Clean humidifier


More and more households use humidifiers. Although primarily a better air climate is to be created, it is not uncommon that the opposite is true. Cleaning the air purifier alone is not enough. In addition, you should regularly disinfect the device.

Various technical versions of humidifiers

Humidifiers are designed to change the humidity in order to create an optimal climate in a room. But all humidifiers need to be cleaned and still involve some problematic aspects. First of all, it is important to distinguish the different types of humidifiers:

  • Humidifier according to the evaporation principle
  • Humidifier according to the evaporation principle
  • Humidifier according to the sputtering principle

Evaporating humidifiers

This type of humidifier has been used for many decades. These are mainly the boxes that are hung on radiators and then evaporate the water in it. That brings advantages. The energy requirement is completely negligible (it is not quite zero, since the water in principle "cools" the heating until it is at temperature).

In addition, the lime residues remain after evaporation in the container. The disadvantage, however, is primarily that these boxes permanently hang on the radiator and are only refilled. As a result, dirt particles also accumulate in the water. Together with the heat, this is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which are now also transported with the evaporated water.

Therefore, you should clean such a vaporizer regularly. You can also add some vinegar, because vinegar successfully kills bacteria.

Humidifier that evaporates

In this humidifier, the bacteria pose no problem - at least theoretically. Because at the evaporator calcifies the device quickly. Then the water evaporates at a lower temperature. This in turn means that bacteria are no longer killed. This can be counteracted by using vinegar to decalcify the humidifier. This will also disinfect the humidifier.

Under "Tips" you can read that some people even consciously evaporate vinegar. Another disadvantage of this humidifier is also the very high power consumption. Under no circumstances should the maintenance be neglected. We recommend you to use distilled water. How to avoid calcification. At the same time, most devices now evaporate hot enough to kill bacteria.

However, these devices also carry the risk of scalding. When setting up, the position should be selected so that no cold building substance is evaporated. The steam would be reflected here as condensation and could lead to mold growth.

Humidifiers that atomize water

Older devices are equipped with a rotating disk. By centrifugal force this atomizes the water and whirls it against a sieve. Modern atomizing humidifiers work with ultrasound. Although there is no risk that the device calcified massive (if it is not constantly turned off with water, which could then evaporate), but the lime is atomized with the water.

Then the water with the lime around the atomizer settles on pieces of furniture and leads here to clearly visible limescale, which are not always easy to remove. If this humidifier is not cleaned regularly, also bacteria (Legionella), which are transported with. The disinfection works but also very well with vinegar. The power consumption is very low.

Tips & Tricks

Numerous scientific studies have shown how efficiently it can be disinfected with vinegar. Therefore, some people use humidifiers instead of pure water with vinegar. Allegedly, the bacterial inflammation relieves significantly in the throat, for example.

However, this is not a medical tip, but is merely an example of how other people use a humidifier. Incidentally, only very few humidifiers are suitable for dust in the house, as we explain in detail here.


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