How To Clean A Crane Humidifier? A Supreme Guide

Humidifiers are great for combating dryness. Having a humidifier at home can relieve an array of discomforts, such as sore throat, nasal congestion, and asthma.

Many people choose to buy Crane humidifiers since they are easy to operate and have an adorable appearance. However, like humidifiers from other brands, you have to commit to routine cleaning.

This post will show you how to clean a Crane humidifier exactly. Don’t worry! You can get it done effortlessly.

What do you need to clean a Crane humidifier?

To clean a crane humidifier, you only need to prepare a few basic items. They are as follows:

1. White vinegar. Rather than using specific humidifier cleansers, white vinegar can get the job done well.

2. Soft cloth. You can use it either to wipe the inside and outside of the reservoir and tank, or to quickly dry the device.

3. Some cotton swabs to clean the transducer and other small parts.

4. Soft brush. If the opening of the water inlet is small, you can use a soft brush to give the inside the scour.

How to clean a crane humidifier?

Once you gathered all your supplies you can start to clean your crane humidifier. Follow the step-by-step guide and you’re all set.

Step 1: Unplug your Crane humidifier

Humidifiers are electronics. To prevent potential electrical shocks, never clean your Crane humidifier while it is plugged in.

Please turn off the device, pull out the plug, and then move the machine to somewhere near the sink. Otherwise, you have to prepare a plastic basin to catch the water.

Step 2: Remove the tank 

clean crane humidifier water tank

Some Crane humidifiers, like my unicorn one, have an animal nozzle. In this case, you need to remove the nozzle before turning the water tank upside down. 

The tank has a large cap on the bottom that can be opened by unscrewing it. Before adding any solutions, remember to drain the remaining water.

Step 3: Clean the tank

crane humidifier water tank

The water tank may contain mineral deposits and microorganisms, making it difficult to completely dislodge them with pure water. As a result, you can use white vinegar to dissolve the slime and kill the germs.

Fill the tank with 2 cups of distilled water. Afterward, gently put 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Replace the tank cap and vigorously shake the tank after adding the solution. It will aid in getting the solution to every corner of the tank.

You can use a soft brush to give the inside a good scour whenever you see any visible buildups. Next, allow the solution to sit for 20 minutes to a half hour before shaking it again.

Now it is time to open the tank cap and dump the solution. To take away all the waste and vinegar, rinse the tank with water a few times until the smell of vinegar dissipates.

Step 4: Clean the water level sensor cap and float

clean crane humidifier float

Most Crane humidifiers have an auto shut-off function by taking advantage of a water level sensor. To ensure this feature is functional, regular cleaning is required. 

You can disassemble it by lifting the sensor cap and taking out the float. Dampen a soft cloth in vinegar and water solution, then wipe down the two parts.

Step 5: Clean the base

clean crane humidifier transducer

Similar to cleaning the water tank, drain the water in the base and then add 2 cups of distilled water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into it. Likewise, let the solution sit for 20 minutes to half an hour to loosen the slime and scale. 

You should pay close attention to the diaphragm. When it is blocked, your humidifier will lose the ability to produce mist.

Empty the base, use a cotton swab dipped in water and vinegar to clean out the hard-to-remove impurities around the membrane and other nooks.

Step 6: Disinfect the machine

This is an optional step. If your Crane humidifier has been neglected for an extended period of time, disinfecting it after cleaning may be necessary.

Both bleach and vinegar are commonly used humidifier disinfectants. When sanitizing the humidifier with vinegar, fill the tank with two cups of clean water and two tablespoons of vinegar, replace the tank on the base, and let the solution sit for 30 minutes.

If you choose to use bleach, fill the water tank halfway with water, add 1/2 teaspoon bleach, replace the tank, and wait for half an hour. You have to wear goggles and gloves for safety considerations.

Rinse off the tank and base since the solution will damage the device and put you at risk when dispersing into the air.

Step 7: Clean the surface and dry off

Use a damp cloth to remove the stains and marks on the exterior, mist chamber, and lid. If you want the appliance to dry faster, use a dry cloth to wipe away the excess moisture.

When all of the parts are dry, you can put everything back.

Step 8: Store your Crane humidifier

Even though using a humidifier in summer is perfectly fine, many of us like to put the humidifier away after the heating season.

It is important to make sure every part is dry off since the humidifier can become the peri dish of mold spores and fungus because of the water.

Furthermore, storing it in a dry and cool place is also critical.

How often should you clean your Crane humidifier?

For daily maintenance, you should dump the remaining water and refill the tank with distilled water. Once a week or every three days, you have to clean your Crane humidifier. 

You may feel it is tedious, but it is a way to make sure you can the humidifier smoothly. It can also lower the likelihood of malfunction. 


If you have cleaned other humidifiers before, you will find cleaning a Crane humidifier is more or less the same. 

Following the instructions in the manuals or this guide, I believe you can keep your humidifier in a good state and prolong its lifespan

About The Author

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Liz Yang is the founder of Airsmartly. She has been working at home for a few years and realizes that the performance of the HVAC system plays such an important role in our life. She has tested dozens of products in person, like humidifiers, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and ACs, and wants to share tips about using or troubleshooting these products with you. Her uncle is an HVAC expert with over 30 years of experience in the field, and often offers assistance when she is unsure how to handle a situation. He is also in charge of reviewing the articles on this site.

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