How to Clean a Humidifier


Another question which the community has asked numerous times is what is the best way to clean a Humidifier so please take a quick look through this post which will outline it in 9 simple steps.

First of all, the humidifier is a very useful appliance for those people who are living in dry cold climates. Increasing the moisture content of the indoor air helps control static electricity in the air. It improves air quality and is especially useful for those suffering from asthma or allergy conditions. In the cold months increasing the humidity level indoor make you feel warmer thereby reducing the need for a heater. However, a dirty humidifier not only does not operate efficiently but actually can have a buildup of mold and bacteria which will make your indoor air unhealthy. Therefore, it is necessary to clean your humidifier regularly and I will tell you how to do it easily.

What will you need to clean your humidifier?

Following items are required to clean the humidifier. These are common items that you probably have in your household.

•    A soft bristle brush

•    Gloves

•    Safety goggles

•    White vinegar

•    3% Hydrogen peroxide or liquid bleach

•    Clean cloth and

•    Tissue papers

Each humidifier may be of a different design, so it is useful that you read the manual to be completely familiar with all its parts. These instructions may be applicable to most designs.

Here are the steps to clean your humidifier:

Step 1:

Unplug the unit from the electrical wall socket. It is very important to always disconnect any electrical appliance from the power source, before disassembling it.

Step 2:

Remove the water from the water tank.

Step 3:

Dissemble the entire humidifier completely. Unlatch its locking mechanism to free all its removable parts. Remove the air filter.

Step 4:

Clean the air filter. Keep it under the tap with running cold water. Rinse it completely and ensure that all dust and grime is washed away. Leave it to dry in air. Do not use any cleaning solution on the filter as it may damage the filter. If the filter is still not clean or has perforations then you should replace the filter with a new one.

Step 5:

Now clean the water tank by pouring cold water into it and shake it around to remove any debris from it and emptying it. Repeat the process a few times. If there is any debris still stuck at the bottom or sides use the soft brush to remove the debris. Again rinse with cold water.

Step 6:

Fill the tank with water and add some vinegar to it give it a good shake and let it stand for some time. Rinse again with cold water.

Step 7:

To disinfect the water tank and remove mold, fill it with water and add equal parts liquid bleach or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let it stand for about 30 minutes outside in open air. After 30 minutes, rinse the water tank again with fresh cold water. Repeat rinsing until you are sure that all bleach has been removed from the tank.

Step 8:

Clean the outer body of the humidifier dry and assemble all the parts.

Step 9:

Fill in water with water, plug and power on.

It is important to follow these tips to ensure that you have a clean humidifier which adds clean bacteria-free moisture to your indoor air.

  • Clean the humidifier once a week
  • Before turning off the humidifier for the day, be sure to remove any water remaining in the tank. Start with a fresh tank of water for next operational cycle.
  • Use distilled water—this will ensure that there is a minimum buildup of calcium or other mineral deposits in the humidifier.
  • Do a deep clean before storing your humidifier after the end of the season.


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Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning your Humidifier by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that people in the community can learn also!


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