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Dec 06, 2009 - found solution: if unit is truely clean, unplug unit then mix about a teaspoon of iodized salt (table salt) to the water. Reconnect unit wait about 1 - 2 minutes, unit will start to make a grinding sound but shortly after steam will produce.

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This problem is cause by water that is too soft. But if 1 teaspoon of water produces too much steam, reduce the amount. I get by with two pinches.

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Jan 21, 2014 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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I have hard water, plugged it in, no steam. Added salt, no steam. What to do?


I have hard water as well and I wasn't getting steam. I put in a good tablespoon of salt and the steam started immediately. Try more than a pinch (if that's all you put in originally)

Oct 16, 2012 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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We have a water softener and I think the water has too much salt and therefore, our Vicks vaporizer has too much steam. Any suggestion?


If your softener is working properly, you should never get any salt in your water. The salt is used only to reactivate the ionic media in your softener cartridge, and during the backflush cycle, all that salt is removed, down to PPM (Parts Per Million) levels.
In any case, even if you used salt water in your vaporizer, it would not increase the amount of steam that it produces. Salt water has a higher boiling point than fresh water. You would also notice salt buildup inside the tank as the water level goes down.
The Vicks Vaporizer works by using only heat to produce steam- the hotter it gets, the more steam it makes. The only practical way to get too much steam outside of a malfunction that causes your heating element to get abnormally hot would be if you live at a very high altitude where water boils at a lower temperature.
High humidity in your home will make it appear as if your vaporizer is making too much steam since the surrounding air will be less capable of absorbing it.
A slightly "off topic" note- if you chose the Vicks Vaporizer/humidifier and have children, you have made a wise decision. Because it produces water vapor by heating instead of ultrasonics, contaminants and minerals (such as salt, iron, calcium, etc.) remain in the tank and will not enter the vapor stream.

Mar 25, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My vapourizer is not steaming, why?


The most likly cause is a build up of mineral and calcium around the heating element. If you can remove cover around element then you can clean by gentle brushing. Some units require the use of a torx driver to disassemble. Otherwise clean around cover and steam outlet and run about 1/8 teaspoon of salt with full container of water. If you can get it started to steam then do this several times then rinse out and refill with about 1/2 cup of pure vinegar and water. Hope this helps you. Thanks.

Mar 07, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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I need to know how to use the warm steam vaporizer i lost the instruccions..


you add vicks petroleum paste/jelly at the top where the air vent is. Add 1-2 tablespoons of salt with tap water in the tank, plug in the unit and warm steam will produce.

Feb 16, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My vaporizer is barely putting out any steam...is there a way to clean this unit so that it will produce more steam? This is a Vicks 1.5 gal unit.


Is the water in your area soft? If so, add a few pinches of salt. Vaporizers boil the water by running electricity through it. If your water is too soft, no electricity and therefore no steam.

If you have hard water, and the unit must be cleaned, try soaking it in vinegar.

Dec 24, 2009 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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Why is it that the steam doesn't seem to be working very well.It is a Vicks Humidifier.


use vinegar in water when steam drops then clean out water container. and use a small pinch of salt to let the two prongs in the plastic tube make better contact with each other it will steam very well.

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Thick Cloud of Steam


I would say that the beauty of steam is that it has to get through the 100 degree temperature to leave the aqueous state - i.e. to move from a liquid to a gas.

The benefit of that is that any organizums in the water should be killed as a result of that process. Its possible that it smelt musty or old stagnant water smells but to be honest there is little change of harm to the little ones.

Best wishes

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