How to Clean a Vicks Humidifier

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Cleaning a Vicks humidifier is fairly easy and should be done daily. You'll also need to do a more in-depth cleaning once a week as long as you are using the humidifier. Because there are several different models of Vicks humidifiers, you may find information below that doesn't apply to your humidifier. If so, please skip it. While the principles of cleaning the humidifiers stays the same, the parts will differ.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Rags or paper towels

Daily Maintenance

  • Turn off the humidifier and/or unplug the cord.

  • Wait for the water to drain from the motor housing, if necessary.

  • Remove the tank, fan housing, wick and/or top from the humidifier.

  • Dump out any remaining water.

  • Wipe the base clean with a paper towel or cloth.

  • Reassemble the humidifier.

Weekly Maintenance

  • Turn off the humidifier and/or unplug the cord.

  • Empty the water from the base.

  • If the humidifier has a wick, reassemble the humidifier and turn it on until the wick is dry.

  • If the humidifier has a pickup tube, remove it from the housing by rotating it toward the "Off" arrow.

  • Loosen the screws from the motor housing and remove the protective cover, if the humidifier has one.

  • Pour white vinegar into the base and let it sit for 5 minutes. Put the pickup tube into in the base as well.

  • Dump out the vinegar and rinse both the base and the pickup tube.

  • Pour about 1/3 to 1 tsp. bleach and water into the base.

  • Let the bleach solution sit for 20 minutes.

  • Dump out the bleach water. Rinse well.

  • Use a towel to wipe the humidifier dry and wipe off the outside of the humidifier.

  • Reattach the pickup tube and/or protective cover and replace the wick, if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • The fan housing should not be immersed or cleaned with water.

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