To most people how to clean a humidifier is a major problem but forgetting that dirty humidifiers promotes bacteria, molds and other micro-organisms to thrive inside the unit tank. I know you don’t want to risk your health by breathing dirty air being released from a dirty humidifier. If this is your concerned then ceased this opportunity to learn how to clean your humidifier by reading entire article.
Do you know United States Commission for Product Safety frown against dirty humidifiers
? This should even interest you to sit up in readiness to cleaning and maintaining the unit always. The Commission concludes that it should be clean according the unit capacity. However if you have a two gallon to five gallon unit, it should be cleaned at least twice monthly. However, every unit comes with the manufacturer cleaning schedule on when to clean. So you can also use their manual for your routine clean.
Why clean a humidifier
The major types of humidifier that require frequent clean are the portable and the console unit. Due to regular use and standing water common among this model causes micro-organism and mineral deposits to accumulate in the tank. If you don’t clean the unit, the buildup mineral deposits will be released into your home air thereby contaminating the atmosphere. However, if you breathe-in this polluted air, you might end up with health problems that may cost you much more than what you should have prevented.
Well, the good news, it’s simple and not much time taking in getting a humidifier clean if only you can follow the procedure below.
What are the requirements?
To make the process easier and fast, you will need to have a list of the following items in place:
- A bowl of water
- White vinegar
- A soft brush
- Hydrogen peroxide or bleach
- A clean towel
- Hand gloves
- A protective eye goggle
Step to on how to clean a humidifier
If you have gotten all the above things in ready then follow these steps to start the cleaning:
- Firstly, unplug the unit.
- Secondly, dissemble all the parts completely.
- Thirdly, put some vinegar in the water and then leave it to stay about 30 minutes.
- Fourthly, use the brush to scrub inside the tank and any other parts that need to get rid of any build up mineral deposits. Peradventure you discover hard stains that are difficult to remove. Apply vinegar directly on the stains and then leave it for some minutes.
- Lastly, rinse the unit properly with enough water and allow it to dry thoroughly before you assemble the humidifier again.
Other regular maintenance tips
- Try to clean your device once per week
- Empty the tank whenever not in use
- Try to use distilled water because ordinary tap water (especially hard water) does contains mineral deposit that may result to white dust being disperse into the air.
- It is advisable to clean, drain and store it in dry place if you re not using it for the season.
Read also, most frequent asked questions about humidifier usage
I know you would have been expecting a long steps procedure but unfortunately, I’m not here to waste your time. Instead tell you the basic things required.