Can You Put Soap In A Humidifier?

Humidifiers have become pretty important now as it has been helping people fix the extra dryness that air pollution has led to. People often look for ways to use different kinds of essential oils, perfumes, and other scents with their humidifiers so that their room smells nice as well.

However, you may not always have a humidifier scent at your disposal. In these cases, people often resort to putting soap in their humidifiers. But should you do that?

In this article, we’ll discuss whether you can put soap in a humidifier or not. So, stick with us till the end!

Can I Put Soap in My Humidifier?

No, you should not put soap in your humidifier. It is recommended not to use any detergent to make the air of your humidifier smell smoother. The chemical bonds of soap or detergent are harmful to your body.

As you smell the particles, it can cause severe damage to your sinuses and lungs. More importantly, adding soap water in a humidifier does not significantly change the air’s smell. My advice on this topic is to use humidifier scents and other substances approved by the humidifier manufacturer.

Can You Use Soap To Clean a Humidifier?

Yes, you can use soap to clean a humidifier.

Soap and brush are the “in-your-corner” tools you can use to clean your humidifier. Using soap to clean the humidifier is okay unless the soap you’re using has harsh chemicals, and the manufacturers recommend not using them.

Your best bet for being on the safe side is to check the manual that comes with the humidifier. There should be a list of things you can use to clean your humidifier. If not, you’ll at least see a list of things you should strictly avoid using around your humidifier.

You can also use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning your humidifier, but they can be a little complicated to use.  Your other cleaning options are bleach and similar cleaning products. But you’ll have to be extra careful if you’re using those. Because the chemicals used in them can be harmful to your respiratory system if the humidifier is not rinsed properly.

The same goes for soap too. Ensure you rinse the humidifier properly after using it to avoid health concerns.

Will Putting Soap in a Humidifier Improve Air Quality in the Room?

No, putting soap in a humidifier won’t improve the air quality of your house.

Soaps are just a tool for cleaning your humidifier. They can’t improve the air quality in your house because they don’t have the necessary chemicals and components. All putting soap in your humidifier will do is increase the risk of respiratory issues.

Because soaps are basic in nature (not the human basic, the chemical and “opposite-of-acid” basic), they carry strong chemicals. These chemicals get released into the air will ruin the air quality and definitely won’t improve it.

So if you’re thinking of putting soap in your humidifier to improve the air quality, please don’t.

Can You Run Soapy Water Through A Humidifier?

No, not for the humidifying process. If it is part of your cleaning process, you can run soapy water through it as long as you aren’t turning it on.

Using soapy water through the humidifier is the same as putting soap in it. Too much risk is involved for your respiratory system and overall air quality. It can also be harmful to children, elderly people, and animals.

If you’re using soapy water for cleaning, only use it for external purposes. Don’t put it anywhere near the filter. Definitely don’t turn the appliance on for a test cycle.


So, those of you who were asking if you can put soap in a humidifier should know by now that you can’t.

In fact, there’s actually no point in putting soap in a humidifier. It won’t improve the air quality, but it’ll only lead to health issues for the people around it. However, you can use soap and water to clean the humidifier. I suggest using dish soap and I am planning to write an article about cleaning your humidifier with dish soap.

Hopefully, this will help you maintain your humidifier better and also avoid any hazards that may degrade your health.

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