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[Equipment] Washing? How often?
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Sleeper999 Offline

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Question Washing? How often?
The manual says to wash the mask and H5i humidifier every day, so I take the mask completely apart, same for humidifier and soak in lukewarm soapy water, clean with paper towel, leave to dry then reassemble.

My partner said this is overkill but I think it's healthy. Not sure about mask plastic bits standing up to being taken apart daily though.

Any thoughts?
08-18-2013 07:20 AM
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RE: Washing? How often?
(08-18-2013 07:20 AM)Sleeper999 Wrote:  The manual says to wash the mask and H5i humidifier every day, so I take the mask completely apart, same for humidifier and soak in lukewarm soapy water, clean with paper towel, leave to dry then reassemble.

My partner said this is overkill but I think it's healthy. Not sure about mask plastic bits standing up to being taken apart daily though.

Any thoughts?



I was told to wash my pillow every day, wash and refill the water chamber every 2-3 days and to wash the head gear, and hose once a week. I also use Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo to clean everything. Sleep-well
08-18-2013 10:46 AM
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Post: #3
RE: Washing? How often?
Hi Sleeper999,
I usually wash my hose, mask and the humidifier once a week in warm, mild, soapy water. However, if you feel more comfortable cleaning every day, that's okay too; it's an individual thing.
Hang in there for more responses to your post.

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08-18-2013 11:57 AM
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RE: Washing? How often?
I have found that it is a necessity to wash my mask seal everyday. I have the resmed Mirage Quatro and the material is kind of sticky. If you have oily skin in the least bit the seal will not be effective because it slips on your skin. Hopefully that all makes sense.

As for the rest of them I shoot for once a week. To clean everything everyday seems like overkill to me.

Thanks for sharing the Baby shampoo idea. I have been using Method brand hand soap since it is a very mild soap.
08-18-2013 12:00 PM
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RE: Washing? How often?
It partly depends on what you use for a water source in your humidifier - real distilled water and daily forced air drying by the CPAP should keep bacteria and germs at bay for a long time - weeks in one swab testing I tried (lucky I have access to such things, eh?). Store bought water will have a higher bac count, and so a real washing becomes necessary more often. Pillows and mask seals I would clean more often, since that is the stuff that comes into close contact with your face and picks up oils and schmutz, but so long as the tank and hose are kept good and dry between sessions (simply turn off the humidifier and auto off and turn on the machine until the tank is bone dry - don't forget to empty the tank first) and you can go up to a few weeks between thorough cleanings.

If you feel more comfortable doing a daily cleaning, then go for it - it may be overkill, but it also depends on the water you use, the environment you live in and so many other factors that in your region it may well be the right thing to do. Medically speaking, it is the best for you, but then, IMHO, you can never be too clean.
08-18-2013 01:13 PM
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Post: #6
RE: Washing? How often?
What Doc said.
I also wipe the sealing surface and my face down with "wet ones" anti-bacterial towlettes just before putting
the mask on. (does not harm silicone plastics)

I get almost zero leaks that way.

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08-19-2013 05:41 AM
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old dude Offline

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RE: Washing? How often?
(08-18-2013 12:00 PM)jettman96 Wrote:  I have found that it is a necessity to wash my mask seal everyday. I have the resmed Mirage Quatro and the material is kind of sticky. If you have oily skin in the least bit the seal will not be effective because it slips on your skin. Hopefully that all makes sense.

As for the rest of them I shoot for once a week. To clean everything everyday seems like overkill to me.

Thanks for sharing the Baby shampoo idea. I have been using Method brand hand soap since it is a very mild soap.


I've been doing this too with my Mirage Quattro, but I'm a bit concerned that the seal clip and/or the mask itself may not stand up well long term to being disassembled and put back every day.

Are you disassembling yours to wash it every day?
08-19-2013 09:24 AM
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Sleeper999 Offline

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RE: Washing? How often?
Quote:Are you disassembling yours to wash it every day?

I am, yes. Thanks for great info. above.
08-20-2013 06:48 AM
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RE: Washing? How often?
(08-18-2013 12:00 PM)jettman96 Wrote:  I have found that it is a necessity to wash my mask seal everyday. I have the resmed Mirage Quatro and the material is kind of sticky. If you have oily skin in the least bit the seal will not be effective because it slips on your skin. Hopefully that all makes sense.

As for the rest of them I shoot for once a week. To clean everything everyday seems like overkill to me.

Thanks for sharing the Baby shampoo idea. I have been using Method brand hand soap since it is a very mild soap.

I break down my mask ever day and wash it with dishwashing soap. Plus I use Ivory on my face. I've had good luck with that routine.

The tank and tubing is cleaned whenever I think about it. I have never used anything but distilled water and I live in a clean environment so I feel comfortable with that.

Cheers, VegasPier
08-20-2013 10:33 AM
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