As how much you need the humidifier, that is also how much you should care for it. Like any electrical appliances it needs to be cleaned and maintained. Here are the basic steps to help you:

Cool Mist humidifier

  1. Firstly refer to cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure it is compatible with steps below.
  2. Unplug your humidifier.
  3. Remove the filter and place it to the side.
  4. To remove the mineral buildup – pour about a cup undiluted white vinegar into the base of the water container.
  5. Allow the vinegar to sit and soak for 1 ½ hour
  6. Gently swish the vinegar solution around the container so it coats the entire base
  7. Then use a soft bristled brush, gently scrub the interior of the container and areas that has mineral build up
  8. At the end of the half hour pour the vinegar out and rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove the mineral and vinegar residue.
  9. To disinfect the humidifier fill the container with clean water and add one teaspoon of liquid chlorine to every gallon of water
  10. Soak for at least half an hour, then pour it out and rinse it thoroughly
  11. Finally, replace the humidifier’s filter properly.

For warm mist humidifier all the above steps are applicable. The only difference is that you will need to remove the mineral build up from the heating element:

  • Pour white vinegar into the base of your warm mist humidifier
  • Place the misting chamber into the base.
  • 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.
  • Next, pour cool, clean water into the base and place the misting chamber into it.
  • Let it sit for a while for the residue to soak off.
  • Wipe the chamber clean and dry with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Carefully pour the remaining water down the drain.

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