The humidifier is a great gadget for your room, home, office or other location that brings a ton of benefits.
For one, it takes care of your air to be more humid and easier to breathe. That enhances your feelings of relaxation and you feel more at ease.
So, naturally, people are warming up to the idea of purchasing one of these more and more. And as this topic becomes popular, more questions regarding the humidifier pop up.
Some of these questions relate to putting Vicks VapoRub or Drops in the humidifier.
It is okay to do it? Should you do it?
We’ll try to explain the answers in the following paragraphs, so breathe in and let’s go!
Vicks for Cool Mist Humidifier?
For starters, Vicks Vapor Rub (by Procter & Gamble) fall into the category of topical medications or ointments, to be more precise.
Among other things, they are known to have the substance called petrolatum in them. In return, the petrolatum has some unordinary effects.
They can include irritation of the respiratory system when this substance enters the organism. In other instances, it can be poisonous and even incendiary.
Don’t get us wrong here, there’s nothing wrong with using them as separate substances, but putting Vicks in a humidifier may not be a good idea because of the effects we’ve mentioned.
In general, Vicks VapoRub as well as liquid drops can be slick as well as highly flammable greasy substances that may damage your humidifier unit.
Even though you have the best intentions at heart, this can seriously affect the system of how the steam or vapor are pushed forward.
Putting Vicks In Humidifier For Baby
For starters, the aroma with menthol can have a soothing effect on your children.
When applied externally as a chest rub it can help them provide great relief from cough, cold, flu, pain, etc.
However, studies show that it may be dangerous and even toxic for infants under the age of two.
This is because it can irritate the airways and cause nasal congestion instead of curing it.
As with everything, using Vicks in humidifiers has its ups and downs as they represent a risk in many ways, especially when it comes to infants and very young children.
Therefore when its about putting Vicks liquid or vaporrub in humidifier, you should completely avoid it.
In fact if you want to use Vicks for small kids and infants, it’s best to consult with your pediatrician before you get one in order to evade possible side effects.
Can You Use Vicks Vaposteam In Humidifier?
As far as Vicks humidifiers are concerned, the manufacturer warns about using any of the Vicks substances (drops or ointment) in their cool mist humidifier units.
But for those who want to use Vicks for soothing effects in chilling winter months, company has come up with Vicks VapoSteam Liquid and Vicks Vapopads refill pads.
Vicks VapoSteam In Humidifier
Unlike VapoRub, Vicks Vaposteam does not contain petrolatum and hence are safe to be used in a warm mist humidifier due to its ideal consistency.
For using Vicks VapoSteam in humidifier you can simply fill your Vicks Vaporizer tank with fresh clean water.
And then add 1 tablespoon of VapoSteam per quart of water used.
VapoSteam when used in warm mist humidifier releases its active ingredient “camphor” in addition to eucalyptus and few other soothing oils.
These being antiseptic and decongestant in nature, helps in relieving cough and other breathing issues.
Vicks VapoPads In Humidifier
In few units Vicks Vapopads or Vicks Waterless Vaporizer Scent Pads can also be used with steam humidifiers or vaporizers.
This can help get soothing menthol vapors for faster cold relief.
Upon switching on your Vicks humidifier unit with Vapopads the room will soon be filled with a medicated steam that can help relieve coughs and colds temporarily.
✅ You should carefully note that although Vicks Vapo Steam and Vicks Vapopads are designed for humidifier use, these are safe to be used in only steam humidifiers or vaporizer and not cool mist humidifier.
If required check your humidifier’s manual for more information about using these products before you actually purchase and use them with your unit.
In any case, before you think of buying or inserting topical ointments or other substances which are known to be oily or harmful, it’s best to consult with the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
If allowed, there has to be a section in them (like in V4600) dedicated to humidifiers with detached compartments for medicine or oil.
Finally, Vicks although can be used in very small quantities to soothe you and freshen up the air.
But, they can be very dangerous, especially for small children, if they are in big quantities and aren’t used properly. So its better think twice before you use them in humidifier…
Eliana is a nurse by profession who loves writing online, spending time with her family and caring for seniors. She has already worked as an associate editor on various mom, baby, home appliances, kitchen and healthy living blogs. In her spare time she also enjoys drawing, reading/writing kindle eBooks and improving her skills a bit.