Also, how often?
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Cleaning Your Stuff
04-01-2014, 07:15 PM
Please what is a good solution to clean the mask, hoses, humidifier with?
Also, how often?
I soak my mask, hose, and humidifier chamber in warm soapy water once a week and I use Ivory liquid.
Another good cleaning solution is Control III. You can find that at CPAP suppliers on the supplier list at the top of each page here on the board.
Edit: Anyway, then I rince everything and dry it well then I put things back together so it will be ready for use, end edit.
When I think of it, I will wipe my cushion with mask wipes in the morning when I get up between washing times.
04-01-2014, 07:22 PM
For my stuff I just use a little liquid dish soap and warm water. I usually soak stuff awhile, then rinse very well and allow to air dry.
04-01-2014, 10:09 PM
Hot running water for most days.
Sometimes a little liquid soap.
1 part Vinegar & 2 parts water every so often.
I bought come Control III but the warning label was so dire that the vinegar seemed much safer.
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04-01-2014, 10:29 PM
I TRY to empty my chamber daily, wash it and my cushion in dawn unscented dishwashing liquid (not for the dishwasher). Weekly, I have a designated bucket that I put all parts in except the seal inside the water chamber and my head gear and chin strap (which I am not having to use anymore) with vinegar and dawn unscented dishwashing liquid (again, not for the dishwasher). After I let it soak a while, I wash all parts and then I put all the parts except the climate line tubing on a towel to air dry and then put it all back together and put distilled water in the water chamber. The climate line tubing I hang up to air dry.
04-01-2014, 10:34 PM
Very mild soap and water. Doesn't take much soap at all. The most important is the rinse. You want to remove the soap residue so you can get the seal. Plus if the soap has any smell to it, you might not want that blowing into your nose all night.
Some wash theirs every morning. Some do it once a week. Some do it less than that. Some spend big bucks on ozone cleaners (that sound you hear is me giggling). Some use Control III solution which will kill germs and viruses.
I use a scent free mild soap on the mask parts and hoses. After a simple rinse, I soak them and the humidifier parts in a vinegar solution. Then I rinse like mad and let it air dry.
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04-02-2014, 01:11 AM
On a daily basis I rinse my mask and the short flexible hose which attaches to the mask, with warm water and a non-scented liquid soap. The humidifier tank also gets emptied. I leave all this to dry during the day, and reassemble all the parts in the evening.
Once a week I disassemble all parts and soak in hot unscented soapy water for about 1/2 an hour and then rinse thoroughly with hot water to remove all soap residue. The hoses & mask cushions the get rinsed in a bit of distilled water, to minimize lime buildup. All the parts are left to air-dry during the day, and reassembled in the evening.
04-02-2014, 06:49 AM
Baby Wash & Shampoo works for me. I do the mask every morning and everything else weekly. On the weekly wash, I also rinse the humidifier chamber with a weak vinegar solution.
04-02-2014, 09:43 AM
I wash mine every weekend. I use dawn dish soap (unscented ... not anti-bacterial). I put a little white vinegar in with the soap and soak my mask (cushions and headgear), hoses, and humidifier tub for a couple hours. Rinse thoroughly and hang up to air dry. I do this early mornings so the equipment has all day to air dry. I have a dishpan used only for cleaning my CPAP equipment so my equipment doesn't pick up any bacteria that might be in the sink.
04-02-2014, 10:31 AM
I am curious. I hear a lot of soaking going on. The info that came with my ResMed Mirage Quattro said to wash the mask in warm water but warned not to soak it. My old F&P zest mask said to soak in warm water for not more than 15 minutes. Anyone have any idea why these recommendations are the way they are?
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