How to clean a humidifier?


With winter just about peeping over the horizon, it is time for those insane few months where your nails will dry, your sinusitis will start to show you more love than what you’d want and your nose will occasionally send out dried cakes of blood. The only respite is your good old humidifier that keeps the air breathable and hydrated. And if you have a little one at home, this will let him sleep.

But with a humidifier comes great responsibility. As good and beneficial as it is for your home in winters, it needs to be maintained and cleaned from time to time. Else, it can turn into a germ magnet with mold thriving in the tanks and then percolating in the entire house which can be detrimental for your health. It is crucial that you clean the humidifier.

If you are not aware of how to do it, then here’s a brief guide to help you understand.

Empty the tank: The first step is to empty the tank and then dismantle any parts of the assembly that may be concealing the inner portions of the tank. Before dismantling it, please take time to read the instruction manual that came with the humidifier. Now arrange all the parts in front of you so that you get a pretty good idea of the parts that deserve most of your attention.

Versatile Vinegar: Vinegar is the most underrated household cleaning product that can prove to be so effective in cleaning everything from your oven to your humidifier. The most common places that can use some Vinegar is the tank and the base. However, feel free to soak any other parts that you feel demands a quick scrub. Let the vinegar set for a while.

Scrub: Most humidifiers come with their own cleaning brush. Use it to clean and unsettle any tough deposits. If you did not get a cleaning brush with it, then you can use one of your own ones. Usually, Vinegar plus some scrubbing is enough to get the humidifier looking sparkling new again.

Rinse it: Now rinse the parts with water to completely remove the vinegar and the deposits. You may find that some of the parts still have the vinegar smell. A few rinses will help to get rid of it. Also, vinegar odor takes time to dissipate.

Preventive maintenance: Wipe it with a piece of cloth once a week to ensure that it remains spick and span. However, it is recommended that you give it a little Vinegar wash at least once a month. This prevents any serious damage from occurring and deposits from forming.

Optional steps: A lot of people still use a few drops of bleach to remove mold and mildew from the tank. If you would like to avoid using bleach, then a couple of drops of tea tree oil will help to remove the fungus pretty easily. And yes, it smells good too.

That’s it. We hope you enjoyed reading our cleaning guide for humidifiers.


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