How To Clean Your Humidifier

Not sure how to clean a humidifier? If you live in a location with a dry climate, you’ll know how important a humidifier is to add some moisture to the air.  However, it’s also essential to keep your humidifier clean to make sure it’s working properly. With the knowledge of just a few key techniques in cleaning and maintenance, you’ll really be able  to prolong the lifespan of your humidifier.

Key Humidifier Facts

Before you learn the right ways on how to clean a humidifier, you may want to gain a better understanding of this device. Primarily, a humidifier can hold sufficient amount of water to vaporize it, and you inhale the vapor released into the air. After use, it is important to clean it thoroughly, do check the manual which came with the humidifier for any special cleaning requirements.
If your humidifier is stored in the closet after not being used for several months, you should clean it first to make sure it is safe to use. According to allergists, it’s not advisable to use a humidifier that has been stuck somewhere with water for weeks. A device in this condition increases the likelihood of mold appearing which is the last thing you want in the unit.

Step by Step Cleaning Guide

If you live in a home which has issues with damp and mould  then you are more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma.

It’s also now known that damp and mould can affect your immune system.

Humidifier Cleaning

1. Begin by bringing together all the cleaning materials

Before you get started cleaning your humidifier, it makes sense to prepare all the materials you will need. These items include white vinegar, tea tree oil or bleach, bottle brush, water, and your humidifier. However, be sure to check the user’s manual to see if you need to use a bottle brush for scrubbing away dirt in the device before getting started.

2. Take the components apart

Remove any remaining water that is still in the tank, and break down the different components of your humidifier. A number of humidifiers come with a lock over the heating element.  Again check the manual to make sure that each element that can be removed, is. No point in doing half a job!

3. Use vinegar for cleaning

When cleaning your humidifier, you may have to use vinegar for optimum disinfection. Other users, though, prefer to add some bleach as this can help cleanse the device thoroughly. If you use vinegar, you may pour it on the base and water tank. As for the other parts of the humidifier, you may want to place them all in a bowl or tub, then soak these pieces with vinegar to get rid of any deposits that might have become stuck on them. If your manual indicates that these parts are dishwasher-safe, then go ahead and pop them into the unit for easy cleaning.

4. Clean with a brush

Some humidifiers come equipped with a brush for quick cleaning. However, if yours doesn’t then we find that a regular bottle brush  works really well to loosen any dirt. If you’re lucky, or you clean your humidifier regularly, you might find that any deposits have already been removed with the help of vinegar, then there is no need to use a brush for scrubbing.

5. Rinse thoroughly with tap water

After you have cleaned every component of your humidifier, then begin rinsing the unit and its parts with tap water. Be sure to give each component a shake to further remove any dirt or debris, and allow each of the pieces to air-dry.

Final Tips

  • If you notice any debris in the humidifier which has been tough to remove, then we find soaking in vinegar is the best solution. Scrubbing hard can cause damage, so care is needed.
  • Do consider cleaning the unit every 24-36 hours. If water has been standing inside your humidifier for any longer, then you should not use it inside your home before emptying and cleaning.