Cool mist humidifiers emit a cool vapor into the air that helps people suffering from congestion, throat irritations, and respiratory ailments like allergies and asthma. Like all home appliances, they require regular cleaning and maintenance in order to be effective.
What Happens If Humidifiers Aren’t Cleaned?
If they’re not cleaned regularly, cool mist humidifiers can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, which can exacerbate or even cause the symptoms humidifiers are deigned to relieve: flu, lung infections, and asthma attacks. If you’re house has hard water, there’s also a danger mineral buildup could damage the motor or clog up the housing.
Though most humidifiers have special filters and components to reduce the risk of mineral buildup and harmful contagions, they’re effectiveness is limited without regular cleaning.
How Often Should Humidifiers Be Cleaned?
If you use your humidifier regularly, it should be rinsed at least once per day and thoroughly cleaned once per month.
What Do You Need to Clean Your Humidifier?
Cleaning your Luma humidifier requires only a few common, household cleaning supplies:
- White Vinegar
- 50/50 Water & White Vinegar Mixture, in a Spray Bottle
- 1 Large Bowl
- 1/2 – 1 Cup Ionized Salt
- Soft Bristle Brush (Included with unit)
What’s the Best Way to Clean Your Humidifier?
Start by unplugging your humidifier and carefully taking it apart. Separate the water tank from the filter and the base. Remove the motor housing and set it aside.
Fill the water tank with equal parts water and vinegar. Replace the lid and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you’re worried about mold, you can disinfect the base by pouring in a mixture of water and bleach. The ratio should be one tablespoon of bleach for every gallon the base can hold. Fill it up and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Fill the bowl with water and stir in a 1/2 – 1 cup of ionized salt. Place the filter in the sauce pan and let it sit for 30 minutes. This will recharge the minerals in the filter and help extend its lifespan.
Take the base of the humidifier and inspect the vibrating disc. This is what generates the humidity. Take the brush and remove any minerals or residue on it. If it won’t come off easily, fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. Spray tough spots to help break them up.
You can also use the spray bottle to clean up residue or buildup on any of the remaining parts of the humidifier. When you’re done, rinse all the components thoroughly. Fill and rinse the water tank at least twice, more if you’ve used bleach to disinfect it. Make sure the filter is completed washed and set aside to dry out of direct sunlight. Once it’s dry, reassemble your cool mist humidifier and it will be ready to work once again.
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