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Poll: Distilled or Not Distilled?
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Distilled-Empty and Refill
24.00%
6 24.00%
Distilled-Just Add
44.00%
11 44.00%
Not Distilled-Empty and Refill
32.00%
8 32.00%
Not Distilled-Just Add
0%
0 0%
Total 25 vote(s) 100%
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How do you treat your humidifier?
#1
How do you treat your humidifier?
I use distilled water only, empty, let dry, and refill before going to bed. 
After five years, my humidifier looks like new and I am considering just adding as needed.
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#2
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
(10-21-2020, 11:08 AM)Rcgop Wrote: I use distilled water only, empty, let dry, and refill before going to bed. 
After five years, my humidifier looks like new and I am considering just adding as needed.

Well said!
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#3
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
Distilled for 2 days, empty, air dry, refill. Repeat.
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#4
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
I started out using distilled water, and kept at it for about 6 months or so. I got tired of having to make sure I had it on hand. 

I started using regular tap water and have been ever since. I empty the reservoir each & every morning, wipe it dry with tissue, and then allow it to further air dry before inserting it back into my machine. 

Once in a while, some mineral deposits will begin to accumulate. When that does happen, a bit of white vinegar takes care of that problem. No fuss.....no muss. 

It's now over two years old and still looks / functions like new. I have new reservoirs on hand, as my DME supplier keeps sending them to me. 

I don't see any need to replace my reservoir anytime soon.
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#5
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
Distilled, empty daily, refill.
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RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
New tap water daily, sometimes empty and dry, sometimes I forget. Occasional cleaning with hydrogen peroxide.
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#7
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
Mostly it's empty and refill when I used mine last. I did originally use distilled only, but decided the added step of purchasing at the store wasn't worth it.
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#8
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
Although we aren't financially strapped, I take the money I save from NOT buying distilled water, and use it for gas money for my m/c. 

Sometimes, I'll even use it for lunch while out and on a ride.  Big Grin
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#9
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
I bought a distiller off Amazon as I need it for my 2 humidifiers too. Works great, does a gallon every 4 hours.

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#10
RE: How do you treat your humidifier?
top off with distilled water for passive humidification when I think about it. run dry when I don't. wash the chamber maybe once in 2 months. I am congested with a runny nose for a couple hours every morning no matter what humidity & hose temp settings I've tried. no difference from when I used to wash everything every 3 days. I bought one new & 2 used machines in 4 years & have never replaced a chamber. one used one came with calcium deposits that I couldn't completely remove but it works same as the 'clean' ones. the only problem I've had is occasional whistling when the one bought new isn't seated just so.
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