Things You'll Need
Soft scrub brush (optional)
For a continuously clean vaporizer, replace the water daily and clean with vinegar and bleach weekly.
With some vaporizers, the motor and power cord can be detached from the steam unit. In this case the entire steam unit can be submerged in vinegar.
The gift of moisture that a vaporizer gives to the air provides much needed respiratory and skin relief during dry winter days. But over time, if not properly cleaned, vaporizers can build up mold and bacteria, which can cause more harm than good.
White vinegar, known for its disinfecting abilities, is a non-toxic household product that can be used to clean and purify a vaporizer. Make sure the vaporizer is disassembled according to your manufacturer's instructions before attempting to clean.
Unscrew the steam and power unit from the water reservoir.
Shake out any excess water from the steam unit. Dump any excess water from the water reservoir.
Set the steam unit upright in a bowl. Fill the bowl with white vinegar until the vinegar level is just below the motor (the power source where the electrical cord comes out). Make sure the vinegar is just covering the filter area.
The steam unit is where most of the build-up can happen, so allow it to soak for at least 10 minutes.
Wipe down the inside and outside of the reservoir with a soft cloth dampened with vinegar. For heavy build up, a soft scrub brush can be used. For further disinfecting of the reservoir, fill it with water and add a teaspoon of bleach. Allow the reservoir to soak for 20 minutes, then dump and rinse thoroughly.
Remove the steam unit from the vinegar. Cover up the hole on the bottom with your hand. Fill the unit with water, pouring water in through the top. Cover the top with your hand. Shake well, then remove your hand from the bottom to release the water.
Thoroughly dry off the parts with a clean, soft cloth.
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