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How to Properly Clean Your Pure Enrichment Humidifier? A Step-by-Step Guide

Pure Enrichment offers a series of great humidifiers. These models are affordable and beautiful. However, as someone who has tested dozens of humidifiers, I must say that Pure Enrichment humidifiers are not the easiest to clean.

Therefore, I have decided to write this post to guide you on how to properly and easily clean a Pure Enrichment humidifier.

Step1: Gather your supplies

prepare to clean pure enrichment humidifier

Because Pure Enrichment humidifiers often come with a small water tank opening and a unique water tank shape, they will require more tools to clean. Let’s take a look at what you need to prepare.

Water: You will need plenty of water to rinse the components of your humidifier.

A small brush: You will find a small brush in the package. If you’ve misplaced it, simply find a similar one. This brush will be used to clean the disk, as well as the nooks and crannies in the base.

A test tube brush: This is for cleaning the water tank. This type of brush has a long handle, long bristles, and can be bent, allowing you to effectively remove grime and buildup from the corners.

Two soft cloths: You can use them to wipe away the dust and dirt on the surface and to quickly dry the components.

Vinegar: You will use it to descale your machine. You may find a lot of mineral deposits in the tank or base.

Bleach: This is for disinfection purposes. You should do this every one or two months.

Step 2: Emptying the Base and Water Tank After Unplugging.

Never clean your humidifier while it is plugged in. Doing so can cause harm to you or damage your machine.

After unplugging it, pour all the water from the tank and the base into a nearby sink. Since most Pure Enrichment humidifiers don’t come with many small components, there’s no need to disassemble them.

Step 3: Rinse the water tank and the interior of the base. 

rinse water tank pure enrichment

Depending on how frequently you clean it, it might be filled with dirt and grime. Place the tank under running water and thoroughly rinse it to remove most of the easily removable impurities.

However, you can’t do the same with the base, as the motor housing is located at the bottom. Only rinse the interior of the base where the diaphragm is located.

Step 4: Wipe down the dirt and dust on the outer surface of your Pure Enrichment humidifier.

wipe down pure enrichment purifier

I understand that over time, the outer surface of the base might become dirty. While water isn’t suitable for cleaning it, you can use a slightly damp soft cloth (avoid making it too damp) to wipe away the stains.

You might also observe dirt and dust gathering around the air inlet located on the base’s bottom. You can employ a small brush or a cotton swab to clean it.

One crucial point to remember is to prevent water from entering the motor housing through crevices around buttons or the air inlet.

Step 5: Descale the water tank. 

Now that you’ve removed all the impurities that can be dealt with using water, let the vinegar work its magic.

Create a solution by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water, then pour the mixture into the water tank. Shake the water tank thoroughly and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.

After that time, the scale should have loosened up and you can empty the tank. Now, because the water tank opening is on the smaller side, grab that trusty test tube brush and really give the tank a good scrub.

clean the tank pure enrichment purifier

Because the water tank has a unique shape, you should be patient, especially when cleaning the bottom of the tank.

Step 6: Descale the base.

descale the base of pure enrichment humidifier

Cleaning the base of Pure Enrichment humidifiers is actually a lot simpler compared to the tank. Similarly, start by filling the base with vinegar and water solution.

While the instruction says that you should only wait for 5 minutes, I think 20 minutes or 30 minutes would be a better idea. But you can decide depending on how dirty the base is. 

Following that, you can use the small brush provided in the package to gently remove the buildup in the disk and in other areas.

Step 7: Give the tank and base a thorough rinse, and then allow the base to dry.

dry out the tank pure enrichment humidifier

Although vinegar can be employed for cleaning the humidifier, it’s important to note that it should not be used while the humidifier is running. So you should rinse the tank and base until the vinegar smell dissipates.

Make sure to let the base dry thoroughly before its next use. This precaution is important in order to prevent any water that might accidentally enter the housing during the cleaning process from causing injury or problems.

Step 8: Disinfect the tank and base. (optional)

disinfect pure enrichment humidifier

If you’re aiming for that extra level of cleanliness with your Pure Enrichment unit, you can go ahead and use a bit of bleach to disinfect it.

Mix up around 1 gallon of water with just about 1 teaspoon of bleach. Pour this mixture into both the tank and the base, and then give it some time – about 30 minutes should do the trick.

When that’s done, give both the tank and the base a thorough rinse until that bleach smell is completely gone.

Step 9: Store your humidifier (optional)

You should give your humidifier a good cleaning before you put it away after the season. Make sure that every component is completely dry before you store it in a box, and keep the box in a cool and dry place.

How long it will take to clean a Pure Enrichment humidifier?

Considering you need to wait around 20 minutes for the vinegar to take effect, the entire cleaning process will likely take about half an hour.

If you want to disinfect your unit, then the whole process will take you about 1 hour. 

Sometimes, you may need more time to descale it depending on how dirty your unit is. 

Final Thoughts

Due to the small water tank opening and unique tank shape, cleaning certain models of Pure Enrichment humidifiers might not be as simple. Nevertheless, after experimenting with different tools, I’ve discovered that a test tube brush is an exceptionally useful tool for achieving effective cleaning.

Make sure to avoid water getting into the motor housing while cleaning. If you encounter stubborn buildup that’s hard to remove, consider allowing the vinegar to sit for a longer period.

I hope it helps.

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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 more than 150 products in person, including 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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