How to Clean a Humidifier

cleaning a humidifierThe cold, flu and allergy season make homeowners bring out their humidifiers in order to help moisten the air and to combat colds. Unless you properly clean a humidifier, it can put your health and well-being in danger. This is because with time, mold and bacteria grow in the tanks and then get into the air through the mist.

Why Cleaning a Humidifier is Important

Humidifiers are very important because lots of health benefits on top of helping you combat dry air. Some of these benefits include:

• They help in relieving cold symptoms such as sinusitis, flu, allergy, nose bleeding, coughs and high fever symptoms.

• They also help relieve and prevent scratchy skin as well as split or chapped lips.

• They also help in improving the quality of air in your home which is very important for your overall well-being

• For babies, humidifiers can enable them sleep peacefully as well as improve the health of their skin.

In order for the humidifier to give you the best service, you must clean it regularly. This is because if not cleaned, it can be the prime location for mold and bacteria to grow which then ends up being pumped into your breathing air. For any homeowner, this is certainly not a good combination.

Cleaning a Humidifier Which No Longer Mists

Many homeowners put their humidifier into storage when summer bids them goodbye and because of tiredness or just an act of forgetfulness, they do not clean them. When you later on put them out to use them, they may not mist. Alternatively, they may turn on and then you hear them heating up the water. While many homeowners think that their systems are no longer working right or spoilt, the reality is the humidifier just needs cleaning. The following is a simple process to get this done.

• Add two cups of distilled vinegar to an empty water compartment and then fill it to the full line with fresh cold water.

• Then, assemble the humidifier and run it until the water compartment is empty, but not dry. Thereafter, rinse the unit and run it once more with regular water in order to rinse the entire humidifier and rid it of the vinegar.

The vinegar which moves through the humidifier helps in cleaning mineral deposits that may have built up over time in the machine. Take the humidifier apart and look at it. If there are visible deposits of minerals on it, proceed to the next step.

• Start by creating a paste of table salt, lemon juice and baking soda. Dampen a clean cloth and then apply the paste. Manually, scrub off the remaining mineral deposits and then wipe the surfaces with a damp and a clean cloth. To prevent any further buildup of minerals, add a few vinegar table spoons to your water solution every time you use the humidifier.

To disinfect your humidifier, fill the water tank and add a teaspoon of bleach for every gallon of water. You may also use 3% hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach. Swish the solution gently to coat the tank evenly and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse it thoroughly.