How Do I Clean a Vicks Vaporizer Element?


The element for your Vicks vaporizer is the entire steam unit that you insert into the Vicks canister. The element is sealed, but the unit requires cleaning on a weekly basis. During use, the heating element turns some of the unused steam into black particles that cover the inside of the element housing. Cleaning a Vicks vaporizer element regularly keeps the unit running at peak efficiency.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Container
  • White vinegar
  • Unplug the steam unit element and allow it to cool.

  • Pour 4 inches of white vinegar into a pot or plastic container and set the steam unit in the vinegar. Leave the unit in the vinegar for 10 minutes.

  • Pick the unit up and cover the bottom holes with your fingers. Take the unit to a sink and run water into the steam outlet on top of the unit.

  • Place your fingers on your free hand over the steam outlet hole and shake the unit vigorously. Turn the unit upside down over the sink and empty the water. Repeat the filling, shaking and emptying process until there are no more black particles coming from the element and the odor of vinegar is gone.

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