I have a small cool mist humidifier. It has a water tank and ejects a mist and does not have a filter or anything. It is "TaoTronics" brand in case anyone wants to find it.
I've noticed pink streaks accumulating where the mist ejects, and also where the water collects. This seems to be mold, and a lot of it.
I cleaned it thoroughly with water and vinegar and thought perhaps running it continuously would prevent mold from accumulating, but I was wrong. After a week of continuously running it 24/7, the mold returned.
How can I prevent mold from accumulating in this humidifier? The only options I see at this time are:
- Clean the humidifier weekly (huge hassle).
- Always run the humidifier with a mold-killing substance in the water (vinegar? chlorine? Would this be SAFE? Would it break humidifier?)
- Use distilled water (expensive and hassle).
How can I prevent this humidifier from getting moldy?