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New masks/pillows - do they all stink?
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Got a new P10 today (and machine a few days ago) to replace my loaner, just connected it up and checked that it was working... oh how it smells of plastic/silicon/rubber/whatever! Washed the new pillow but still stinks so have got the loaner on standby in case can't use the new one tonight.

Anyone have any secret ways of starting using new pillows/etc?
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#2
No, never had a "new" smell that lingered on for any length of time. Once hooked up and with the air flow on for a few minutes, you should not notice that new plastic smell.
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Some people are more sensitive than others. I suggest cleaning them per manufacturers instructions.
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I really don't like the "new silicone/plastic smell." I tend to open the pillows packaging up at least a week before I intend on using a new pair. I also tend to wash them in vinegar-water (1 part vinegar to about 9-10 parts water) before I use them as that was what was recommended by the RT who set me up many years ago. And I much prefer the smell of vinegar to plastic. But most people don't like the smell of vinegar any more than the smell of "new plastic"
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If you are very sensitive to the new plastic smell, try dawn liquid dish soap to clean them. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry. You can rinse in vinegar, but then you may be smelling vinegar and plastic. Sad
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I recommend washing/soaking in dishwashing liquid or a dilute vinegar/water mixture as well.

When I first got my Wisp nasal pillows mask, I soaked the nasal cushion more than one time for a total of several hours before I could tolerate the smell.

I got a replacement nasal cushion for the mask about a month ago and it had no odor at all. I was suspicious that it wasn't new, but it was in a sealed Philips Respironics package.

Sensitivity to the smell of plastics and plasticizers seems to be a very individual thing.

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(04-18-2016, 08:58 AM)HGMonaro Wrote: Got a new P10 today (and machine a few days ago) to replace my loaner, just connected it up and checked that it was working... oh how it smells of plastic/silicon/rubber/whatever! Washed the new pillow but still stinks so have got the loaner on standby in case can't use the new one tonight.

Anyone have any secret ways of starting using new pillows/etc?

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(04-18-2016, 08:58 AM)HGMonaro Wrote: Got a new P10 today (and machine a few days ago) to replace my loaner, just connected it up and checked that it was working... oh how it smells of plastic/silicon/rubber/whatever! Washed the new pillow but still stinks so have got the loaner on standby in case can't use the new one tonight.

Anyone have any secret ways of starting using new pillows/etc?

They are supposed to have the mold release already washed out. My suggestion is to soak in a 1:10 solution of lemon juice for about 10 minutes. That should do it. You can also use apple juice if you want. You aren't trying to sterilize, just minimize the odor. Smile
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I'm ok with it now, it has either lost it's smell, or I'm accustomed to it now!
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(05-02-2016, 03:54 AM)HGMonaro Wrote: I'm ok with it now, it has either lost it's smell, or I'm accustomed to it now!

I had that problem a while ago with a new shipment of the nasal pillows I received from the DME. The nasal pillows actually smelled like bovine manure to me. I took the pillows and soaked them in water with some baby shampoo overnight. Next morning I rinsed thoroughly and sat the nasal pillows on the window sill to air dry. The nasal pillows were fine that night. I have not had any further problems with nasal pillows smelling really bad. I think maybe it was something that happened to them during the manufacturing process.

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