With the cold, dry air, you may find yourself feeling sluggish. If you use a humidifier, chances are you’ll need to clean it often to keep it from crawling with bacteria. Follow these steps to help you make it a weekly habit.
Supplies: Water, White Vinegar, Soft-Bristle Brush, Towel, Bleach (Optional)
Step 1: Start with an unplugged humidifier and remove the tank. Pull out the filter and rinse with cold water.
Step 2: Fill up the base of the humidifier with white vinegar and swirl it around. Fill an additional bucket with undiluted vinegar and place any other pieces of the humidifier that need to be cleaned inside to soak (about half an hour).
Step 3: Scrub the base with your soft-bristled brush. Make sure to get in all the crevices! Rinse everything with cool water and let towel dry.
Step 4: Pour any excess water out of the tank and refill with clean water. Add a teaspoon of either vinegar or bleach for every gallon of water you have. Let it sit for about half an hour and then drain the tank again. Finish by rinsing a few times to ensure it is completely clean.
Step 5: Put everything back together and fill the tank with clean water.