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Newbie question about cleaning in sink
I watched the resmed videos when I went to pick up my machine last week.

Both the videos and DME said to clean the hose, tank, etc in sink/basin.

Now, I shave, brush my teeth, wash my hands, etc etc in my bathroom room sink. Consequently, I use some pretty heavy duty bathroom cleaners to clean and disinfect it (e.g., Lysol, etc.).

For those of you who use your bathroom sink, what do you use to clean your sink and what, if any, precautions do you recommend taking to ensure those harsh (and toxic) chemicals do not wind up contaminating your equipment?

I have thought about buying a large glass mixing bowl or something similar to use for just for cleaning/soaking my gear. I have been using a small glass bowl filled with Johnson and Johnson head-to-toe baby wash (which I hope is ok) for the nasal pillows on a daily basis.

I know this may be over to top to some; but having had pneumonia several years back (and having my father pass away at a fairly young age a few years ago of pneumonia), I definitely do not to do anything to cause myself to have any more respiratory issues.
(This post was last modified: 05-22-2015 09:59 PM by rogue01.)
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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
Yeah, I agree about not using the sink per se.

I use liquid soap or ivory hand soap with the shower head. I just hold everything and wash it and rinse it there then let it dry. A kitchen mixing bowl would work too.
05-22-2015 10:28 PM
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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
Hi rogue01,
I clean my kitchen sink with clorox cleaner really well, then I Soak myy mask, hose and water chamber in warm, mild, soapy, Ivory Liquid,) water once a week.
Edit: If you don't like the sink idea, you could getcha one of those large plastic dishpans and soak your parts in that.

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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
I only use distilled water in my tank so there is no build up in it. I rinse it out every couple days with hot water. I wipe my mask almost daily and take it apart and clean it every 2-3 weeks along with the tank (sometimes) in the 2nd guest bathroom which is used seldom. I make sure the sink is clean first. I use anti-bacterial soap sparingly.

The hose I don't bother doing anything with it. I use a 8ft regular hose now. Stopped using the heated hose in Jan or Feb as being unnecessary. Don't get rain out here.

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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
where do you let your mask, hose, etc. dry?
05-23-2015 01:38 AM
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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
(05-23-2015 01:38 AM)me50 Wrote:  where do you let your mask, hose, etc. dry?
There is the right way, wrong way, and my way ... This is my way:

After washing the hose, hooked it into the kitchen hot water tap for a final rinse, then give it a twirl and hang over the bedroom door
I dry everything else with a kitchen paper towel, I wash the cushion in the shower each morning, shake it a bit, let it rest on a clean paper towel and its dry by the end of the day. Having some spares is always a good idea
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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
(05-22-2015 10:46 PM)trish6hundred Wrote:  getcha one of those large plastic dishpans and soak your parts in that.

That's the easiest and bestest way I think.

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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
I use a large plastic dishpan which I dedicate to this task so I don't have to worry about what I used it for last. I wash the hose and larger plastic parts of the mask in it. I soak (weak chlorine solution) and dry the hose on a special "hose hanger" that I got from Supplier #1. It is not necessary but I like it a lot. The hose is secure and doesn't slip around and there are little caps that fit the hose ends for when I use the chlorine. I know we are told not to use chlorine but I want to be able to sanitize occasionally, I rinse very well and I have never had a hose wear out on me in 6 years.
I wash the cushion and silicon parts of my mask under the sink faucet while holding them in my hand. I use a drop of Johnson baby shampoo which I keep in a tiny bottle on the sink shelf. The drop goes on my finger and I work it gently all over the parts and then rinse directly under the faucet. Then I prop them on a dedicated small plastic tray to dry.
You are right to be very careful about pathogens.
05-23-2015 08:34 AM
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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
(05-23-2015 08:34 AM)MobileBasset Wrote:  I use a large plastic dishpan which I dedicate to this task so I don't have to worry about what I used it for last. I wash the hose and larger plastic parts of the mask in it. I soak (weak chlorine solution) and dry the hose on a special "hose hanger" that I got from Supplier #1. It is not necessary but I like it a lot. The hose is secure and doesn't slip around and there are little caps that fit the hose ends for when I use the chlorine. I know we are told not to use chlorine but I want to be able to sanitize occasionally, I rinse very well and I have never had a hose wear out on me in 6 years.
I wash the cushion and silicon parts of my mask under the sink faucet while holding them in my hand. I use a drop of Johnson baby shampoo which I keep in a tiny bottle on the sink shelf. The drop goes on my finger and I work it gently all over the parts and then rinse directly under the faucet. Then I prop them on a dedicated small plastic tray to dry.
You are right to be very careful about pathogens.

Chlorine (Laundry bleach) is actually fine, although a lot of the laundry bleaches are starting to have other stuff in it than just chlorine.. It's still after all these years the gold standard in sanitizing. Just use a little bit however, as in a smidgeon. It's very powerful stuff. And, as you are doing, rinse everything well when you're done to get rid of the residuals.

Speaking of residuals, in many municipal water systems there remains a chlorine residual that is actually high enough to use without adding any more. Provided you don't heat it first. It dissipates rather quickly when exposed to air as well. And, unless you have a nifty test kit you don't really know if it's there or not. Which brings us back to add a couple of drops of laundry bleach to the water and you're good to go.

...and while we're at it: A lot of folks like to use the little sink water filters to remove the residual chlorine from the tap water? Yeah, they work great, but quickly become a potential source of contaminated water. So if you use those, replace the filter quite regularly. I actually had a water district customer call me one day because he had things "swimming around" in his drinking water. I sent my guys out, and they discovered one of those nifty filters that had not been replace in years. Removed the filter, solved the problem.
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RE: Newbie question about cleaning in sink
I use 5% white vinegar. Rinse and dry. I sling the hose like a cat by the tail to get the water out.

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