Things You'll Need
Hydrogen peroxide (optional)
Lint-free microfiber cloths
Distilled white vinegar
DuraRinse humidifier cleaner (optional)
Small, soft-bristled brush (optional)
If your filter discolors, don’t worry because this is normal. If your filter clogs, soak it in cool water for 10 minutes, rinse it out and then try using it again. If it remains clogged, replace it. Additionally, start adding DuraFree humidifier descaler water softener to the water tank each time you fill it or purchase a water softening system for your water supply. If you need to store your humidifier, dispose of the filter, clean and dry the humidifier parts and place the humidifier in a box with the water tank uncapped.
Always remove the water tank before moving the humidifier.
Although Duracraft humidifiers vary somewhat by model design, most function in similar ways. Additionally, they typically have the same weekly cleaning requirements: dust removal from the exterior, mineral deposit removal from the base and filter and disinfection of the water tank and base to remove and prevent future growth of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Learning these simple methods for using and maintaining your humidifier will help you to improve the moisture levels in your household and stay healthy while doing so.
Fill a 1-gallon jug with water and add 1 tsp. household bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
Add some solution to the reservoir in the base of your Duracraft humidifier. Fill the water tank with the rest. Wait 20 minutes for the solution to disinfect the parts.
Pour out the solution. Rinse the water tank thoroughly with cool water and wipe the base with a damp lint-free microfiber cloth until you can no longer smell bleach. If you used hydrogen peroxide, rinse the parts for a minute.
Place the filter in a sink or basin filled with cool water. Fill the water tank with cool tap water.
Move the base to a waterproof, level surface more than 6 inches from walls, curtains or electrical equipment.
Remove the filter from the water and insert it into the base. Attach the motor housing to one side of the base and place the water tank on the other side.
Plug in your humidifier.
Set the humidity level and the fan level if it has a separate control. For example, you might set your unit to "High" for more humidity or to "Normal" or "Low" for less.
Turn off and unplug the unit if you see moisture on the windows of the room or need to refill or clean it. If you need to refill it, simply remove the parts that you assembled, dispose of any water remaining in the water tank or base and repeat Steps 4 through 6 in the "Preparation" section before turning the unit back on.
Turn off and unplug your humidifier.
Empty any water in the tank and base. Remove the motor housing and set it aside. Remove the filter and set it aside.
Wipe the water reservoir with a dry cloth.
Pour 1 cup distilled white vinegar or DuraRinse humidifier cleaner into the water reservoir. Wait 20 minutes.
Clean the reservoir with a cloth or small, soft-bristled brush to remove mineral deposits. Pour out the vinegar or DuraRinse cleaner and then wipe the base with two or three damp cloths to make sure that you've removed all residues.
Disinfect the water tank and reservoir following Steps 1 through 3 in the "Preparation" section.
Dampen a cloth slightly and wipe the exterior to remove dust.
Irene A. Blake
Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.