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Boiling pillows in baking soda
So I've read about the baking soda trick here and elsewhere but what I exactly do I do? I've got 3 used pairs of nasal pillows. Just bring some water to a boil and then chuck them in and let it cool off? How much baking soda and water should I use?

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12-31-2013 02:11 PM
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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
This has been discussed a few times. I can't remember the results, though. I did a forum search and came up with this thread.

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-Boiling-Nasal-Pillows--2506

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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
Well, I have three old pairs here that are just going to go into the trash, so I guess I'll start with one and see where it goes from there. Worst case scenario I chuck them like I was going to anyway. Thanks for digging up the old thread.
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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
Let us know the results.

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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
The thread title gave me an entirely different mental picture.
(Like boiling bed pillows in baking soda.)

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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
I recall French forum member in the old forum (sorry cannot remember the name) his job was to do silicone said that placing the cushions in the oven reviving somewhat (again don,t recall for how long or temp of the oven) oldman
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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
I have been washing mine in Dettol hand was, and and have survived thus far.
Supposed to kill 99.9 % of germs.

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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
Okay, so today I took the a pair of pillows where the left nostrils inner wall had collapsed. I filled a saucepan with water a little over enough to submerge a pair of pillows and stirred in 1 tsp of baking soda. Brought it to a rolling boil, tossed in the pillows, and took it off the heat. Then I let it cool for about 40 mins or so. When I took it out, I was able to push up the inner wall with my finger and it's now back to the original shape. However, I never thought to do this before boiling! And I don't have any other pairs where that has happened. So I don't know whether it really helped anything. I will try sleeping with the boiled pair later this week and compare it to the fresh one I'm using.
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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
(12-31-2013 05:05 PM)justMongo Wrote:  The thread title gave me an entirely different mental picture.
(Like boiling bed pillows in baking soda.)

Mongo, you have a vivid imagination. Makes me think of the OLD silly joke:
I had a dream that I was eating giant marshmallows, then I woke up and my pillow was gone.

I can hear my wife now, "You want me to boil your what?"
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RE: Boiling pillows in baking soda
So I finally got around to washing and trying them last night. It worked well, I think. I was able to push up the collapsed inner wall. My leak numbers were good and it didn't feel like it was leaking and I had to tighten it up a whole lot, which is sort of my cue to get new pillows. Unfortunately I don't even remember how old this one is so I couldn't go back and compare the leak data. But I'd say it's worth a shot. I'd be interested in hearing the chemistry explanation of how it actually works.
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