How to clean humidifiers
your steam humidifiers, ultrasonic humidifiers and evaporative humidifiers free of scale and bacteria and keep them
running smoothly, be sure to follow the these tips:
You can use
tap water in your humidifier however in hard water areas, tap water contains
minerals that can appear as lime deposits or scale in your humidifier, also
with ultrasonic or cool mist humidifiers without ion exchange filters for best
results we would recommend that you fill your humidifier with distilled or
Change the humidifier
water every day. Do not allow films or deposits to develop inside your
humidifiers. Empty the water tank, dry the inside surfaces and refill with
clean water every day.
Cleaning scale build up
water and steam humidifiers require the removal of any mineral build-up.
Remember for safety when you are cleaning your humidifier to unplug it from the
mineral build up:
the water tank from the unit and pour undiluted white vinegar into the base of
the unit, just enough to cover the base. (you could also buy proprietary
the vinegar to sit in the humidifier for a minimum of 30 minutes. Depending on
the amount of mineral build-up you may need to leave the vinegar soaking for
longer. You will see scaled up areas turn white and start to fizz.
the vinegar occasionally by gently shaking the base. Swish the solution around
the container making sure that it coats the entire base.
4. Use a
soft brush to gently scrub the interior of the container on areas that are encrusted
with mineral build up.
5. If there
is a large amount of scale, after some time the vinegar will no longer clean
the scale, becoming inactive. If this happens you will need to use more new
vinegar and repeat steps 2 to 4.
6. Once the
unit appears to be clean you can pour the vinegar out of the base.
7. Rinse thoroughly
with clean water to remove the mineral and vinegar residue.
the container a second time to ensure that you have removed all the solution.
Never allow any vinegar residue to remain in your humidifier.
water in your humidifier becomes slimy or has an odour it may mean you have a bacteria
build-up and therefore you should disinfect it.
1. Fill the
tank or base with approx 1 litre of clean cold water and add no more than one
teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach.
this solution to sit and soak for at least 30 minutes.
3. Once the
30 minutes has passed, pour the bleach solution away.
the base several times until the smell of bleach has dissipated. Never allow
any bleach to remain in your humidifier.
5. If your
humidifier is the cold water evaporative type we would recommend to change the