How To Clean A Humidifier. When a Humidifier is operating correctly, it will moisten the air inside your house and make it easier to breathe.
However, a device with a dirty filter or chamber will disperse dangerous bacteria into the air instead. Thankfully, you can easily clean your humidifier using common supplies like vinegar.
Fortunately, cleaning your humidifier is a quick and easy process, and only gets better with regular upkeep.
Below we have listed a handy guide to show you how to clean your humidifier, what you will need to clean it and why you should disinfect it often.
You can as well our previous post on the best humidifier for baby.
What You Will Need
Keeping your humidifiers clean is the key to better performance and avoiding the buildup of mold or bacteria. You don’t need detergents or hard brushes to clean a humidifier. Just get the following items:
- White vinegar
- Bleach or hydrogen peroxide
- A soft brush
- Plenty of water
- Clean towels
- Gloves and goggles
How To Clean Your Humidifier
Both cool mist and warm steam humidifiers are cleaned the same way, but some of the parts may differ. Some models may also have parts that are water-resistant.
- Unplug and empty the humidifier tank, and disassemble it completely.
- Then, pour one to two cups of undiluted white vinegar into the water tank to swosh it completely.
- Place the vinegar-filled tank on the base and allow the vinegar to drain into the reservoir to reduce mineral build-up.
- Pour away the vinegar from the tank and base and use a small soft brush to scrub crevices and remove any stuck-on substance deposits.
- For the tank cap, wipe with a clean cloth or sponge immersed in full-strength white vinegar.
- Rinse all the parts properly and air dry, then reassemble.
Note: Don’t try to wash the filter as it can damage it and potentially remove an antimicrobial coating. It’s better to replace the filter with a new one.
How To Disinfect Your Humidifier
- Disassemble and clean your humidifier as outlined above.
- Mix 1 gallon of water with 3% hydrogen peroxide.
- Place the tank in the base and allow the hydrogen peroxide solution to drain into the water reservoir. Allow it to stand about 15-20 minutes.
- Empty the hydrogen peroxide solution from the tank and base. Rinse with clear water until the scent of hydrogen peroxide is gone.
- Clean with a dry cloth And Reassemble.
Humidifier Maintenance Tips
- Always try to empty the tank and reservoir when the humidifier is not in use.
- Clean the humidifier Once A Week
- Rinse Out Water tank Before Every Use
- Use Distilled Water
- Replace the filter every 30-60 days depending on its usage.