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Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
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Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
The nurse at my doc's office is saying not to use Dawn as it may be too harsh on the machine, hose, etc. 

She recommended several options, but unfortunately, the only ones I can remember this instant is Ivory or 7th Generation. Essentially, only very mild soaps. 

Dawn is used to clean oil on animals (from oil spills, etc), so while it's gentle enough for skin, perhaps it's not for our lungs? 

What do you guys think? 

I was thinking of going 7th Generation since it's supposed to be a very mild soap, but am open to trying others, such as Ivory (I know that 7th Generation will likely be the most expensive out of the bunch as it's eco friendly, etc).
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
I don't use Dawn (not sure if it's even available here) but I've been washing my stuff in ti-tree oil handwash and/or Palmolive dishwashing liquid for years. My humidifier tub is over 5 years old and still looks like new. Remember that you need to give everything a thorough rinse in clear hot water to remove any soap or detergent - that is sufficient to prevent any potential damage.

I think your nurse is exercising an over-abundance of caution.
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
I think this is outside of the nurse's area of expertise. I and others have used dawn for years without any adverse effects. I've been using the same F20 cushion for 23 months and it has been washed regularly with Dawn. As for my lungs, I rinse it off. I probably inhale more dawn vapor washing dishes than from my CPAP equipment. I've never noticed any residual odor. Since dawn never touches the machine it can't harm it.
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
I have used whatever we happen to have in the hand-pump beside our kitchen sink.  Warm water, wet a finger with Soap Ex, or El Cheapo, and I have even used Dawn, and clean the mask.  I rinse my hose the same way, but I also sterilize them both with potassium metabisulphite in solution.  Naturally, the sensible thing to do is to rinse it in either case, and thoroughly.

I'm into month 15 with the same mask and hose.  Also, if it matters, I only wash them about once a week, not daily.

People make stuff up.
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
Thanks, I plan on using Dawn or similar!
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
Dawn is one of the strongest detergent soaps on the market. Since every mask that I have purchased say "mild soap" on the directions that is what I use. (they are NOT called suggestions, but directions) Read the ingredient statement. Where is it? It does say if you or a child ingest it dilute with a glass of water. That's great, now with aerophagia and Dawn I can be blowing bubbles all day / night long.  I could care less what it does to my Cpap equipment but I do care about breathing it all night long. especially with scents and dyes.  Read this:


https://www.practiganic.com/2014/05/dish...c.html?m=1
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
BTW. Seventh Generation didn't fare to well either and isn't it strange "Ivory" does not say 99.9% pure?
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
I use Dawn to clean my CPAP equipment. Once everything has been washed, it gets a good rinse with hot water. 

I can't comment on whether or not it's too harsh on the equipment, but it all gets replaced often enough anyways. As far as any lingering aromas go, I can't detect any.

But......now knowing what I do, the next trip to the store, I'll take a good look at other options.

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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
I don't have a humidifier, so I don't have to worry about cleaning that. But Dawn would be the thing I would use. It works, it works well, and it's easily available.

Soap generally leaves a film residue behind, especially in hard water. Detergents will generally rinse clean.

As far as getting it in your lungs? Rinse well and air dry. I understand that some people are more sensitive to perfumes than others, and extra rinsing or soaking to dilute the aroma might be required.

My daily routine is to take apart and wash my mask cushions under running warm water and either soap or a little bit of Dawn on my fingertips. Then rinse and air dry.

Weekly, I fill the sink with warm water and a little Dawn, and soak the mask, headgear, and hose for about 20-30 minutes, then rinse well and air dry. As far as being harsh and breaking down materials: I've never seen that happen.
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RE: Nurse at doctor's office is saying to not use Dawn soap to clean CPAP
I use Dawn when I clean my equipment. Except for replacement P10 pillows, I'm still using all the original masks and hoses that I got 5 years ago. I would have to say that that throws the doctor's office theory out the door.
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