How to Clean a Frida Humidifier? A Step-by-Step Approach

I purchased a Frida Baby 3-in-1 Humidifier, and after testing it, my nephew moved it into his room. He enjoys sleeping with it, especially on winter nights. However, after some time, an unpleasant odor began emanating from it, indicating that it was due for a cleaning.

I’ve instructed him on how to properly clean the Frida humidifier, and I’d like to document the process here. This way, you can follow my steps and effectively clean your Frida humidifier as well.

Don’t worry. It is easy peasy!

How long it will take to clean a Frida humidifier?

Cleaning a Frida humidifier doesn’t vary significantly from cleaning humidifiers made by other brands.

The entire procedure typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes. However, if you’re also looking to disinfect it, you should allocate a maximum of around 1 hour.

What to prepare


You’ll require water to flush out any dust, dirt, mineral buildup, as well as vinegar or bleach residues from the machine.

White vinegar

You will need to make a solution of water and vinegar to descale your Frida humidifier. 


This is for disinfecting your humidifier. It’s designed to efficiently eliminate pathogens and mold spores present in both the tank and the base.

A container

This is for mixing the water with vinegar or bleach.

A soft brush

Because the water tank cap is small, you need a relatively long brush to clean the interior of the water tank.

Two soft cloth

The soft cloth is meant for wiping away all the contaminants, and a dry soft cloth is also useful for swiftly drying the machine.

A pair of gloves

Ensure your safety by taking precautions when applying bleach to your Frida humidifier model.

Step 1: Carefully empty all the water from the machine.

The Frida Baby humidifier features a compact design and can only hold 0.5 gallons of water. This makes it easy to carry even if you have limited hand strength, allowing you to effortlessly take it to the sink and empty any remaining water.

It’s important to note that this water might contain impurities, bacteria, and mold, which you definitely wouldn’t want to utilize.

Exercise caution while performing this step, as water entering the circuitry in the base could potentially cause your Frida humidifier to stop working.

Step 2: Clean the nozzle and mist tube with fresh water.

clean the nozzle of frida humidifier

The nozzle is a susceptible area for gathering dirt and dust. When it becomes blocked, the mist flow from the machine gets disrupted. Additionally, these impurities can find their way into the mist tube connected to the nozzle. 

To address this, you can rinse the nozzle and mist tube under running water. This will help wash away the accumulated dirt and dust effectively.

Step 3: Clean the exterior of the humidifier.

clean the surface of frida humidifier

You can employ the same approach to clean the exterior of the water tank. However, exercise caution when it comes to the base.

Steer clear of using water on the base, as it has the potential to infiltrate the circuitry through the nightlight and control knob of your Frida model, potentially causing harm to the device. Instead, opt for a damp, soft cloth to delicately wipe away any dirt and grime. 

Step 4: Clean the interior of the water tank and the base.

clean water tank of frida humidifier

As you’re aware, this humidifier can also function as an oil diffuser. Additionally, its water tank cap is small, which can make cleaning the water tank a bit challenging.

My advice is to use a long and small soft brush to do it because it can reach all the nooks and crannies. 

When it comes to the base, particularly the transducer part, you have the option of using either a gentle cloth or the same soft brush to delicately eliminate any dirt or residue.

Step 5: Descale the Frida humidifier.

descale frida humidifier

If you frequently use your machine with tap water or essential oils, it’s likely that you’ll notice more buildup in the base or water tank.

For descaling purposes, you can create a solution by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water.

Next, pour the solution into the water tank and the base. Please be patient and let it sit for half an hour. 

Afterward, employ a soft brush to eliminate the residue. Rinse thoroughly with water until the vinegar scent dissipates.

Step 6: Disinfect the Frida humidifier.

disinfect frida humidifier

It’s advisable to disinfect your machine at least once a month or before storing it. Although I didn’t come across specific instructions in the manual I get, I’ve found this practice valuable through my personal experience.

You can mix 1 teaspoon of bleach with a gallon of water and then pour this solution into the tank and the base. 


The Frida Baby humidifier is compact in size, requiring minimal effort for cleaning. Nonetheless, the small water tank cap and its compatibility with essential oils can make this task slightly more challenging than initially anticipated.

When cleaning a Frida humidifier, be cautious to prevent water from reaching the base’s circuitry. Also, using a small brush with a long handle will help you reach the corners of the water tank more effectively.

Wishing you a happy cleaning time.

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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