Tips on cleaning a humidifier

It’s time to clean your humidifier.  If someone in your house is prone to croup cough, you’ll want to have your humidifier ready to go.  Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning.

Cleaning the Water Tank of Humidifier

We have a cool mist humidifier.  To clean it, we put about one gallon of water in the humidifier’s water tank, and add one teaspoon of disinfecting bleach.  Next, put the cap on and shake it around every few minutes to clean the tank. When finished, rinse with water until the bleach smell is gone.

Cleaning the Water Tray of Humidifier

We clean the bottom part of the humidifier with undiluted white vinegar.  Just fill the water tray with vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes.  Next, we drain the tray, and wipe with a soft cloth.  When finished, rinse it with water until the vinegar smell is no longer there.

Helpful tips

Are you having a difficult time cleaning the humidifier?  Q-tips can be helpful to reach those small, hard-to-reach areas.  Be sure to clean the spout of the humidifier, where the vapors exit the machine.

We use a baby bottle brush to clean the shaft of the vaporizer.  The brush is made out of foam, and can reach all the way down the spout.  We add a little vinegar to the foam brush, just to sanitize and remove any germs.

The bottom line is if you are having a hard time cleaning something, you’re not using the right tools. 🙂

Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  We can’t stress this enough.

Happy cleaning!

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