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How to use the product

I used it once a few years back and it's been a while since I used it since. I am unsure how it works and how to open the push cap on the top. can anyone else, thank you in advance.

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Re: how to use the product

We had the same problem. My husband gave the cap a few judicious
blows with a hammer to loosen it because it had become encrusted
with mineral deposits. That allowed us to open it ... then we spent a
remarkable amount of time flushing minerals out of it.

From now on, I'll do the vinegar rinse bit (in the manual) after every use
(or at least frequently).

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