We’ve often linked harmful bacterias, molds, yeast and resulting illness to a contaminated humidifier. You should clean your humidifier every two days. Humidifiers are a great source of comfort during the cold winter months. These increase the quality of indoor air during the cold season and help keep the temperature indoors less cold naturally by increasing the moisture in the air. One good reason for humidifiers is to prevent colds and other diseases from spreading because of the dry air. And to ensure the indoor air is healthy, always keep the humidifier clean. A dirty humidifier will spread unwanted and harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria and molds in the air, thus, defeating the purpose of good quality indoor air through the humidifier.
Luckily, most humidifiers are easy to clean and cost almost nothing to clean. Pantry cleaning staples such as white vinegar, bleach or hydrogen peroxide are the main cleansers to clean the humidifier from the water tank to the base. A soft bristled brush, clean towels and a drying rack are all the apparatus needed to clean each part.
Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions in disassembling the parts. Unplug the appliance before starting. Drain the water from the tank.
When filling the humidifier with water, use distilled water, never water from the tap. Tap water has trace minerals that leaves residue. Remember to replace the water before using the humidifier to make sure the vapor is clean and free from micro-organisms. A weekly quick clean up with water and monthly thorough cleaning are optimal to keep the appliance effective. Always keep the humidifier clean for it to be efficient in keeping the indoor air healthy and clean.