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Old 03-07-2016, 11:25 AM   #15
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I've never heard or read about using vinegar, just bleach.
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:32 AM   #16
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Bleach is the standard. Health codes for restaurants require bleach, not heard of using vinegar.
There are quite a few articles online about how vinegar is the "natural" way to disinfect. But very few of them provide any actual data to support the use of vinegar as opposed to bleach. Here's one news article that tries to be objective on the subject: Does vinegar really kill household germs? - Health & Wellbeing

The bottom line is that at the acetic acid concentrations found in household white vinegar is it not as effective for disinfecting purposes as is diluted bleach.
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Old 03-07-2016, 12:47 PM   #17
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Thanks to all.
Looks like bleach is the way to go.
One other question is:
How much baking soda to add for an 80 gallon tank to freshen it up after the rinse?
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Old 03-07-2016, 03:20 PM   #18
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How much baking soda to add for an 80 gallon tank to freshen it up after the rinse?
Never had the need to 'freshen up' after sanitizing. The five years we had the last MH, we sanitized once a year unless we ran into a foul water supply. We also used those blue water filters (Walmart) for all incoming fresh water...also filtered water at the kitchen sink for cooking and drinking. Never any problems.
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Old 03-07-2016, 06:10 PM   #19
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Yes bleach will freshen it up...

If I recall my manual stated if RV isn't used for 6 months they suggest bleaching the system and/or after winterizing

Never had odor problems except for when I put to much choline in the system
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Bleach is the standard. Health codes for restaurants require bleach, not heard of using vinegar.
Health code here also requires that it be mixed fresh each day for restaurant use. So those the mix up a bottle and keep in their bay to disinfect the spigot aren't really doing much after the first day.
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Bleach is the standard. Health codes for restaurants require bleach, not heard of using vinegar.
FWIW... I had to obtain a food handlers license with a major retailer I worked for part time in serving food.

Our kitchen was set up with Stainless Steel Washing station, next Hot Water rinse tank and last station was the Sanitizer.

Sanitation was done with Vinegar and then all utensils, bowls, plates and so on were set to drip dry.
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For the baking soda treatment to freshen the tank after sanitizing I mix one box into a pitcher or container and pour into the freshwater tank. Fill the tank. After a bit of time, drain it. Then fill it with fresh water and good to go. Seems to work well.
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For the baking soda treatment to freshen the tank after sanitizing I mix one box into a pitcher or container and pour into the freshwater tank. Fill the tank. After a bit of time, drain it. Then fill it with fresh water and good to go. Seems to work well.
FWIW - Just make sure it is dissolved in the pitcher so that you are only pouring in clear liquid. The powder tends to cake on the outside and protect the inner dry clump thus making a mess.

If I was doing this I would leave the HW tank bypassed and run some of it out through the rest of the piping. The only thing it will do is help remove the chlorine from the bleach so you want surface contact with everything you can easily get to. Do follow with a clear water rinse then switch the HW bypass and fill the tank before enabling the tank heater. ;-)
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Yep - that's the way to do it. Make sure it is mixed going in. Do a final rinse and then good to go.
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In my daughters brewery the sink is as follows, Detergent, rinse, sanitation. The sanitation being diluted bleach. Glassware is set to dry out. Then before the glass is used it is rinsed to remove any residual effects from the sanitation.
On my 40 gallon tank all I put in is a tablespoon or two of bleach, anymore that that it is a pain to get rid of the residual smell of the bleach.
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I've sanitized my fresh water system twice (once in '01 and agiain in 2014).
Both times I used a solution of Clorox un-scented bleach, (1/4 cup of bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity in a gallon of water), as recommended in my owner's manual, (and here): http://rvbasics.com/techtips/sanitiz...er-system.html
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How do you get the bleach into the freshwater tank? I have a screen over the hole.
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In my daughters brewery the sink is as follows, Detergent, rinse, sanitation. The sanitation being diluted bleach. Glassware is set to dry out. Then before the glass is used it is rinsed to remove any residual effects from the sanitation.
On my 40 gallon tank all I put in is a tablespoon or two of bleach, anymore that that it is a pain to get rid of the residual smell of the bleach.
Bleach evaporates to a salt, even evaporates out of a container of water within 24 hours. If the proper ppm is used (there are test strips for this) no rinsing is necessary. Even Quatsyl Aka quaternary ammonia doesn't require rinsing.

Bleach gets a bad rap. Its one of the most benign methods of proper disenfection. It leaves no harmful residue. I cringe every time I watch a Lysol commercial spraying it like it's nothing to be concerned about. Its a pesticide and toxic. It leaves a residue, should never be used on food surfaces without rinsing. Including those handy wipes. Most people recontaminate the surface rinsing it off.

Spray a 5% bleach solution let it sit 10min and dry if desired. I use it on the water hookups at campgrounds and the inlet on the RV.
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