I finally figured out how to clean a humidifier. This isn’t something I usually think about. Ever. But having kids in the house will make you clean things you never thought about cleaning before!
My youngest son took a trip to the ER a couple of weeks ago because he could barely breathe. The doctors figured everything out and thankfully he is a-okay now! They told us what to watch out for in the future. Then they proceeded to give us a few pointers on how to remedy the situation in the future if we’re able to catch it soon enough. One of those tips was to use a humidifier.
Needless to say, our humidifier is now out of the closet, in the boys’ room, and ready to go at a moments notice!
Since it’s the start of cold and flu season, you might be soon be pulling your humidifier out too. When you do, you’ll need to make sure you clean the humidifier on a regular basis. If you don’t believe me, check out this clip:
‘GMA’ Investigates: How Dirty Is Your Humidifier?
Most families, even those who’s children have asthma and allergies, admitted that they don’t clean their humidifiers as often as they should. So, let’s get ahead of the curve and figure out how to clean that humidifier…that way we will actually follow through!
How to Clean a Humidifier
Humidifier cleaning is really pretty easy. Let me lead you through each step. All you need are things you most likely already have around the house: an empty spray bottle, water, vinegar, and a sponge, old toothbrush, or cloth.
Gather your supplies and prep the humidifier.
Make sure the humidifier is unplugged. Then remove the tank and filter. If there is a detachable motor, remove that too.
Pour equal parts vinegar and warm water into an empty spray bottle.
If the tank already has water in it, empty it out and replace with the vinegar/warm water mixture. Let the solution set for about 5-10 minutes. Then use an old toothbrush, cloth, or sponge to scrub off any leftover mineral content. Rinse the tank well.
Pour straight vinegar into the base of the humidifier and let it set for 45 minutes to an hour. Using the same cleaning tool as before, scrub the base to remove any foreign materials. You know, the ones that cause mold and bacteria. YUCK!
You should follow the first four steps every third day that you use the humidifier. I know it sounds like a lot in addition to your already busy schedule, but IT IS WORTH IT!
You may also have a filter that you would like to clean.
Can you clean humidifier filters? Why yes you can!
To clean a humidifier filter:
- Mix equal parts of vinegar and water into a large container and soak for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Check the filter for mineral deposits and dirt. Put it back into the mixture if needed.
- Rinse with water.
- Allow the filter to dry completely.
Dirty filters cause a humidifier to be less effective. So, you will want to check your humidifier’s filter regularly. Clean every week to month as needed. The more hard water you have, the more often you will need to clean the filter.
After you follow the steps to clean your humidifier, you can quickly sanitize it by using a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
My humidifier is clean. Now what?
Try to use distilled water if possible. Distilled water has a lower mineral content. Because you are trying to get someone in your family well by using a humidifier in the first place, you should know how to quickly check the humidity level in your home. Let’s just say if you see condensation on your windows, the humidity level in your house is most likely too high and a great place for mold and bacteria to grow.
Clean your humidifier often:
Every day: Disassemble and rinse your humidifier. Then let air dry.
Every week: Clean your humidifier thoroughly. I’ve suggested one way to clean a humidifier but make sure to check and follow the manufacturers instructions!
Make sure to add this to your seasonal cleaning checklist!
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