I'd like to start this post off by thanking my readers for their feedback on a recent piece. I've been shying away from repair articles of late – hey, if ain't broke… – but, thanks to the positive feedback on the recent article I wrote on cleaning a humidifier base, I figured I'd offer another round of advice for these trusty machines.
My portable humidifier has been pretty reliable since I bought it three years ago. However, even reliable products require routine maintenance. Since humidifiers use a filter to take allergens, dust and other airborne irritants out of a home's air, these parts often tend to need attention.
By not cleaning this item frequently, you could be using a humidifier that is actually reducing the air quality of your home – blowing back as many particles as it takes in. Luckily for you humidifier owners out there, cleaning this filter is a relatively simple process.
1) After removing the base of the humidifier and extracting the filter, most experts advise you to fill a large bucket with water and a cleaning solution. (While the exact mix of the solution to the water is often debated, I use about 2 gallons to around 80 ounces of the solution, or in a pinch, white vinegar.)
2) Soak the filter in the solution for around 20 minutes.
3) Rinse the bucket and filter, then refill the bucket with a mix of chlorine and water. The amount of chlorine you use should be significantly less than the vinegar. In most instances, no more than a teaspoon of the chlorine is needed.
4) Let the filter soak for around 20 minutes. During this time, the solution will work to dissolve the dirt and grime that have built up in this part of the machine.
After this, you're finished, and your filter should be clean and ready to reuse.