How to Clean A Humidifier


We’ve heard from parents time and time again that the thing they love least about their humidifier is cleaning it.  And with that in mind, we worked with our friends at Crane to develop this quick-and-easy guide to how to clean a humidifier.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Weekly Humidifier Cleaning

What You Need:

  • Cool tap water

  • White vinegar

  • Cotton swab

To Clean the Tank:

  • Add two tablespoons of white vinegar to the tank and fill halfway with water (about two cups)

  • Screw the cap back on and shake vigorously

  • Let sit for 30 minutes

  • Empty, rinse with water, and leave cap off to air dry

To Clean the Base:

  • Unplug the base and fill it with water (about two cups)

  • Add one tablespoon of white vinegar

  • Soak for 30 minutes

  • Gently clean the nebulizer and other nooks and crannies with a cotton swab

  • Empty away from the side with the fan vent

  • Rinse with water and air dry

Be sure to also empty your humidifier tank and base daily to maintain performance and avoid bacterial growth. Wipe the base with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel.

Also check out Crane’s videos on using and cleaning their humidifiers: Adorable Humidifier and Drop Humidifier 

This post was sponsored by our friends at Crane, the makers of the Adorable humidifier.


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5 Responses

  1. Baby Bottle says:

    nice post. Thank you for this inspiring article.

  2. Megan says:

    Can the top piece (face) be put in dishwasher to help sanitize?

  3. Barbara says:

    I am so happy to find your post about cleaning home humidifier. This cleaning way sounds very efficient. Thanks for sharing

  4. Yes, vinegar is great for cleaning mineral deposits from humidifiers. You can also use a little bit of bleach for the tank and base on occasion if you want to make sure you don’t get mold.

  5. Carly says:

    Actually, I have tried to clean my humidifiers with a simple vinegar and water mixture and it worked perfectly. Excellent guide! Thank you for sharing this!

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