Humidifiers are an affordable and excellent way to add a little moisture to the living room. Humidifiers can help alleviate ailments such as bloody noses, dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, and irritated sinuses. However, if neglected, the humidifier can breed algae, bacteria, and mold, which can be detrimental to your health.
While cleaning a humidifier can sometimes seem complicated, it should be done regularly for safety and optimum performance. Both the base of the humidifier and the tank, the hosts of the motor and fan, should be cleaned weekly.
However, first, read the manufacturer’s manual before you wash a cool mist humidifier. Below are a few suggestions on how to clean a humidifier.
Rinse the Filter
Start with unplugging the humidifier, then remove the filter. Hold your filter under the sink and use cold water to wash away any debris and impurities.
Then place it on a piece of clothing or towel so that it can dry as you clean other components. However, experts discourage using cleaning solutions for cleaning the air filter.
Corrosive chemicals can stick to the filter and damage its components. Some cool mist humidifier models may require changing the filter often. If so, I usually check the manufacturer’s manual and change my air filter as regularly as recommended.
Cleaning the Water Tank
The next step is to get the water tank out of the humidifier and pouring out the cold water. Then fill it with vinegar and swish it until it covers both the sides and bottom of the tank. Let the solution sit still for at least an hour.
Vinegar is often used as a natural cleanser that can help loosen any grime that might build-up at the bottom of the tank. Once I am done with that, I move on to cleaning the tank thoroughly. I sometimes use a brush to scrub away any impurities and debris at the bottom of the tank.
Using a different cleaning agent can be detrimental to my health, given that the liquid will probably be pumped into the air. Vinegar ensures that I maintain a safe environment for myself and my family.
If a brush can’t fit in my water tank, I usually add a few tablespoons of vinegar and rice to make a slurry. Then I close the water tank and let it stand for
a while before I start to agitate it vigorously. I can repeat the process severally until all the grime that has built up has been dislodged. Then I rinse the tank thoroughly until all the debris is washed out.
Wipe the Frame
The remaining components of the humidifier can be cleaned with a sponge dampened with water and vinegar. It is an excellent way to inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold and prevent debris and dust from penetrating the tank.
It might be necessary to clean and turn off a humidifier at least once a week. However, that can be done more frequently, especially in a house where there is someone with respiratory problems. While I often apply the same cleaning procedures for both warm and cool mist humidifiers, the cleaning procedures for some components may differ.