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How to prevent bacteria and mold growth in your humidifier.

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Having a humidifier may do wonders for your living comfort in decreasing dry air in your house, though, it may also turn out to be a dangerous household appliance in cultivating mold and bacteria if proper care is not given to the humidifier, especially if it lacks the incorporation of microban technology.

Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including disconnecting the power.  When dealing with chemicals, such as those found in bleach, make sure you take precautions, such as wearing gloves and goggles.  Also, make sure to take all precautionary measures in dealing with mold and bacteria, including requiring to wear a mask if need be; read all product manufacturer instructions.

With the above in mind, particularly the need to take proper care of your humidifier, there are many steps you can take to help prevent bacteria and mold growth in your humidifier, all done in consultation with your humidifier's owner's manual, and they include the following:

  • Eliminate standing water.  When you must turn off your humidifier, you may want to take the precaution of removing any water that is found in it in order to eliminate a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

  • Use a bleach-water solution to clean out the water container.  Every once in a while, as you deem necessary, or as otherwise dictated by your humidifier's owner's manual, you may use a bleach-water solution to wash out the water container of your humidifier to make it free of bacteria and mold.

  • Wicking filter inclusion.  If possible, buy a humidifier with a wicking filter, as such a disposable filter serves to collect harmful minerals and otherwise airborne debris.

  • Microban technology inclusion.  If you have the option to buy a humidifier, as noted earlier, you may want to choose a humidifier that includes the use of microban technology engineered to help prevent bacterial and mold growth.

These are just some of the steps you can take in caring for your humidifier.

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