How To Clean Crane Humidifier (Cleaning The Best Way!)

Last Updated on: 18th September 2023, 05:43 pm

If you’re like me, you love a good humidifier to keep your home cozy and comfortable. And let me tell you, Crane humidifiers are top-notch when adding moisture to your air. But here’s the thing: with great moisture comes great responsibility! 

You must ensure you’re cleaning that bad boy regularly, or else you’ll be breathing in all sorts of nasties. So, grab a cold one and pull up a chair because I will give you all the lowdown on how to clean a Crane humidifier the best way possible.

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A Quick Story About My Experience Cleaning A Crane Humidifier

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Let me tell you a little story about cleaning a Crane humidifier that’ll have you chuckling in no time. One time, my cousin Bubba called me up in a panic. He had a Crane humidifier that he’d been neglecting, and it was starting to emit some funky smells that were stinking up his whole trailer.

Now, Bubba’s not the brightest bulb in the box, but he’s got a heart of gold, so I decided to lend him a hand. I went to his place armed with a few cleaning supplies and worked on that ultrasonic humidifier.

Let me tell you, that thing was a mess. It was caked with mineral deposits, covered in grime, and had all sorts of funky gunk floating around in its reservoir. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me. I rolled up my sleeves, put on some gloves to use, and scrubbed.

After a good half-hour of elbow grease and colorful language (I won’t repeat here), that one Crane humidifier looked spick and span. Bubba was so grateful that he offered me a six-pack of PBR as a thanks. I told him he didn’t have to, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t crack one open right then and there.

What is the moral of the story? Pay attention to your mist humidifier, all folks! I know from experience!

All Models That This Process Applies To

Choosing A Cleaning Solution To Use (Vinegar Or Bleach? Pick One)

When choosing a cleaning solution for your trusty humidifier, you’ve got two main options: vinegar or bleach.

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Now, I know what some of you are thinking. “Bleach? Ain’t that stuff supposed to be used on clothes and toilets?” And sure, bleach can be a powerful cleaning agent, but you must use it cautiously. Too much bleach and you could damage your humidifier or even make yourself sick from the fumes.

On the other hand, vinegar is a more natural, eco-friendly option that’s been used for cleaning purposes for centuries. It has antimicrobial properties that can help kill off any bacteria or mold lurking in your humidifier’s reservoir.

Vinegar is generally a safe bet if you don’t see any specific recommendations. Just mix equal parts white vinegar and water (a vinegar-water ratio of 1:1), pour it into your humidifier’s reservoir, and let it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

But if your humidifier is especially dirty or has a lot of mineral buildup, consider using bleach. Just be sure to dilute it properly (about one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water) and rinse your humidifier thoroughly afterward.

And remember, whether you choose vinegar or bleach, always wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

How Do You Clean A Crane Humidifier & How To Disinfect And Sanitize

As with any appliance, regular maintenance is vital to keeping it running smoothly and efficiently. So, without further ado, let’s dive into how to clean and disinfect your Crane humidifier.

First off, you’ll want to gather your cleaning supplies. You’ll need the following:

  • Your humidifier
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Soft-bristled brush or toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth or sponge
  • Bleach (optional)

Now, let’s get to cleaning:

Unplug your humidifier and disassemble it. Remove the tank and any other removable humidifier parts, such as the cap, filter, and nozzle.

Fill the humidifier tank halfway with equal parts white vinegar and water. Swirl it around to ensure the solution covers all surfaces inside the tank.

Let the vinegar solution sit in the tank for about 30 minutes. This will help break down any mineral buildup and kill off any bacteria or mold that might be present.

While the tank is soaking, use the soft-bristled brush or toothbrush to gently scrub the removable parts with the vinegar solution, such as the cap, filter, and nozzle.

After 30 minutes, pour out the vinegar solution and rinse the tank thoroughly with water. Use a microfiber cloth or sponge to wipe down the tank’s exterior.

For extra sanitizing power, you can add a teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water and use this solution to rinse the tank and other removable parts. Just be sure to rinse everything thoroughly afterward.

Allow all parts to air dry completely before reassembling your Crane’s humidifier.

And there you have it, folks! This a simple yet effective way to clean and disinfect your Crane humidifier. Remember to do this regularly to keep your humidifier running smoothly and your air feeling cozy and comfortable. After you finish, fill the humidifier back up, and you are ready.

Cleaning The Filter

A crucial component of your Crane humidifier that helps trap impurities and keep your air clean and moist. But over time, that filter can become clogged with all sorts of nasties, reducing effectiveness and even producing funky smells. So, let’s talk about how to clean that filter like a pro.

If your filter is reusable, just run cool water over your humidifier filter and then soak it in a water and vinegar solution for 20 minutes. Rinse it thoroughly, and you’re done!

A Great Youtube Cleaning Video

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How Often Should You Clean Your Crane Humidifier?

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to clean your Crane humidifier at least once a week during winter when it’s getting the most use. This will help prevent bacteria or mold from building up and potentially getting into your air.

However, if you live in an area with hard water, you may need to clean your humidifier more frequently to remove any mineral buildup that can occur.

Additionally, suppose you notice any funky smells or changes in the quality of the mist emitted from your humidifier. In that case, it’s a good idea to clean it immediately, regardless of how long it’s been since your last cleaning.

And finally, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance. Some Crane humidifiers and other products may have specific cleaning recommendations, so read the manual thoroughly.


Are the humidifier parts dishwasher safe?

While some parts of your Crane humidifier may be dishwasher safe, putting them in the dishwasher is generally not recommended. The high heat and harsh detergents used in dishwashers can damage some of the parts of your humidifier, such as the motor, the electrical components, and the plastic parts.

Does this cleaning method help with getting rid of black mold?

Yes. Cleaning your Crane humidifier regularly can help prevent the growth of black mold by removing any potential sources of contamination before they have a chance to grow.

Does this cleaning method help with getting rid of mineral deposits?

Yes, cleaning your Crane humidifier with vinegar can help to remove mineral deposits that can accumulate in the water tank over time. Vinegar is an acidic solution that can dissolve mineral buildup and loosen it from the surfaces of your humidifier.


Regular cleaning and maintenance are vital to ensuring that your humidifier stays in good working condition and continues to provide you with the moisturized air you love. And remember, whether you choose to clean with vinegar or bleach, always work in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves to protect yourself. You’ll love your humidifier clean!

So, grab your cleaning supplies and get to work, folks! Your Crane humidifier (and your lungs) will thank you for it. And if you ever find yourself in need of some expert advice, don’t hesitate to call on your friendly neighborhood HVAC pro. We’ll help you keep your humidifier in tip-top shape.