Cleaning Your Humidifier – The Easy Way

Humidifiers are a huge relief to people like me who suffer from dry, itchy skin and can be useful for treating cold and flu symptoms.  Humidifiers work to alleviate symptoms of dry air by releasing moisture into your indoor spaces.  Although it is an effective remedy, it is important to make sure your humidifier is clean to reduce the risk of airborne illnesses. Cleaning your humidifier is simple – here’s what you’ll need:

  • Humidifier
  • Vinegar
  • Tap water
  • Small brush (if necessary)
  • Bleach (optional)

Take Apart Your HumidifierDehumidifier

To begin, shut off and unplug your humidifier. Pour out any water remaining in your humidifier’s tank and then disassemble the device in preparation for the cleaning. Safely detach each section following the instructions in the owner’s manual if you are having trouble.  Set apart each section of the device.  Take the humidifier filter and run it under cold water to wash away any impurities that may be captured within.  Be sure to refrain from using cleaning solution to clean the filter as the chemicals can permanently damage the filter.  Set the now clean humidifier filter on a towel to dry while you complete the rest of the cleaning process.

Add Vinegar and Scrub

Vinegar acts as a natural cleanser that can loosen buildup all around your humidifier.  Creating a solution of vinegar and water is an effective way to remove built up grime on the insides of your device.  Some people like to add a bit of bleach to make sure their humidifier is extra clean. Let the solution soak for twenty minutes.  After pouring out the vinegar mixture –smells nice doesn’t it- most of the residue from the humidifier should be removed.  Scrub away any remaining grime using a small brush or a sponge. Rinse each part of the humidifier under tap water and then set out to dry completely. This will prevent dust and other debris from entering the tank and prevents mold growth.

Routine Maintenance

To ensure that your humidifier continues to provide dry air relief for as long as possible, there are a few things you can do to keep your device functioning at maximum capacity. Changing your water often eliminates the risk of mineral deposits collecting on the bottom of your humidifier.  The longer you leave water sitting in your tank, the more deposits will collect and the harder they’ll be to remove. Give your humidifier a quick cleanse every few days. When in heavy use, a simple vinegar rinse can do wonders.

A clean humidifier can be an effective way to relieve your indoor dry air symptoms. Make sure to keep this useful device working by cleaning it routinely so that you may enjoy its effects for as long as possible.  Along with keeping the humidifier clean, make sure to change the humidifier filter routinely.

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