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How to Clean Out a Humidifier

Importance of Cleaning a Humidifier

It is very important to clean out a humidifier at home. A humidifier will moisten the air inside the house and make it easier to breath. On the other hand, a humidifier with a dirty filter can pump dangerous bacteria into the air instead or ruin the humidifier over time. Thankfully, humidifiers can be cleaned out at home using common supplies.

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Performing a Basic Humidifier Cleaning

Step 1:

First, unplug the humidifier, then remove the filter. Hold it under the faucet and rinse it with water to wash away any impurities.


  • Don't use chemicals to clean the humidifier (or any cleaning solution).
  • Some humidifiers require you to change the filter from time to time (can be checked before purchasing).
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Step 2:

Remove the water tank of the humidifier and pour the old water. Fill the water tank with vinegar and make sure it covers the bottom and sides of the tank and let it sit for an hour or two hours. Pour the vinegar from the water tank and rinse the tank when you are finished.


  • You may use a scrub brush to clean the water tank.
  • Don't use any other cleaner besides vinegar.

Step 3:

Use a sponge with water or a wipe to clean the frame of the humidifier. This prevents dust and other debris from entering the water tank.


Step 4:

Fill the humidifier with water few essential oil drops. Congratulations! You are ready to use your humidifier again. 


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  • Great content and very helpful, used these methods to clean how my humidifier and worked great! thank you


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