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How to Clean Your Humidifier and Prevent Bacteria Build-up

Cleaning your humidifier doesn’t have to be difficult, but if you don’t do it often enough, the build-up of bacteria can cause issues. Follow these tips on how to clean your humidifier in order to avoid any problems!

Unplug Your Air Humidifier Before Cleaning

Unplug your humidifier before you clean it. This ensures the water stays inside of the reservoir so you don’t make a mess. Clean my humidifier every few weeks or when it starts to feel icky. Turn on your hot water tap, which will help melt any scale that might have built up, then put about half a cup of white vinegar into your reservoir. Run cold water for about three minutes at a high pressure until the vinegar is mixed in with the water. Next, start up your humidifier and let it run for another three minutes so that the new cleaner mixes throughly with all of the remaining cool air inside of your humidifier’s system.

Remove The Filter And Wash It With Soap And Water

It is important that you clean your humidifier at least once a week. Remove the filter from the unit and wash it with soap and water. Rinse it with clean water, then place it back inside the humidifier. If your humidifier doesn’t have a filter, you should replace it every two weeks to prevent bacteria build up in the unit. Clean out any mineral deposits by running vinegar or bleach through the system for 20 minutes or until clear.

Clean The Interior Of The Humidifier With A Vinegar Solution

A dirty humidifier can cause bacteria buildup that will release harmful particles into the air you breathe. To clean your humidifier, remove the water tank (if applicable), soak a towel in vinegar and wring it out so it doesn’t drip, then place the wet towel inside of your humidifier. Let it sit overnight with the lid open so all of the moisture evaporates. Remove the towel in the morning and clean up any spilled vinegar solution. Rinse out any remaining vinegar solution with cold water before filling your humidifier with cool tap water again. Run some cold tap water through your humidifier for at least two minutes, then refill it once more before replacing all parts – including water tank if applicable – back into their rightful place.

Rinse The Humidifier With Clean Water

It is important to clean your humidifier regularly. Cleaning your humidifier prevents bacteria buildup that can lead to a moldy smell. To clean your humidifier, first, rinse it with clean water from the tap. Next, use a clean cloth or paper towel and wipe down any remaining debris from the inside of the unit. Once you are finished cleaning it, fill your tank with fresh water.

Allow The Humidifier To Air Dry Before Putting It Back Together

To clean your humidifier, unplug it from the outlet, wipe it down with a damp cloth, then allow it to air dry before putting it back together. Make sure you do this on a regular basis! If your humidifier has a filter, change the filter every month or more often depending on how many hours per day the humidifier is running.

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