If you have a humidifier at home, how often do you clean it? When you get it out to use it, do you end up spending 15 minutes cleaning it first? Generally speaking, while your humidifier is in use, you should empty and refill the water tank daily. You should also use filtered water to keep mineral deposits at bay. And weekly, you should really give it a cleaning. Here’s how to clean your humidifier the right way.
1. The Filter
After unplugging your humidifier, take out the filter if you have one. Rinse the filter well in cool water, but don’t use cleaning products on it since they could actually do damage. After rinsing, set the filter on a clean towel and to let any excess water drain away.
2. The Tank & Base
Next, disconnect your water tank. Give it a hot water rinse and dry it with paper towels. Then, check out the base of your humidifier. Look for mineral deposits, mildew, or mold. With a soft scrub brush or old toothbrush, use some white vinegar to scrub away anything suspicious. Repeat this as necessary, making sure your whole humidifier is clean.
You definitely want to disinfect your humidifier to keep bacteria, viruses, and mold at bay. Once your humidifier is clean, you can disinfect it with either bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Fill your water tank and add just one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide or bleach per gallon of water; this will be enough to kill the germs. Now swish it around to mix your solution, and let the mixture sit for at least half an hour. Dump out this solution at that point, and re-fill your tank with cool water. Now you can put your humidifier back together and begin using it, knowing it’s clean.