How to Clean a Humidifier

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Want to learn how to clean a humidifier? This article will show you how! With heat running full blast all day long, winter can be the driest season of the year. Dry air in your house or apartment can mean dry skin, mouth, and nasal passageways. It can also mean an extra build-up of static electricity, which can be a major problem for clothes, linen, and hair. A humidifier can not only help you improve the air quality of your home, it can also help improve your overall health. Humidifiers are particularly handy during cold and flu season.

Investing in a high-quality humidifier may be a very wise move – but, as with any of your favourite appliances, it’s always a good idea to keep it in good running order. This means cleaning it on a regular basis. Because humidifiers dispense water into the air, you really want to make sure you’re putting clean water into the air that you and your family breathe. This means a regular disinfection routine for your humidifier, to keep it running smoothly and to keep your air quality at its best. You don’t have to use a lot of heavy-duty chemicals to disinfect your humidifier – in fact, you’ll want to use all-natural cleaners because you don’t want to be breathing in toxic fumes. To green clean your humidifier, you’ll need a few simple items, including a new filter, a sponge, a toothbrush, clean water, vinegar, and a clean dish rag. You’ll also need to read over the operating manual that came with your appliance before you get started. Turn to the pages outlining how to clean your humidifier and how to take it apart for cleaning.

Next, you’ll need to follow these instructions:

1. Safety first. Unplug the appliance before disassembling it. Empty the basin holding the water inside and throw away the old filter – recycle if possible.

2. Take a good look at the machine’s interior. Right away, you should see the parts that need scrubbing. Combine one part clean water to one part vinegar, pour into a spray bottle and shake lightly. Spray down all of the soiled areas of the humidifier using the vinegar and water solution. You might want to wet the sponge and use it on the outside and the base of the machine. Scrub all areas until they are sparkling clean.

3. Give the water container a good wash, as well. Make sure you use some vinegar solution in there, too. Then rinse with fresh water and dry with a clean cloth.

4. Wipe down the remaining sections of the machine. You might want to use the toothbrush to get to the tricky bits. Dry all of the parts after you’re done.

5. Open the new filter package and install it in the humidifier.

6. Reassemble your humidifier and fill the water basin with cool, clean, filtered water. Never use hot water to refill your basin. Plug the machine back in.

Now your humidifier is as clean as new and ready to go once again.*

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