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Lisa Says: “Use 50/50 on green oasis foam type humidifiers sparingly!”

I recently bought a bottle of 50/50 solution to use on the humidifiers for my office and home humidors. Both humidifiers are the green oasis floral foam type and work very well. After about a week, I noticed the humidity was going down, so I added more solution only to find this did nothing. Now, I’m supposed to know about this stuff, but when in doubt I turn to someone with a little more experience. In this case, my friend Lisa, who used to manage a local cigar store.

“Soaking an oasis floral foam humidifier in 50/50, especially if it has already been treated with distilled water, will CLOG the humidifier’s pores,” says Lisa.

YIKES! Should we have not told customers to use 50/50 in all their humidifiers?

“No. It really does help fight off bacteria and keep the humidor stable. The thing is, with the oasis foam humidifiers, you only need to use a few drops; no more than a teaspoon, about 3 times a year, if even that. Or, if you do want to use it more often, cut it down to 80% 50/50, 20% distilled water or even 90/10. This thinner mixture is also recommended for that little teaspoon, too. The IDEAL use for ‘full-strength’ 50/50 would be the Paradigm wick-type humidifiers, Cigar Oasis brand electronic humidifiers, well-type humidifiers, etc.; anything other than green oasis foam, unless you dilute it.”

So how do you undo the 50/50 overkill? I opened up my humidifier, removed the green oasis foam and soaked it thoroughly in distilled water for 5 minutes and repeatedly rinsed it with distilled water. If you can’t open yours, vigorous shaking under distilled water may do the trick. Now my humidor is holding at a steady 68%-69%, which is where I like it. WHEW! That was a close one! – G.K.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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