How to Clean Mineral Deposits From a Vicks Humidifier

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If you've noticed that your Vicks humidifier isn't working as well as it did when it was new, your problem might be mineral deposits. Most people use tap water in their humidifiers, which contains minerals. Over time, these minerals can build up and form a slimy or scaly layer on the internal components of your humidifier. Regular cleaning will remove these deposits and keep your humidifier functioning properly. While you may need to clean your humidifier more or less depending on your tap water and how often you use the machine, Vicks recommends removing the mineral deposits once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • White vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloth
  • Turn the humidifier off and unplug the cord from the electrical outlet.

  • Pull the top housing of the humidifier straight up to remove it from the unit completely. Set it upside down on a flat surface. If you place this part right side up, you could damage the components inside it.

  • Pour out any water in the bottom of the humidifier. Rinse it with clean water. Wipe this part dry with a clean towel and set it aside.

  • Locate the tube extending from the center of the top housing and gently twist it counterclockwise to remove it from the humidifier. This tube will probably be grimy due to mineral deposits.

  • Place the tube in a cup of white vinegar and let it soak for approximately 20 minutes to loosen the mineral deposits.

  • Wipe the inside of the bottom of the humidifier and the tube with a sponge dampened in white vinegar. Gently rub away any remaining mineral deposits with the damp sponge.

  • Rinse the bottom of the humidifier and the tube to remove all traces of the vinegar.

  • Clean the top housing gently with a soft, dry cloth. Use this cloth to dry the bottom of the humidifier and the tube as well.

  • Reattach the tube to the bottom of the top housing and place the housing back on the bottom of the humidifier.

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