Adding Vinegar to Your Humidifier

January 29, 2005

A humidifier blowing steam.A little vinegar in your humidifier will help freshen the air in your home.

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December 29, 2010

Has anyone heard of undiluted distilled white vinegar? I have a humidifier that calls for cleaning with this. All I can find in the store is the diluted to 5% acidity distilled white vinegar.

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December 29, 2010

Will white vinegar neutralize the smell coming into the humidifier?

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White distilled vinegar is excellent for removing odors and safe for cleaning humidifiers. Use full strength.

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You must make sure to clean the humidifier as bacteria can build on things as well as mold. Vinegar is a good water conditioner for this too.

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December 14, 2013

I want to know if I can put vinegar in the water in my humidifier. Would it be harmful to breath it in? How about for the kids? We have a pink bacteria (probably Serratia marcesans) that shows up very quickly in the humidifier tank. I clean it once a week.

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January 30, 20181 found this helpful

Clean your spigot really well and around & under your sink with bleach, the mold/bacteria is coming from somewhere. Most likely where you are filling, opening, or servicing your machine. It is common for pink mold/bacteria to live on and in the spray nozzle of many sinks as it can easily be overlooked when cleaning and stays moist.


Try using distilled water mostly in your humidifiers, because things don't grow in it and distilled water wont scale your humidifiers as it evaporates. Pink mold/bacteria is dangerous by the way, so be careful.

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February 1, 20181 found this helpful

yep distilled water,cost a fortune...

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I would dilute it with water.

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March 29, 20191 found this helpful

Where I live it is the same price around $1.00 for a gallon. The thing is I went to a store to get my first thing of water and it was expensive.


I then went to Walmart and found the right price. You might want to check around if the price is your problem.

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