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Caring For Humidifiers

Humidifiers can be a bit high maintenance, however proper care of them becomes a lot easier when a routine is established, as proper Humidifier care is extremely important for your home and your health. Dirty reservoirs and filters in humidifiers can quickly breed bacteria and mold and is especially problematic for people with asthma and allergies. To keep humidifiers free of harmful mold, fungi and bacteria, follow the guidelines recommended by the manufacturer. These tips for portable humidifiers also can help:

  • Change humidifier water often- Don’t allow film or deposits to develop inside your humidifiers. Empty the tanks, dry the inside surfaces and refill with clean water every day if possible.
  • Clean humidifiers every three days- Unplug the humidifier before you clean it. Remove any mineral deposits or film from the tank or other parts of the humidifier with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, which is available at pharmacies. Always rinse the tank after cleaning to keep harmful chemicals from becoming airborne and then inhaled.
  • Change humidifier filters regularly- If the humidifier has a filter, change it at least as often as the manufacturer recommends and more often if it’s dirty.