If you regularly use a humidifier you should know that if it’s not properly cared for it can be a breeding ground for mold. By following a few steps on a regular basis you can keep your humidifier clean and remove any existing mold spores from it. Even if you do not suffer from severe mold or dust mite allergies, you may want to know that anybody can develop a lung condition from dirty humidifiers. This condition is known as humidifier lung or hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Keep your humidifier clean at all times to avoid developing health problems.
Empty and Clean
Every day you should empty out the water reservoir of your humidifier in the sink. Then, you should rinse it out with hot, soapy water. Don’t allow any water to get into the motor of the humidifier. Also, ensure that you’re not overfilling the reservoir when filling it up for use. Humidifiers can be a great tool for those who are suffering from breathing problems, but if they’re not cleaned routinely they become dirty and bacteria filled.
Clean with Vinegar
Every week you can follow the cleaning routine above but, instead of stopping there you will clean with some vinegar. Add 2 cups of white vinegar and water to fill the reservoir to a normal level. Run the humidifier with the vinegar mixture for 30 minutes in an open area. This will help the humidifier to remain clean and mold-free for longer.
Keep the area around your humidifier dry. Remember that it will raise the humidity in your home, which allows mold to grow quickly and aggressively. If you start to notice mold developing in areas of your home, cease use of the humidifier and clean the mold. If you find that the mold has spread to a large area or may be hidden, call professionals like Water Damage Zone to inspect and treat the area.
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