Directions for a Vicks Humidifier

Using a humidifier can increase your comfort, but it’s important to operate it safely and clean it regularly to avoid the growth of bacteria and mold. When you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for placement, cleaning and maintenance of your Vicks humidifier, you’ll be sure that your appliance is operating efficiently and adding only clean moisture to your air.


Before you use your Vicks humidifier, check the cord for damage. Don’t use this appliance if the cord is damaged. Use the humidifier on a flat surface and avoid placing it on wood or other materials that can be damaged by water. Leave five to 12 inches of clearance between the appliance and walls or heat sources, and keep it out of children’s reach. The humidifier needs water to operate; when the tank is empty, turn it off. Don’t use inhalant products in the water tank or tray. Unplug the appliance when it’s not in use. When you move or lift the tank, place one hand on the handle and hold the bottom of the tank with the other hand. The base of the appliance is not submersible; don’t put it in water.

Filling the Tank

Before you fill the water tank, unplug your humidifier. Take the tank off the base and turn it over, then unscrew the cap. Use cool water and never hot water, which can harm the wick. Replace the cap and tighten it. There’s a black rubber gasket inside the cap which must be in position when you put the cap on. It will help to keep the tank from leaking. Turn the tank to its upright position and put it on the humidifier, making sure that the wick and the water tray are in place. Don’t put water into the outlet.


After you place the full water tank on the base, make sure the power switch is set to "off" and plug the appliance into an electrical outlet. Turn the switch to select the fan speed and the green power light will come on. Set the humidity level with the "humidistat" knob, turning it clockwise to increase the humidity. Once the humidity reaches the selected level, the appliance will turn off and the "desired humidity" indicator will come on. The appliance will turn on and off at intervals to maintain this humidity level.

Replace the wick (wicking filter) if it becomes discolored from dirt or minerals, if its top is dry, if it shows signs of wear such as holes or tears or if the appliance’s output is noticeably diminished. Order replacements from Kaz Consumer Service.


Turn the power off and disconnect the cord before performing any cleaning or maintenance on your humidifier. Every day, pull the tank and the fan unit off the base. Don’t put the fan unit in water or use water to clean it. Rinse the base and the tank, wipe them dry and replace them on the base, being careful not to damage the filter.

Once a week, empty the tank and base and put the appliance back together, then run it without water until the filter is completely dry. Turn the unit off and unplug it. Remove the tank and fan unit, then carefully pull off the filter in an upward motion without bending it. Pour white vinegar into the base and let it stand for 20 minutes. Empty the vinegar, then dampen a clean cloth with more white vinegar and wipe the base, then rinse it completely. Don’t use cleansers, soap or detergents on the base.

After wiping the base, disinfect it by filling it with a solution of water and 1/3 tsp. of bleach. Let it sit for 20 minutes, stirring it occasionally. Empty the base, rinse it completely and dry it with a clean cloth. Wipe the outside of the fan unit with a dry cloth. Reassemble the humidifier.

Using a humidifier can increase your comfort