How to Clean a Humidifier

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It’s that time of year again to bring the humidifier out of storage, give it a good cleaning and start using it!  With the cold weather here, it is causing many to suffer with respiratory and skin conditions.  Our trusty humidifier helps relieve itchy eyes, sore throat, and cracked skin by adding moisture to the dried out air. As beneficial as it is to use a humidifier, you must remember to properly clean and maintain it regularly, or it could potentially be detrimental to your health. If not cleaned regularly, bacteria and mold can grow in the tank, which then goes into the air through the mist. Keeping the humidifier tank clean is so important!

Here are some general instructions on cleaning a humidifier to keep it in great working condition:

  • After you have unplugged your unit, empty out the water from the tank.
  • Remove the filter from the humidifier and rinse it with cold water under your faucet. Never use any cleaning solutions as it can cause damage to the filter. You can gently rub your fingers over the filter to help loosen any debris that may be on it.  After thoroughly rinsing the filter, place on a towel to let any excess water drain off.  Replace the filter in the unit when thoroughly dry.
  • To clean the tank, pour in a good amount of undiluted white vinegar and swish it around, cleaning the entire tank area, and then let it sit for approximately 30 minutes. You can use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub any residue or buildup.  If you find that there are hard to clean areas, repeat this process again.  Make sure to move the solution all around the tank, coating the entire tank. After cleaning is complete, rinse the tank thoroughly.
  • Next you want to disinfect the humidifier. Fill the tank with water and add one teaspoon of bleach to every gallon of water.  Or if you prefer not to use bleach, you can use 3% hydrogen peroxide. Move the solution of your choice all around the tank, making sure to coat the entire tank, and then let it sit for approximately 30 minutes. After disinfecting has been completed, rinse the tank thoroughly.
  • The humidifier has now been cleaned and disinfected properly and is ready to add water into the tank.

When you are using your humidifier every day, you should be emptying and refilling it every day with clean distilled water.  Lastly, remember to clean and disinfect your humidifier at least once a week!

Please be sure to visit us at www.filtersfast.com and click on the Humidifiers category to find replacement filters for your humidifier.

The Back to College Buyer’s Guide

The month of August means it is back to college time! We want to help make sure you have some of the essentials that you will need to make college life easier. So, whether you are going back to college or attending for the first time, here are some cost-effective suggestions for your dorm room.

  1. Water Bottles: Why spend money on plastic water bottles throughout the year when a reusable water bottle is a one-time cost and more environmentally friendly? We offer a variety of water bottles from Brita, Kor, Klean Kanteen and Vapur.  At prices ranging from $5 to $20, these water bottles are not only reasonably priced , but manufactured with high quality materials.
  2. Air Purifiers: The need for purified air in your dorm room is important. Air purifiers such as the Holmes Mini Tower Air purifier will help keep the air you breathe fresh and free of allergens, for a low price of $50. Purchase the 3M Filtrete Ultra Quiet Air Purifier today and you will receive a free filter replacement.
  3. Humidifiers: For many college students, the winter season can be brutal with the cold and flu season. When this season hits, it is ideal to have a humidifier on hand. From the Crane humidifiers to the Vicks  Humidifiers, you can get a head start for only $50.
  4. Water Pitchers: Sometimes a water pitcher can be more practical to have on hand. From the Brita Space Saver Water Pitcher available for a low price of under $25 to the Dupont and Culligan pitchers available at under $20, you can get filtered water anytime right from your dorm room.
  5. Odor Eliminators: No one likes staying in a room with an unpleasant odor. This is why an odor eliminator should not be over looked. TrueAir offers great odor eliminators at low prices for around $20.
  6. 3M Command Hooks: Hang pictures, assignments and more in your dorm room without damaging the wall, with these easy to remove adhesive command hooks. Priced at around $5, you can get great value at a low cost.

Before heading off to college this year, make sure you have all of the essentials in place. With the right items, your dorm room can be a comfortable environment to live in.

Using Water to Fight off Psoriasis

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Over the years, water has shown to have its health benefits. In fact, drinking water regularly is one the healthiest things you can do. But did you know that water is also a way to help reduce the severity of Psoriasis? Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out incorrect signals that speed up the growth of skin cells. Oftentimes, you will have too many skin cells in one location, causing swelling, flaking and dryness. It can also be itchy, red, sore and very tender.

While there is no cure for Psoriasis, numerous studies suggest that drinking water is crucial in reducing the severity of it. Flushing toxins, healthier and hydrated skin are just a few of the reasons why drinking water is often recommended. Drinking at least 2 liters of water a day may dramatically reduce your Psoriasis. Other ways to help reduce it also include an improved diet consisting of green leafy vegetables.

One method that has worked in the past to reduce the severity of Psoriasis is through the use of Water Softeners. Water softeners are designed to remove calcium and magnesium, which can be very harmful, from your water supply. Hard water often results from a large presence of calcium and magnesium, and oftentimes is not ideal to use when dealing with Psoriasis. Below are great products that will remove the “hard water” from your home:

The Aries 10” Water Softening Filter Cartridge is manufactured to remove calcium and magnesium from your water. This water softening filter cartridge will help keep limescale and other harmful bacteria out of the water that you and your family use daily.

The Pentek Water Softening Resin Filter Cartridge provides a convenient and cost effective way to soften the water in your home at the exact point of need using FDA grade softener resin. The Pentek WS-20-BB uses cation exchange to reduce hardness and scale deposits in your water.

The Pentek 20” Water Filter Housing &WS20 Filter reduces the bad taste and odor in hard water by removing sediment, dirt, rust and other impurities from your drinking water.

The use of humidifiers to keep the skin moist is also suggested to lessen the severity of Psoriasis as well. With World Health Day approaching on April 7, the health benefits of water will certainly be mentioned. But remember, the health benefits of water will do no good to you if the water you consume is not fresh and pure. Make sure that your water is filtered to enjoy the health benefits of this natural resource.