How To Clean A Vicks Humidifier

A humidifier from Vicks may be a real godsend if you’re suffering from the flu, a severe cold, or issues with your sinuses.

They can make you feel better by utilizing specialized filters to clean the air and get rid of any contaminants. 

While this is great for your sinuses, contaminants in your water may ultimately build as scale deposits if they are left untreated.

Thankfully, the procedure of cleaning your Vicks humidifier is a rather straightforward one. 

If you want the humidifier to last as long as possible, you should clean it thoroughly at least once a week and give it a daily rinse to remove any scale deposits.

But how should you do this? In this article, we will show you the best and most effective way of cleaning your Vicks humidifier

Daily Cleaning

1. Put Humidifier On Flat Surface

Place the humidifier on a completely level surface. First, check to be that the humidifier is not on, and then detach it from the power source. 

Put it down on a surface that is clean and level, such as a table or a countertop.

If you want to avoid water from seeping over the sides, the surface must be level and flat.

Before you begin, you should make sure that there is enough space for you to clean the humidifier.

2. Remove Water Tray And Tank

Move the water tray and the water tank so that they are not in the way. Both of these components should be attached to the base of the humidifier using the appropriate screws. 

To begin, you will need to pull the water tank out of its place, which will then allow you to remove the tray from its location.

When you are removing the tank and the tray, exercise extreme caution so that the filter does not sustain any damage.

If your humidifier does not have a tank, you will need to remove the top housing and position it so that the tank is facing up on a level surface.

Take care not to position the housing on top of the water tube, as doing so might potentially cause the tube to get damaged.

3. Empty The Tanks Then Flush Them Clean

After the tank has been emptied, you need to refill it with warm water and give it a good flush. After unscrewing the cap by rotating it anticlockwise, tip the water from the tank to a sink. 

To prepare the container for use, fill it with water that is both warm and filtered. To ensure that the water that is already contained within the container is well combined, give it a vigorous shake. 

It is recommended to use water that is warm, but not hot while flushing the tank. If boiling water was utilized, the plastic may melt or get twisted. 

If your humidifier does not have a water tank, you will need to dry it out by wiping it out with a clean cloth or paper towel after you have removed any remaining water from the base of the unit.

If your humidifier does have a water tank, you may skip this step and go straight to drying it out.

4. Dry The Tank

To clean the inside of the water tank, use a dry towel or cloth.

The exterior of the water tank and any other areas that might have gotten wet with water should be wiped down with a dry, clean towel or a couple of paper towels. 

You may clean any more components of the humidifier that have dust or dirt on them by using a damp cloth or a paper towel.

If you want to prevent getting an electric shock, make sure that all of the water in the tank has been emptied. Failing to do so might result in a minor injury.

Monthly Cleaning

How To Clean A Vicks Humidifier

1. Make Water And Bleach Solution

The bleach should be mixed in with the water while filling the water tank. In a mixing dish, combine one teaspoon (4.9 mL) of bleach with three and a half liters (3.8 L) of hot water.

It is recommended that the water tank be left to soak for twenty minutes. 

It is important to give the water in the container a slight shake once or twice every few minutes, as well as shake the container itself, to ensure that the bleach is dispersed equally throughout the whole container. 

In the case that the water tank is not removable, the mixture of bleach and water should be applied to the water reservoir that is situated within the base of the base unit.

2. Poor Way Solution

After twenty minutes, dispose of the bleach water by pouring it away.

After removing the pickup tube, carefully pour out the bleach while being careful not to get any of it on any of the other parts of the humidifier.

Pouring the bleach into a sink or some other area that is contained and secure is the proper way to dispose of it.

If any of the bleach water falls onto the humidifier, be careful to dry it off as soon as possible using a towel or a cloth. 

You must take care not to breathe in the fumes that are given out by the bleach since this can make you very lightheaded. 

3. Rinse Humidifier

Both the water tank and the pickup tube need to be rinsed until there is no longer the smell of bleach.

You must use the cleaning solution to get rid of all of the bleach that is in the humidifier. 

Any lingering residue may be removed by thoroughly cleaning the water tank with warm water. In addition to the collecting tube, it is very necessary to flush the system. 

If your model does not have a tank that can be removed, then you will need to empty the water reservoir that is situated at the base of the model.

4. Dry Humidifier

Before you start using the humidifier, you need to make sure that the outside of it is completely dry of any moisture.

Only then should you plug it in and start using it. 

You can use a clean towel or some paper towels. 

Allow the humidifier to air dry for about three to four hours so that you can be confident that it’s completely dry. 


Cleaning your Vicks Humidifer is very easy to do. You should aim to do a mini clean of it weekly, especially if you have allergies, and then a bigger clean monthly.