My humidifiers keep developing a brown muddle. How do I keep them clean?
I've been living in a very dry apartment for a while now, and acquired two different humidifiers that seem to help a lot. They're both cold water humidifiers - one's a wick humidifier, kind of like this one
. The other
uses some fancy rotating disks.
My water is apparently dirty, or contains iron bacteria, or something: both humidifiers get dirty constantly
, accumulating this brown to reddish slurry. I could go through a wick in about a month, after all the dust and brown scum one accumulates.
The other humidifier uses an ionic silver stick that's supposed to keep the water clean, but to no avail.
My question: Do I need to put filtered water in these things? How can I keep the water clean without going through a hundred filters, wicks, or ionic silver sticks a month?