How to Clean Your Humidifier
By Susan M. Keenan
Humidifiers are handy appliances to have in a home, and like any other appliance, they require regular cleaning. If your humidifier is being used on a daily basis, then it should be cleaned at least once a week to maintain optimum performance.
Always refer to the cleaning instructions for any appliance that are provided by the manufacturer. Before following the instructions included here, check with the manual for your humidifier to make sure that you these cleaning instructions are compatible with your machine. Always unplug the humidifier before attempting any maintenance or cleaning on it.
Cool mist humidifiers have basic steps for cleaning them. After you have unplugged the cool mist humidifier, remove the filter and place it to the side. Next, remove the mineral buildup following the directions included below. Next, disinfect the humidifier using the directions included below. Finally, replace the humidifier's filter properly.
Warm mist humidifiers need to have their mineral build up removed using the directions included below. Unplug the humidifier first. Next, it is important that you clean the heating element. Pour white vinegar into the base of your warm mist humidifier. Place the misting chamber into the base.
Allow the vinegar to sit and soak for at least half an hour. Remove the unit and using a soft bristled brush, gently brush away the mineral deposits from the coils. Never use a metal brush. Never pick at the deposits with a tool or sharp object. A clean toothbrush can be used to brush the deposits away from the coil.
Next, pour cool, clean water into the base and place the misting chamber into it. Allow the chamber to sit for a few minutes to allow the residue to soak off. Wipe the chamber clean and dry with a clean, soft cloth. Carefully pour the remaining water down the drain. Finally, disinfect the warm mist humidifier using the directions included below.