Humidifiers are very useful especially during the dry seasons. They help to humidify the air in your surroundings and helps treat dry skin, cracked lips, sore throat, and other skin irritations.
It’s also important to note that humidifiers have a limited lifespan just like with your other appliances at home.
So if you feel like your device is no longer working the way it’s supposed to be and you’ve had it for more than five years already, then it may be time to replace a new humidifier for your room.
If you own a humidifier, it’s important that you keep it clean at all times. Otherwise, molds will start growing in it and will make you and your loved ones to suffer from illnesses.
Here are some tips on how to clean a humidifier.
Basic Cleaning Using Natural Ingredients
If you don’t want to use commercial cleaners in cleaning your humidifier, here are the steps on how to clean your humidifier using natural ingredients:
- First, rinse the filter using warm water. This is to get rid of all the bacteria and impurities.
- Next, empty the water tank with water and clean it using vinegar. Vinegar is a natural cleanser and is capable of killing any bacteria that might have gotten into the tank. Use a sponge, brush, or a cloth to wipe the surface of the tank.
- After you’re done with the tank, it’s time to clean the frame. Use a sponge damped in water and vinegar to wipe the frame, including the other remaining parts of the humidifier. Make sure you wipe them thoroughly removing all the debris, dust, and lint that have gotten into the frame.
Disinfect The Humidifier Using Bleach
To ensure that your humidifier is free from any kind of bacteria, make sure you disinfect it with the use of bleach. Here are the steps:
1. Use bleach and water solution
Mix one teaspoon of bleach to one gallon of water. Pour the mixture into the humidifier’s water tank. Leave the solution to settle for a while. If possible, leave them in the tank for up to an hour. That way, they will be able to completely sanitize the tank. After an hour, pour the mixture and rinse the tank using cold water.
Wipe the tank dry using cloth. Make sure you wipe the tank well before you return it back to the humidifier. Also, ensure that no traces of bleach have stayed in the tank. Remember bleach is an extremely powerful disinfectant and it could cause damage to your water tank if you leave it there longer.
2. Use hydrogen peroxide
A good alternative to bleach is the hydrogen peroxide. You can also use this product in cleaning your humidifier and eliminating all bacteria present in it. To do this, use ½ cup of the hydrogen peroxide and swish it around the tank. Leave the peroxide to soak in the tank for up to an hour. Using cold water, rinse the water tank thoroughly and wipe dry.
3. Disinfect with vinegar
You can also vinegar in disinfecting your water tank if you prefer using natural ingredients instead of the bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Deep cleaning with vinegar is the safest way to disinfect your humidifier. But unlike the first method of using the vinegar to clean your humidifier, this method will require turning your humidifier on and leave it to operate.
To start with, fill your water tank with a gallon of water and add one cup of vinegar. Plug the humidifier in and leave it to run for up to an hour. Make sure that when you prefer this method, you let the humidifier to operate outdoors.
The smell of vinegar is so strong so using this method indoors could leave a foul smell in your home. After about an hour, pour the vinegar and water solution out and rinse your humidifier with cold water.
Preventing Bacterial Growth
Aside from cleaning and disinfecting your humidifier, it’s also important that you prevent the growth of bacteria on it. So here are the steps on how you can keep bacteria from growing in your humidifier.
- Change the water regularly – always keep fresh water in your humidifier tank. This will not only help to keep the humidifier working well but it can also help to keep the air in your surroundings fresh and clean.
- Clean the unit after every three days – it’s important that you clean your humidifier after every three days either with the use of vinegar, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide, as stated above.
- Keep the surrounding area dry – it’s important that you keep the area surrounding the humidifier dry. This is to prevent mold growth. Also, if the humidifier is not in use, make sure you keep everything dry, including the water tank. A dampen condition could encourage the growth of molds and bacteria.
- Properly store the humidifier –when you are not using the humidifier, store the unit in a clean and dry place. The unit could get dusty as well so take the necessary steps to dust off the device.
Hopefully, this article can help to give you an idea of how to clean a humidifier.