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jidanziger
  Unread post  Post subject: CPAP cleaning method  |  Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:41 pm

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I'm new to cpap, and I have NOT tried this yet, but I'm hoping someone can confirm or reject this idea. My humidifier chamber is large enough to fit my nasal pillow inside it. I usually clean the humidifier by putting a drop of dish soap in there with some warm water and shake it around for a while, and then rinse. If this is ok, then I'm wondering why I can't just put the nasal pillow inside the humidifier while I do this to clean both at once. Would I be doing something wrong? Thanks in advance for your help / ideas.


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LSAT
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP cleaning method  |  Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:53 pm

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jidanziger
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP cleaning method  |  Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:30 pm

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I just don't want to die like all these web sites are telling me if I don't clean this thing properly


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Ifeelwaybetter
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP cleaning method  |  Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:49 pm

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There are people that never wash their cpap stuff, and people that wash it daily (that would be me!). Don’t think I’ve ever heard about anyone dying from not washing or always washing their equipment, so go ahead and do whatever makes you comfortable. For the most part cpap masks, hoses and humidifier chambers are quite durable, so don’t be too worried about wrecking anything. As I mentioned I wash my cpap equipment daily (except the fabric headgear-goes in the washing machine/dryer weekly) and it lasts well over a year.


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SkinnyFemale
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP cleaning method  |  Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:13 am

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I take everything apart that comes apart, get a dish pan with mild dish soap (I like Ivory), soak tubing, humidifier, head gear and nasal cushion for a while (maybe 30 minutes) and rinse well, lay it all out on a towel to dry. My humidifier comes apart, top and bottom as well as a seal that I pull out to make sure it gets washed well. I think the seal could harbor germs or mold (moist and lots of crevices). Everything seems to fit better after I do that for some reason. Tend to do that once a week and so far working well. The big challenge for me was finding a mask I could tolerate.

I would not stuff your nasal pillow into your humidifier. It seems like that will reduce the chance of getting it clean. But as stated above, I suppose there are many ways to do it right.


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diamaunt
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP cleaning method  |  Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:00 am
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jidanziger wrote:
I just don't want to die like all these web sites are telling me if I don't clean this thing properly

The ones filled with lies?
Why are you reading that garbage?

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DKC_apnea
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP cleaning method  |  Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:37 pm
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Location: Eastern Ontario, Canada
PAP Mask: ResMed AirFit P10 nasal pillows.
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I tend to wash everything separately, but I don't think there would be any issue with washing your nasal pillows in the humidifier reservoir.

Prefer using hot water and clear (unscented) disinfectant soap, but that's just me.


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