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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:41 PM
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How do I keep my humidifier from becoming musty smelling?
Would a teaspooon of bleach in the water help, or is there something else?

I empty the basin and wash it out at each refill, but that doesnt help the blower motor part from smelling.

Any ideas?
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:42 PM
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1. When I bought the humidifier (it's a really big one)
there was this liquid they talked me into. I put one capful into each of the water containers and it prevents molds, etc.

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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:43 PM
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3. I will have to go look for that
thanks.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:42 PM
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2. off the top of my head I would think you wouldn't want bleach particles in the air
it's not a lot but still it would concern me (but I have asthma). How about a couple drops of essential oil -- lavender or mint perhaps?
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:44 PM
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4. Also a good idea
I wonder if I can find a scented oil or something that will prevent the smell and any mold build up.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 04:15 PM
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17. tea tree oil is antibacterial
I personally don't care for the scent but my sisters both like it a lot
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 06:48 PM
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19. Thanks for the tip
I will check it out and see what I think.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:50 PM
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5. The manufacturers of mine recommend cleaning with.........
a mix of white vinegar and water. It should kill the odors and get rid of any hard-water scaling. YMMV.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:54 PM
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6. Thanks
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:30 PM
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10. i was going to suggest a bit of vinegar also n/t
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 02:48 PM
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7. Iodine is another good choice
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:17 PM
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8. Interesting
never thought of that.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:26 PM
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9. bleach or vinegar, then rinse really really well
do it regularly and it should stop the musty smell.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:33 PM
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11. Vinegar
White vinegar.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:35 PM
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12. Minnesota needs to be more humid?
Do you keep the humidifier next to the mosquito dispenser, by chance? ;)
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:40 PM
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13. LOL
yeah, in the winter, indoors, it does need to be more humid.

If I ever see a mosquito dispenser, I am going extra postal on someone...
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:50 PM
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14. It appears that there is a consensus on White Vinegar
So I guess I will go with that.

Thanks everyone.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:50 PM
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15. Yeah, the Reply All feature sucks
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:52 PM
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16. I see you are on a mission today
:rofl:
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 05:59 PM
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18. Tell Musty to stop lounging on the humidifier!

Sheesh! :eyes:
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 06:48 PM
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20. HA
I will do that.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:44 PM
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21. Put single-malt Scotch in it.
Glenlivet works nicely.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:58 PM
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22. That would get quite expensive
pretty fast, dont you think?
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:01 PM
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23. Yes, but think how nice it would smell.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:02 PM
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24. As a bonus
if I drink it, I wont be conscious to care about the musty smell...
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:06 PM
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25. Shower more often
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:08 PM
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26. ...
why do you bother? Your snark sucks.
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:16 PM
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27. Us younguns just don't know when to quit.
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RadiationTherapy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:26 PM
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28. Baking soda
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 09:19 PM
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29. What do I do with it?
mix it in the water?

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RadiationTherapy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 10:22 AM
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31. Mix it in the water, but it will precipitate a bit on the electrolysis plate.
Otherwise, just clean with a thick paste; baking soda kills almost all odors.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 09:39 PM
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30. what quantity of water?
a few drops of bleach won't hurt anything and you won't need to do it every fill.
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