Most videos that show how to clean a faucet aerator talk of correcting reduced water flow and faucet spitting as reasons to clean debris and minerals out of faucet aerators. But cleaning them also aids in keeping a healthy home.
However, according to an article from Health Design, "ASHRAE (2000) recommends regular cleaning and disinfection of faucet aerators, especially in areas with high-risk patients to prevent and control for Legionella" and other diseases.
I was unable to find a definition of what regular cleaning means with regard to aerators, but the District of Columbia water Authority recomends not only regularly cleaning the aerators but also changing them once a year.
So, here is what I do to maintain the water quality in my house. About once a month, I disassemble (as indicated in the video) and soak the aerators in a cook of vinegar. When finished, I put some baking soda in the sink drain and pour that vinegar over the baking soda and down the drain. I also clean the aerators when I change the water filter in the refrigerator and/or replace the filter in my water pitcher.
Every year when I change the batteries in my fire detector, I also change the faucet aerators. Doing these things together makes them easy to remember.
So, What do you do? Have you ever become ill from reasons that might be attributed to bacteria growing on an aerator?
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