This is the easiest solution on how to clean your humidifier. Using vinegar & a diluted bleach solution, your humidifier will be clean and ready for dry winter nights.
Holy moly it is dry in Calgary! Since we landed in Canada, we are constantly reaching for our water bottles and humidifiers. Constant use of heaters dries out your home. Even if you do have home humidifiers like we do, that still may not be enough for you. It is important to use a humidifier and this is the easiest how to clean your humidifier you can find.
Humidifiers combat several problems:
- Littles colds & allergies.
- Dry hair, skin, nails
- Help ease asthma symptoms
- Sinus pressure & headaches related to dry weather
As amazing as these machines are, they are worthless if you don’t keep them clean. They can actually be harmful! This is why a weekly cleaning will keep bacteria, mold and mildew from forming. Also, to keep the machine in working order, it is important to clean all mineral deposits as well. It will keep your machine running much longer.
How to Clean Your Humidifier
First, check your humidifier’s instructions for cleaning. I use a very basic guideline to clean ours. Start with unplugging the machine. Next, clean the machine thoroughly using vinegar water. I check for “slimy” areas and mineral deposits. Hard water or water that uses softeners can leave mineral deposits. Use a brush dipped in vinegar to reach hard to reach areas. I poured a little vinegar on a sponge and was able to clean everything on mine. Rinse well.
Side note for machines with a filter. Rinse the filter thoroughly with water and allow to dry completely. Don’t use any chemicals – they can’t be determined safe for all filters. I opted out of a filter machine after having to replace the filter too often. They had way more upkeep than I could stand. I then found this humidifier which works perfectly in our home.
How to Disinfect Your Humidifier
Wait! You aren’t done. After cleaning your humidifier, disinfect it. This is easily done by using a bleach solution* and soaking for 30 minutes or so. I fill the tank completely with the bleach water solution and pour some in the base as well. I usually allow it to sit over a long period of time, like a couple of hours. After disinfecting your humidifier, completely rinse it and fill it up with cool water for use.
- Clean & disinfect your humidifier weekly.
- Always use clean, filtered water in your humidifier.
- Change your humidifier water daily.
I picked up my humidifier at the store as soon as we landed. We actually had them in the closets of our temporary living home. Pretty obvious they were the new accessory of our winter nights. This is the one we personally use here. I love that I can reach in and clean it out using a sponge or cloth.