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I'm confused as to why you wouldn't want to use vinegar. The whole point is that it is a weak acid and helps to dissolve left over flux from the soldering process. Water will not be as effective at this. So long as it is rinsed out well afterwards it is fine.

Also, not using tap water? These are not lab grade devices, a little tap water isn't going to hurt anything. You will not get limescale or other mineral deposits from washing with tap water, you need to boil the water in the rad for that to happen. A final rinse or two with distilled is all you need to get rid of the miniscule amount of remaining minerals.

Don't beleive me? Try this:

Take two clean metal pans
Fill one with distilled and leave it
Put the other under a running tap for a few minutes
Empty the water out of both
Rinse both with distilled
Allow to dry

Now look at the surface. See any difference? No? I didn't think so.


Edit: The pump is different, your best bet is to take it apart if you can (and don't mind loosing the warranty). Wash / scrub the parts, rinse with distilled and reassemble.

If you can't do this then running clean warm water through the pump is best. Don't use vinegar or any other acid with a pump; some rubber or plastic parts might not like it.
Edited by GingerJohn - 3/15/12 at 10:18am
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