How often to clean a humidifier
You should empty the water tank and wipe down your humidifier every day, and clean your humidifier at least once a week. Always ensure you unplug the humidifier before cleaning, and thoroughly dry all the parts before reassembling.
What can I clean my humidifier with?
Check the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended cleaning products. In general, avoid using any harsh chemicals. Remember the residue will be humidified and circulated around your home! If you do use chemical cleaners, flush the tank with fresh water several times and dry it completely before turning it back on.
Many common products make effective cleaning solutions for your humidifier. White vinegar can break down mineral build ups, and hydrogen peroxide will tackle any lurking bacteria.
How to clean a humidifier
Your humidifier consists of several parts, all of which need to be cleaned regularly to ensure it continues to work properly and doesn’t harbor any bacteria. Here’s how to do it:
How to clean humidifier tank
- Unplug your humidifier and move it away from any outlets
- Empty the tank and rinse it with fresh water
- Make a 50/50 mix of hot water and vinegar and submerge the tank, let sit for 15-20 minutes
- Use a soft-bristled brush dipped in white vinegar to scrub the interior of the humidifier and remove mineral buildup
- Use a clean microfiber cloth dipped in hot water to wipe inside the humidifier and remove vinegar traces
- Use a fresh cloth to dry inside the unit
- Rinse the tank under hot, clean water and dry thoroughly
- Reassemble the humidifier
How to clean a humidifier filter
As well as a water tank, your humidifier likely also includes a filter. This is designed to remove contaminants from the water, but they will have to be periodically cleaned away. Here’s how to clean it:
- Remove the filter from the humidifier and soak in a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar for 15-20 minutes
- Rinse the filter with hot, clean water
- Allow the filter to air dry before reinserting into the humidifier
If your humidifier filter is soft, you can gently squeeze it during rinsing to speed up the process. However you should never twist or wring out the filter, as you may damage it. Don’t twist or squeeze hard or rigid filters.
How to clean humidifier nozzle
If your humidifier has a nozzle or spout to dispense steam, it should also be regularly cleaned. Detach the nozzle and let it soak in a vinegar and water solution, then rinse thoroughly with hot water.
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