Basically, bleach vapors have gotten into my dehumidifier after I used clorox "tilex" All Purpose Cleaner With Bleach for mold control in the kitchen sink. Now the dehumidifier is blowing bleach vapor into the air, which irritates my throat and causes me sleep apnea which is extremely frustrating. Last time, this happened with the AC, and continued until I replaced the unit. How can I avoid needing to replace the unit whenever this happens? While I am sometimes successful at properly scrubbing all the bleach out of the sink after treatment, sometimes residue remains and it is activated whenever I use the sink.
The simple answer is: water and / or alcohol. However, if you do not know what you are doing, you risk ruining the unit - as well as creating fire, electrocution and other hazards.
My best advice: take the unit to an electrical service. They have the tools, substances, experience and knowledge to deal with the problem. It should not cost a fortune, I assume.
Chlorine vapors can be dangerous to the health. Have the unit cleaned a.s.a.p. to avoid problems.
Do not repeat the mistake :)