How to Remove the Slime From a Dehumidifier

A slimy substance can coat the bottom and sides of a dehumidifier reservoir. Bacteria and mold spores from the air are the cause of the slime that develops. If left to continue to grow, the slime can begin to have a rancid aroma. The slime cannot be prevented. However, frequent cleaning can remove and prevent the slime from building up and causing an odor.

Step 1

Unplug the dehumidifier.

Step 2

Remove the reservoir and discard the water.

Step 3

Fill the reservoir with hot water and dish soap.

Step 4

Wash the reservoir with a soft cleaning cloth.

Step 5

Replace the reservoir and plug the dehumidifier back into the unit.