October 7

The Humidifier That Is Easy To Clean

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Look no further. You need a humidifier that is easy to clean.

We found one.

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Just Want The Humidifier? The new version is available on Amazon here.

Here’s how the humidifier situation used to go down in my house:

Someone comes down with a cold and you know it’s gonna be a bad one. So you dig out your trusty, old humidifier – only to find it’s cracked. Or smells funny. Or it has enough greenish-black mold and mildew in the tank to grow a swamp.

Just imagine what’s growing in the bowels of that humidifier, in all those parts you can’t get to. If you can’t picture it, try cutting up a rubber ducky to see what hangs out in moist environments. Ew, gross. (You can trash that the duck now.)

The solution seems simple. A quick click on Amazon or a trip to your big-box retailer solves the problem. For $30-60 you’ve got yourself a brand-spankin’ new humidifier.

You’ve also bought yourself a mold-making machine.

The Problem With Cheap Humidifiers

Vick’s, Crane, Safety 1st, or a generic store brand are the typical baby humidifier options you’ll come across. And they should solve the problems of dry air, congestion just like they promise. Right?

Wrong.

Don’t click or pay just yet.

The Solution Is A Humidifier That Is Easy To Clean

Now if I know you, you’ve already read about the dangers of warm-mist humidifiers. You know all about the importance of cleaning the tanks and innards properly to cut down on mold and other nasty gunk production inside of your humidifier.

The goal of a humidifier is to soothe people – not spread disease.

The Biggest Problem

You can’t clean every piece of most humidifiers. It’s impossible.

We’ve tried.

Sure, you can run water and vinegar through them, but that doesn’t solve the buildup problem. Think about the grout around your shower or tub. They’re humid places with lots of steam, like humidifiers. If you don’t give them a good scrub every once in awhile, gross stuff starts to build up.

Like mold.

Splashing vinegar in the corners of your shower won’t solve the problem and it won’t clean a humidifier properly, either. Only scrubbing will clean your shower.

And your shower has whole lot more airflow than the typical humidifier.

Baby Humidifier Buying a Safe, Healthy One

Do You Even Need A Humidifier?

There’s another problem. It’s debatable whether or not you even need a humidifier. (Hey, this is Lies About Parenting. We’re dedicated to being honest.)

Research suggests that a baby humidifier will NOT help baby (or you) get over your cold or illness any faster. Doctors and medical experts say there is no marked improvement in cold duration when using a humidifier.

Okay, fine. We agree with the science. But… if you know what it feels like to wake up with a parched throat and a tongue that feels like the Sahara Desert, then you know you want a humidifier that is easy to clean around the house.

Soothing can be just as helpful as curing.

So, Which Humidifier Is Easy To Clean?

I’ve used every kind of baby humidifier on the market and it wasn’t until 2015 that I found THE ONE.

I tried the others. We had a couple of Cranes, I borrowed a Vick’s, we hijacked a friend’s cute frog-shaped Crane. The frog had me at hello. But the cracked plastic and blackish stuff growing in it had me saying goodbye!

Not into a tankless humidifier? We get it. It’s not for everyone. Here are our top picks of easy to clean cool mist humidifiers that have tanks:



The research began. My daughter came down with a nasty upper respiratory infection, and I was desperate. An Amazon Prime member, I knew I could get a baby humidifier delivered within a day or two and spend a lot less than a quick trip to Walgreens, Walmart, or Target would cost me.

October 7, 2019 update: I’m loving the newest version of the Miro! While this review is for the original Miro CleanPot, which has been discontinued, I’m liking their new version even more (it’s prettier, too!). Find it on Amazon here.


Enter the Miro CleanPot Cool-Mist Humidifier and Aroma Oil Diffuser. The modern, kick-ass design is what caught my eye.

Just look at this thing!

I’ll admit it. I like pretty things.

But it just gets better. Not only is it cool to look at, this amazing contraption comes apart completely, allowing you to clean every single part of the baby humidifier.

It’s ultrasonic, cool air mist, and you can use oils with it.

The downside? Well, it used to be the price… but not anymore.
Due to a few bad reviews among the excellent ones (keep reading this post, because I’m one of the bad reviewers originally).

The year before, I spent almost $90 on baby humidifiers. One cracked and one molded. This one, at around $139, would pay for itself in 18 months.

Bonus: I’m not pumping mold into our bedroom anymore.

