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Stop what you're doing and clean your moldy dehumidifier. Here's how

Dehumidifiers get gross fast. Follow these easy steps to clean yours in no time.

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Your dehumidifier is begging to be cleaned

This is GE's APEL70LW dehumidifier. We've been testing it out to see how well it pulls moisture from the air. 

It does a solid job, but that also means it's collecting a lot of dirt, mold and other gross stuff.  TL;DR: I need to clean it and I'm bringing you along with me.

Not every model is identical, so be sure to consult your product manual for specifics -- but click through to get the basics on dehumidifier cleaning dos and don'ts.

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Turn off your dehumidifier

Always make sure your appliance is powered off and unplugged before you start cleaning it.

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Clean the outside

Grab a dry cloth and wipe the outside. If it's looking especially dirty, you can dampen the cloth, but don't spray water on the dehumidifier. 

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The bucket

Mix liquid soap and water in the reservoir. Then scrub, rinse, and let it air dry before reinstalling it. 

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The air filter

Remove the air filter and wash it with soapy water. Let it sit out while it dries. 

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But wait, there's more

Grab a brush or vacuum attachment and clean out any remaining areas that could still use a clean-out. 

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The bucket filter

Remove the bucket filter (if your dehumidifier has one) and rinse it with warm water. Let it dry completely before you return it.  

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