How Often Should I Clean My Humidifier?

Humidifiers make dry winter season easy for both children and adult. They can prevent allergies, sinus congestion, flu, cough, and many other respiratory diseases. But taking benefits from humidifiers requires both time and effort to keep it clean and germ-free. If you cannot take time to clean your humidifier regularly, you are better off without one as a dirty humidifier poses a serious health threat to your family.

How often should humidifier be cleaned?

According to the recommendations of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, your humidifiers should be cleaned according to its capacity.
If you have a humidifier with the capacity of five gallons or less, it should be cleaned once per a week. Humidifiers with more capacity than five gallons should be sanitized once per two weeks. Also, read the manufacturer’s instructions that came with your humidifier for scheduling the cleaning of the humidifier.

Humidifier’s cleaning or sanitizing also depends on how frequently you use a humidifier and what kind of water are you using for filling its tank. Usually, if you are running your humidifier whole day and night, it needs to be cleaned more often.

Use of hard water to fill up the tank also requires cleaning more often. Tap water may contain mineral traces which may settle down and gather in the base of the tank. These mineral deposits can be a breeding ground of bacteria, virus, or mold. That’s why a careful removal of these traces on a regular basis is required for the safety of your loved ones.

Why Humidifiers should be cleaned?

We all know that portable humidifiers should be cleaned on a regular basis. Humidifiers have water tanks for adding the moisture into the air of the room. With the regular use of bacteria, other microorganisms, and mineral scale buildup in the unit. These mineral deposits or microorganism are dispersed into the air with the moisture. Inhaling this contaminated air can cause infections and other serious health issues.

How to clean a Humidifier?

As we have already noted, portable humidifiers should be cleaned on a regular basis. You should fill in the tank with fresh water daily. Throw away the stale water and rinse it properly with fresh water before filling it up again. For deep cleaning, unit should be cleaned with bleach or disinfectant. Follow these steps for cleaning your humidifier:

  • Unplug the device and disassemble its all parts.
  • Rinse the tank with fresh water.
  • Pour vinegar or any other disinfectant in water and left it for half an hour.
  • Gently scrub the base and inner walls of your unit with the help of a brush to remove all mineral residues from the tank.
  • For the tough stains, you can apply the vinegar directly on stains and leave it for a while.
  • Rinse of the vinegar and other disinfectants from the tank and air dry properly before using it again.

Things to consider for the maintenance of humidifier

  • Before using first time each season, clean your humidifier thoroughly with any disinfectant.
  • Not only the water tank but filters of humidifier should also be cleaned on a regular basis. Although filters should be replaced after a certain period cleaning them can improve their quality.
  • Never use the filter that has too many hard stains of mineral deposits. Washing them completely off can be difficult, and for ensuring the safety of your family, a new filter is more appropriate.
  • Don’t leave stale water in your humidifier. It can breed bacteria and virus which can lead to serious health issues.
  • Before storing your humidifier for next season, properly clean it with bleach and make sure it is completely dry.
  • Use of distilled water can save your humidifier from the mineral deposits settling in the base.
  •  Among all these things also keep the humidity of a room in check. Too much moisture in the air can also breed bacteria and another virus.

Humidifiers are extremely useful for making our life easy in dry weather. Following a few safety measures allow you to take the maximum benefits out of it. Make a strict cleaning schedule for your humidifier and follow it religiously to avoid any health hazards from a dirty humidifier. Leaving a dirty humidifier in your room is exactly like letting yourself and your kids exposed to a dirty pond of water with all sort of contamination.

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