White Residue on Ionized Water Containers – Things They Don’t Tell You About Water Ionizers

White Residue on Ionized Water Containers – Things They Don’t Tell You About Water Ionizers

It happens.  It’s completely natural, normal and fairly common.  It’s a white residue or film on ionized water containers and it’s a good sign that your water ionizer is doing its job.  Depending on your source water you may see a little or you may see a lot.  At some point, most people will notice a white film – ionized alkaline water residue – on the container or glass they use for ionized alkaline water.

Don’t panic.  There’s no need to stop using your water ionizer.  Here’s what it’s all about and what you should do….

Mineral Buildup

If you’re in a hard water area you may recognize it as mineral buildup but significantly “finer” in texture, almost like a film.  If you use the same glass repeatedly throughout the day without washing or mineral residuerinsing between uses, the film gets heavier and eventually less fine in texture.

This ionized water residue is what’s left behind after charged mineral particles leave the container or glass.  Depending on how long the ionized alkaline water was in the container and how often or thoroughly it is washed between uses, the buildup can be a little startling.

As your water passes through the electrolysis chamber, it is “split apart” as the minerals come in contact with the electrical current.  These newly charged mineral ions in the microclustered ionized water have reduced surface tension and are anxious to be absorbed.  When you drink the water, these charged minerals are absorbed by the body, but not all of the water makes it out of the container.  The residue that remains is made up of minerals your container or glass could not absorb.

Think of the buildup that happens inside a coffee maker.  If you’re a regular juicer, think of the “film” buildup that happens on the parts of your machine.  This is no different.

Removing the Buildup – Keeping it Clean

Washing glasses and containers with warm soapy water will remove buildup on a day to day basis.  If you’ve got long-term stubborn buildup, hot water with vinegar can be helpful, especially if you soak in the hot water-vinegar solution first.

Teapots, teapots, teapots.  You’ll want to invest in a nice bottle cleaner or other scrubber product that will let you get to the nooks and crannies inside your kettle.  Once again, if you’ve got long-term buildup you may need to go with a hot water and vinegar solution for soaking and cleaning.

When it’s Not OK

If you start noticing tiny white flecks in the water, you may have some excess buildup inside your water ionizer or it could be a related to changes in the quality of your source water.

In many instances, running your water ionizer at the strongest acidic setting  for several minutes at a time twice a day will remedy the issue.  This helps release and flush excess buildup from inside the machine in addition to the automated cleaning cycle.  If you’re in a hard water area you should be doing this at least once a day.

If you’re still getting little white flecks in your water after doing the acidic setting flushes several times, it’s time to clean your machine.   Most water ionizer companies have a cleaning process as part of the recommended maintenance.  Follow the cleaning instructions for your water ionizer.  This will effectively remove scale buildup that could be effecting your machine’s performance and it should clear up your issue with little white flecks in your water.

More Information

For more information about water ionizer cleaning procedures and recommendations by manufacturer, take a look at our “Cleaning Procedures and Recommendations” comparison chart.