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Old 02-20-06, 05:06 PM
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How would you clean something like this?

I have a non-electric water distiller that is steel with lots of bellows and tubing that I would like to sterilize and clean really good. There is some scale, traces of rust and even some dark metal tarnish gook in some of the metal tubing (q-tips come out with some darkish material on it).

I want to sterilize it and get out the tarnish but its nearly impossible to reach all the places inside it. My coworker suggested soaking it in vinegar but will that get everything? will it sterilize? Is some other safe chemical able to remove tarnish without scrubbing? Any help is appreciated--thanks!
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Not sure how safe it is, but maybe try CLR?
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dunno if it will work, but you can try soaking it in a mixtur of water and white vinegar.
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Originally Posted by debbert
dunno if it will work, but you can try soaking it in a mixtur of water and white vinegar.
I was going to suggest dilute acetic acid.
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Where can you get 'acetic acid'? does it remove everything without scrubbing?
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Stick with the vinegar then.
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I'd say use an industrial type cleaner, cleaning the hard to reach places with pipe cleaners (see your local hardware or art supply store). Rinse the whole thing really well. Then soak it in a mixture of water and white vinegar overnight. Then rinse it again and make sure when you're cleaning it that you're submerging it in water to rinse it well.

If this is water to drink I would rinse it several times to make sure all chemicals are gone.
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
Where can you get 'acetic acid'? does it remove everything without scrubbing?
Vinegar = acetic acid.

It will definately get rid of the scale (and quickly). It should also remove the rust/clean the metal parts.
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does vinegar kill mildew/bacteria/germs?

thanks everyone!
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
does vinegar kill mildew/bacteria/germs?

thanks everyone!
I've heard vinegar does kill mildew. You can always soak the apparatus in a bleach/water mixture (10/90). That'll do it too.

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