Gasp! I know. I spent $139 on a humidifier. One that I’ll be able to use for years, with no risk of infection or disease if I clean it.

But it’s awesome that’s there’s no gross mold, mildew, or buildup in the water tank or around parts I can’t access.

How does the Miro CleanPot manage to stay clean?

It has no tank.

Also known as a tankless humidifier. Due to some bad reviews on Amazon, it’s also a REALLY GOOD BUY. Unfortunately, people didn’t pay attention to the assembly instructions.

A baby humidifier that is ultrasonic, tankless, and 100% cleanable?

Sold.

The Downside To A Humidifier That Is Easy To Clean

I’ve found is you have to be careful of the ultrasonic bit and the pieces must be put together properly to function. It’s easy to use, but user error had me filing a complaint a few weeks after purchase. I put it together, turned it on, cranked the dial-up and – nothing.

No mist, no aromatherapy, no soothing sensation.

I was MAD after spending over $100! Turns out I (and a lot of other reviewers on Amazon) should have paid more attention to reassembling the humidifier that is easy to clean.

I contacted Miro’s support team, and within 72 hours had a new ultrasonic part on my doorstep (with a free aromatherapy oil thrown in for my “patience”).

It gets better. Turns out the part was never broken… my partner put it together the next time, and it turns out I had the ultrasonic thingy off balance. That’s why it wasn’t making mist or vapor.

User Error Is Pretty Common With a Miro Clean Pot

The Miro is a user-friendly humidifier that is easy to clean, once you get the hang of it. The customer service was of the highest quality. Miro’s aroma oils are fantastic and it only takes 2 drops to scent an entire room.

The learning curve is simple if you watch the quick video and make sure the ultrasonic thingy is properly inserted.

And it looks freaking awesome.

[Note for people who don't pay attention: This is a bowl of water with a humidifier floating in it. Do not put the bowl too close to your child. Geez.]

I’m sold. You can order the Miro Luma on Amazon through this link or below.

If you have Amazon Prime, you can always send it back if you don’t like it. But I guarantee you will. It’s amazing.

With the discounted price, the Miro Clean Pot is a humidifier that is easy to clean and easy to use. Looking at the reviews, I saw a lot of bad ones, but when reading the bad reviews, it seems like a lot of people aren’t taking the time to figure out how the Miro humidifier works.

Give it a try. It’s inexpensive and the best humidifier that is easy to clean.

The best prices I’ve found for the Miro Clean Pot are on Amazon.com. Let me know if you find a better price in the comments! Thanks.

I was not compensated in any way for this review, by the way. All opinions are my own.

Get the next gen Miro CleanPot on Amazon today. (The old one is no longer available.)


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  1. I found this researching humidifiers on doctor’s instructions because of my allergies. My search criteria included “easiest to clean” because past models got very gross very quickly even with cleaning them per their instructions. I had never heard of this tankless type before I found this – I am very grateful for this information.

    1. Hi, Rosemarie! I think the $349 price tag is for the larger, commercial grade one. If you click the link at the top of the pages, it should be less than $150. We’ve had ours for years now and love it.

  2. Thank you for doing this. Humidifiers are the bane of my existence. You mentioned you clean it everyday. What is involved in the daily cleaning? Even when I have been good with the humidifiers I have had (rinsing daily before work and letting them dry), I’d still see some mold after time. I don’t have a ton of time in the morning, so I am just curious.

    1. Hi, Josh! I certainly understand the no-time issue 🙂 I try to take mine apart and clean it with warm, soapy water as often as possible, but… I would say I regularly clean it on a weekly basis. You can start to see when it’s past time to clean it, as a pale pink scum will start to appear. Gross, but they all do it (you just can’t see it with most humidifiers…one more reason I love the Miro).

      Your best bet, I think, would be what we do pretty often: Empty it in the morning and let it dry out during the day, while everyone is out of the house. Wash it well when you remember (I keep a baby bottle brush in the kitchen for those harder to reach places).

      I refill and restart (cleaning if necessary) when we’re all home in the evening. Seems to work for us… and is the quickest solution I’ve discovered so far. Plus, I should be changing the water daily anyway.

      Hope this helps!
      Ashley

  3. Hi, Ashley- HELP!!! Why is this humidifier not available anywhere? My house is dry, we are all coughing and I can’t stand humidifiers that can’t be cleaned. Even the one you listed as an alternative to the Miro cannot be cleaned other than sloshing with vinegar. What is a momma to do?

