The water container in a vaporizer is continuously exposed to moisture and warmth as it emits moisture into the air. After the vaporizer is turned off, any water left inside also contributes to conditions perfect for mold development. Left unattended, one mold spore can quickly grow into a colony that leaves your vaporizer in an unhealthy, stained condition with a musty mold smell. Effectively cleaning mold from the water container is essential to restoring the vaporizer to proper working condition and to preventing the mold spores from posing a health hazard.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber gloves
- 3-percent hydrogen peroxide
- Scrub brush
- Cleaning cloths
Place rubber gloves on your hands to protect them from direct contact with mold spores.
Empty the vaporizer of any water still inside the water container. Set the container in a sunny location for a few hours to allow it to dry out completely. Doing so also kills the mold spores before you remove them.
Fill a small bowl with 3-percent hydrogen peroxide. Soak a scrub brush in the peroxide and scrub the inside and outside of the water container. Rinse the scrub brush frequently to remove mold spores and stains before continuing to scrub the surface.
Rinse the water container thoroughly to wash away mold spores and stains. Treat any remaining mold stains with a cloth dampened with bleach. Wipe the bleach over the mold to remove the stain then allow the container to air-dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Empty and rinse the water container between uses and allow to dry.
- Clean the water container every few days to prevent mold as well as other stains.
- Neither hydrogen peroxide or bleach require rinsing as both will dissipate once dry.
- Detergent or disinfectant kills mold and removes stains but most be rinsed thoroughly to avoid soapy residue inside the vaporizer.
- Photo Credit George Doyle/Valueline/Getty Images Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images
How to Remove Mold on Drywall
Whether it's in a corner of the basement, on the closet ceiling or on a stack of loose sheets in the garage,...
How to Clean a Nebulizer
When you are having trouble breathing and need to use your nebulizer for treatment, it's not the time to discover that the...
How to Clean Vicks Vaporizer Condensation Stains on Walls
The overuse of a Vicks Vaporizer can lead to excess humidity and condensation stains on walls. This is a danger because over...
How to Kill Mold Spores With UV Light
Mold is a serious problem in homes that are exposed to water or other factors that aid the growth of molds and...
How to Kill Mold Spores
Mold spores are the reproductive offspring of molds. They cause allergic reactions in some people and simply killing them is insufficient to...
How to Clean a Mildew Smell From a Washing Machine
It is common for a mildew smell to come from a washer. Whether you have a front-loading or top-loading washer, the musty...
How to Clean Moldy Plastic Food Containers
It is easy to forget and leave food in a container, and most foods get moldy very quickly--even if refrigerated. If you...
How to Clean the Inside of a Vaporizer
A vaporizer produces a hot to warm mist that adds moisture the air. Used widely to help dry sinuses, scratchy throat and...