While humidifiers can help soothe dry noses and throats a dirty humidifier can actually make you sick.
The Dangers of a Dirty Humidifier
Dirty humidifiers can harbor mold and other sorts of dangerous bacteria which can lead to respiratory problems. A dirty humidifier can aggravate allergy or asthma symptoms and can also cause healthy people to develop flu-like symptoms.
How to Clean a Dirty Humidifier
- Drain the water reservoir and clean with hot water and soap. If there is mold or some other substance, take a sponge or scrub brush and remove it. Avoid getting water in the motor.
- Rinse the tank with clean water and wipe it down using a damp peroxide-soaked wipe or cloth
- Refill the tank with distilled water as tap water can have minerals that attract microorganism build-up
Cleaning a Humidifier with Heavy Mold Build-Up
- Use an equal mix of water and bleach and run the unit outside for 30 minutes
- Rinse well with clean water, then fill distilled water and run outside for several minutes to ensure the bleach is out of the machine
- If by chance, all the mold is not cleared away, replace the machine.
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