How to Get Rid of Mold in a Humidor
A humidor is a great way to keep your cigars safe from the elements until they can be enjoyed. A humidor is generally a small box that holds and preserves up to as many as 100 cigars at one time depending on the size. Proper care of a humidor is imperative to prevent mold from getting in and forming on not only the box, but the cigars as well. If mold does find its way in, though, it's easy to get it out, following these steps.
Remove all of the cigars from the humidor and set them in a safe cool dry place.
Remove the humidifying element or sponge, whichever is used so that the box is completely empty.
Pour denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol onto a soft clean cloth and wipe the inside of the humidor thoroughly to remove any and all traces of mold. Apply more alcohol to the cloth as needed.
Set the box aside to dry, making sure it is left open to air out.
Inspect all of the cigars to ensure there is no mold on them. If any are found to be moldy, separate them from the rest of the cigars.
Rinse the sponge in distilled water to clean it or use a soft clean cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol to wipe down the humidifying element.
Reassemble all of the components of the humidor once it is dry.
- Keep the humidor below 73 degrees to help prevent mold in the future. Ideal conditions are 70% humidity and 70 degrees.
- Store your humidor in a cool dry place and never in direct sunlight.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.