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One of the best companies to turn to for your humidifier needs is Homedics. They have a range of wonderful humidifiers to cater to people’s varying needs. Once you get your new humidifier, though, you need to know how to use it. This is a crash course in how to use Homedics humidifier and the best ways to maintain it, so it lasts you years to come.

Before you plug in your unit and flip the switch, read our quick guide on Homedics humidifiers.

What Do Humidifiers Do?

Humidifiers use a heating element, ultrasonic technology, refrigerant coils to push water droplets into the air to raise the relative humidity in a given space. Humidifiers periodically spray a mist of water that remains in the air making it more humid.

Benefits of Humidifiers

Moisturizes Hair and Skin

When the air in your home is dry, it affects your body, especially your skin, hair, and nails. Your skin and scalp benefit from a moist environment so they can stay hydrated and luminous. When you spend too much time in a dry climate, your hair becomes more brittle in feeling, and your skin becomes rougher and maybe even ashy.

Many people that move from a humid climate to a dry climate struggle with this problem. Buying a humidifier to place in your home will work against the dry air, so your hair and skin can rejoice in the humidity.

Reduces Snoring

A common cause of nightly snoring is dry sinuses. When your air passage and sinuses are constantly exposed to dry air, they become stuffy and blocked. This often results in snoring when the individual drifts into a deep sleep.

If you or your partner are guilty of snoring loudly throughout the night, buying a humidifier for your bedroom can be an effective and simple solution.

Helps Those With Allergies

People that suffer from allergies, whether seasonal or year-round, can benefit from a Homedics humidifier. When the air is dry, it worsens allergies, causing coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, fever, and more.

To make your home more comfortable to be in, you can use a humidifier to adjust the relative humidity.

Prevent Viruses

There is evidence that humid air can stop the spread of the flu and other viruses that thrive in cold, dry weather. Dry air helps the flu spread from host to host, but when the air is moist, it doesn’t have as direct of a path, so is less likely to infect you.

Instructions for Homedics Humidifier 

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The Homedics humidifier is a breeze to operate. To get it set up, all you need to do is rinse it out, fill the water basin with pure water, plug the unit in and press the power button!

Humidifier Features

These are the noteworthy features available on ultrasonic Homdeics humidifiers.

Ultrasonic Technology

Ultrasonic technology is when a humidifier uses a vibrating plate to evaporate the water in the basin to create small droplets it then sprays out. Ultrasonic is the safest kind of humidifier because there is no heating element that could potentially burn someone.

Automatic Shut-off

When the water basin runs out of water, the unit will automatically shut off. This saves the humidifier from wear and tear and also saves you energy. A light will come on, on the unit, when the basin is empty, so you know it needs to be filled.


Homedics humidifiers feature nightlights, so you can easily navigate your way to the unit in the dark if you need to. It can also double as a comforting nightlight for a child. However, it can turn off if you find it undesirable.

Mist Control

The humidifier features a mist dial, so you can decide how much mist output you want from minimum to maximum. This gives the user more control over the relative humidity in the room, which is the whole point of a humidifier.

Daily Maintenance

These are the steps you should take to care of your Homedics humidifier every day:

  1. Unplug and turn off the unit.
  2. Remove the water tank and carry it with two hands.
  3. Dump out the water and rinse the tank 2-3 times in lukewarm water.
  4. Refill the tank with filtered or distilled water.
  5. Deposit any additives you may use in your water.
  6. Replace the water basin in the humidifier.
  7. Plug the unit in and turn the mister on, and that’s it!

Weekly Cleaning

To properly maintain your Homedics humidifier, it needs a thorough cleaning once a week. The steps to complete this cleaning are below:

  1. Unplug and turn off the unit.
  2. Bring the humidifier near a sink, likely in your kitchen, and dump out the water tank.
  3. Fill the water tank with a cleaning solution using lukewarm water and either bleach, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, or distilled white vinegar.
  4. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  5. Use the cleaning solution to wipe down the exterior of the unit where bacteria may be lurking.
  6. Rinse out the cleaning solution from the water tank and rinse out the basin.
  7. Allow everything to air dry for 1-3 hours.
  8. Refill the tank with pure water, replace the humidifier, plug it in, and turn it on.

Neglecting to perform this cleaning weekly may result in a malfunctioning humidifier or mold and bacteria in the unit.


Now, you have all the information you need to get rolling with your new humidifier. Save our guide, in case you ever need a refresher, and don’t forget to do your weekly and daily maintenance to ensure the Homedics humidifier stays in tip-top shape.

Humidifiers can intimidate people if they don’t understand how they work and how to operate them. But they are much simpler than you may realize and bring a whole new atmosphere of comfort and satisfaction to your home.


Can I add things to the humidifier water tank?

Yes! There are a few different things you can add to your humidifier water that can help keep the humidifier sanitized or add a pleasant aroma to your home. You can a bit of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to keep the tank clean, or you can add essential oils or lemon for a sweet-smelling home.

Which is the best Homedics humidifier?

Homedics has an excellent collection of home humidifiers to choose from. Some are small and portable; some can humidify a whole home; some self-sanitize, and so on. But in our opinion, the best Homedics humidifier overall is the Total Comfort Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. It’s safe, effective, and compact, ideal for most homes.