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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.

By Robin

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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?

By allen from Rochester, NY

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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.

By Don H.

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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.

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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.

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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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