    1. It appears they have discontinued it! I am SO SAD, Mehnaz. If you head back to the top of the article you will see some alternatives I recommend. Such a bummer.

  4. I am completely sold on this humidifier and want to buy two of them! However, I am having trouble finding it. Bed Bath and Beyond looks to have discontinued it.

  5. I’ve been looking into getting one of these as I’m concerned about the amount of mold and buildup with my current humidifier. This one looks to be a great solution and I’ll probably buy it next month. I’ve been wondering if anyone with cats has had a problem with the cat drinking the water? I’ve been thinking that if my cat tries it, I could maybe put some saran wrap over the water, but then I haven’t seen the product in person yet, just watch a couple of videos on YouTube.

    1. Hi, Sharlie! This humidifier certainly does prevent mold! I’ll even gently scrub the insides with a soft-bristled toothbrush to make sure there’s not build up. I have never heard about an issue with cats…but I’m not a cat owner. You could probably stretch saran-wrap over the top and cut a hole for the top. Or maybe one of those stretchy bowl covers that are like reusable wrap? Once you cut the whole, it should last for a good long while. Hate to see you messing with Saran-wrap every day. Let me know what you decide!

      1. Just cleaned my Miro Luma Touch for the first time and it was truly a joy to be able to really clean a humidifier. I just put it together not quite two weeks ago and wanted to take it apart, clean it and put it back together just because. It was so easy. I bought the new model that has a ‘hat’ or something of a lid so I really don’t have to worry so much about my cat getting her hair in it and definitely don’t have to worry about her trying to drink from it. So all problems solved! I started to put my old humidifier up in my apartment complex community room on the giveaway table but decided to just throw it out. I live in a complex with senior citizens and I didn’t want to pass that mold on to someone else who probably wouldn’t pay attention to the buildup as I did and take a Q-tip to cleaning out all of the crevices that I could reach. And heaven forbid to think about the areas that couldn’t be reached. I haven’t had the Miro long enough to make any final judgment but thus far, I’m really pleased with it. I’m so glad I found your website to get educated about the Miro. Thanks again!

        1. Sharlie, thanks so much for updating us about your purchase! I’m so glad you’re happy with the Miro — it’s made such a difference for us, too. Happy humidifying! 🙂

  6. Links have been updated to the Miro Luma. From what I’m seeing of the reviews, it’s still the same user error concerns. If you don’t put it together properly and get the right amount of steam, then you can see moisture collecting around the unit. I’ve never had this problem, but I always put a clean kitchen or hand towel on the table where I set ANY humidifier — wood and water do not mix! 🙂 I can’t wait to update this post with fresh pictures, but in the meantime, Miro still tops our list!

    Ashley

  7. Hi! Your link to the Miro is broken; unfortunately, they have a newer model that is $169 on Amazon… you’ve convinced me to try it for my 5 month old, though. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Courtney, thanks for the heads up!!! I’ll get it changed ASAP. Really appreciate you letting me know. I’m a year into using the Miro and I love it. Once you get used to setup, it’s a breeze. If you have any questions, let me know. Good luck!
      Ashley

  8. FINALLY I’ve found someone that addresses the fact that you can’t really clean most humidifiers. I’ve searched and searched and haven’t found one yet (until now). THANK YOU!! It’s amazing how so many companies can sell these (at such high prices, too!) and not make them easy to clean.

    1. EB, thanks for noticing! 🙂 We’ve been really happy with the Miro and I feel like, as far as humidifiers go, it’s the easiest one to clean. Truly clean, not half ass clean. If you know of any others, please let me know in the comments!
      Ash

  9. Nice write up – I’m going to check it out. One comment is low humidity dries our mucous membranes and inhibits our body’s natural defense against airborne viruses, like influenza and the common cold. Just like skin cracks when dry the insides also develop dryness cracks where viruses can enter the body – that’s my understanding. So humidifiers will help prevent someone getting sick.

    1. Hi, Jessica! I use my Miro for night time humidity and helping with colds and illnesses, so I clean it every morning that I use it. I let it dry during the day and put fresh water in at night (which you’re supposed to do with every humidifier anyway, though we often don’t). The ability to take the whole thing apart and ensure it’s clean is the best feature, for me. Hope this helps!

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