have the Zero-Water pitchers and filters in UK, but these are a RO filter (reverse osmosis), that nearly eliminates the dissolved solids and all organics. Great for drinking and treating hard water and even sulfur, chlorine and other impurities.
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The zero water filters seems interesting. Googled and there are available on Amazon. Definitely will look into it more. Water in London is rather shocking in that it is recycled 7 times apparently. I lived in Scotland for a while and really miss the quality of water up north.
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