Due to the dry climate, many of us have humidifiers, so let's talk about keeping them clean. Always check your owner's manual for specific instructions. And always make sure that the humidifier is turned off. Here are some general guidelines.
Removing Mineral Buildup:
Fill the base with about 1 cup of white vinegar
Let this stand for 20 minutes. During this 20 minutes to distribute solutions gently shake or swish base. Use a soft brush to remove any scale.
After the 20 minutes is up, rinse the base or tank well with clean water.
Take your base or tank and fill with 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach for each gallon of water it holds.
Again let stand for 20 minutes and do your shaking and swishing (gently)
Rinse well with clean water until the bleach smell is gone.
Basically there are two types of humidifiers, cool mist and warm mist.
When cleaning cool mist first remove filter pad and set aside.
Remove mineral buildup.
When cleaning warm mist, remove mineral buildup.
Because it is warm mist, clean the heating element by pouring white vinegar into the base, making sure the power is off.
Place the mist chamber down on the base and allow the mist chamber to soak for at least 20 minutes.
Follow manufacturer's direction when removing the power unit. An old toothbrush is handy to brush the mineral deposit away from the coils. Never scrub them with a metal brush or try to pick them off.
Pour cool water into the base and place the mist chamber on top of it to rinse. After soaking a few minutes wipe with a soft cloth.
Disinfect but do not run water through the mist chamber. Never use a chemical substance to clean heating element.
Do not operate the unit with the vinegar in it.