How to Clean a Humidifier

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What You'll Need
Soft bristle brush
White vinegar

A humidifier is used by many homeowners to help to increase the moisture level in a room or home. Cool and warm mist humidifiers are popular. Humidifiers have to be properly maintained to ensure that they work efficiently. If you use a humidifier daily, you should clean it regularly, at least once in a week.

Review the instructions provided by the manufacturer in the manual before starting your cleaning work to ensure that the materials you use to clean the humidifier suit the machine and avoid any damages. Cleaning the humidifier is easy if you follow these cleaning tips.

Step 1 – Unplug the Humidifier

Before starting the cleaning work, always unplug the humidifier. Once you have unplugged the humidifier, remove the filter and place it aside. Take a spray bottle and mix water with a cup of vinegar for spot cleaning.

Step 2 – Separate the Water Tank

The water tank in the humidifier has to be away from the filter and the base. To do this, take the humidifier apart. Carefully remove the motor housing to set the base separately.

Step 3 - Fill the Water Tank With Bleach

Fill the water tank with cold water and mix a teaspoon of household bleach in the water tank. After that replace the cap and allow it to settle for approximately 30 minutes.

Step 4 – Steep the Filter

Use a big saucepan to steep the filter in water. Add two cups of vinegar in the saucepan in the water to allow the filter to settle for approximately thirty minutes.

Step 5 – Clean the Base and Coils

Pour unmixed vinegar into the base of the humidifier and allow the vinegar to soak and settle for around thirty minutes. Now, carefully remove any residue or mineral deposits from the coils of the humidifier using a soft gentle brush. Avoid using a metal brush as it can be harmful and also avoid using any sharp tool or object to remove the deposits. A clean and neat toothbrush can be used to pull out the mineral deposits from the coils.

Step 6 – Disinfect

After you have finished cleaning the humidifier, it is time to disinfect it. You can disinfect the humidifier by mixing up a teaspoon of chlorine bleach in water for every single gallon into the base of the humidifier. Measure the quantity of water used properly.

Let the solution soak and settle for at least 30 minutes. Gently swish the solution to coat the base of the humidifier evenly. After half an hour, drain the bleach solution carefully without letting it spill. Wash the base of the humidifier several times to remove the smell of bleach completely.

Step 7 – Remove all Residue

Ensure that you clean all the parts of the humidifier properly by cleaning the bleach and vinegar residue before reusing it. Avoid using commercial cleaners because they are not required. You can now put the humidifier back together after filling the tank with water.

knowing how to clean a humidifier is important. You will be doing more harm than good if bacteria and mold are being released in the air!