Cooler weather often calls for turning on the heat which, while cozy, can also lead to dry air (and raspy morning throat). Luckily, a humidifier can help promote hydrated skin and healthy sinuses— unless, that is, you haven’t cleaned it since last winter. If you’re one of the millions of Americans that use a cool mist humidifier to help breathe easier or just use it to make your home more comfortable, you know that properly maintaining your cool mist humidifier is key to your health and happiness.
How Often to Clean Humidifier?
Depending on how often you use your cool mist humidifier and other environmental factors, it is recommended that you rinse your cool mist humidifier once per day and thoroughly clean your cool mist humidifier at least once per week. It’s important to keep in mind that cleaning recommendation can vary depending upon the type of humidifier you have, whether or not you have pets and other environmental factors.
How to Clean a Humidifier
Here is a step-by-step guide to clean your humidifier.
Step 1Unplug the Humidifier, then take it apart. Disassemble your your humidifier to ensure all parts are cleaned out thoroughly. Make sure the water tank is separate from the filter and base. Also, be sure to carefully remove the motor housing and set aside
Step 2Fill the tank with water and add the tablespoon of bleach. It is better if you use natural cleaners like vinegar or baking soda, but bleach is okay. Add it to the water tank up to the maximum fill line and let sit for 10 minutes. Then scrub and rinse.
Step 3Place the filter in the saucepan with the vinegar/water combination and let sit for approximately 30 minutes.
Step 4Clean the mold.
Step 5Check the filter again. Because many models use a disposable kind to wick moisture or absorb minerals.
Step 6Disinfect the base by pouring a mixture of 1 teaspoon of bleach for every gallon of water that you use into the base of the cool mist humidifier. Let sit for 30 minutes.
Step 7Gently spot clean any remaining pieces and thoroughly rinse the tank, filter, and base.
Last, before putting a humidifier away for the season, give it one final cleaning, allow everything to air dry completely, and then store it in a dry environment. If it has a wick, remove the wick prior to storage. If you’re taking it out of storage, clean the unit again before you begin operation.