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SoClean CPAP cleaning gizmo
#1
Am curious about SoClean CPAP cleaning machine I heard advertised in a radio commercial today. Anyone use it? Yes, it's worth the investment? No, its crazy science?
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#2
Basically the consensus around here seems to be that some things are made to be used and some things are made to be sold. This item is for selling.

You can achieve acceptable cleaning with mild soap, warm water and a little labor.
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I am one of those who has doubted the efficacy of the SoClean. After researching ozone disinfection, I think that part may work but I have other reservations. Ozone is notoriously hard on some plastics. Will this cause a deterioration problem with seals and other critical plastic parts? I do not know but I suspect maybe so. Some people use it and like it but most of us just use soap and water to clean.

My cleaning occurs haphazardly and infrequently and I have not even had a cold for the 5 years that I have been using my bilevel CPAP. I have gotten gout and cancer but I do not think that has had anything to do with my CPAP use.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
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#4
I just got my machine.. should I just clean all the parts the like tube and mask with soap and water?
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TomfromTexas,
Yes! Your goal is to remove any facial oils and body fluids that may transfer during use. Water that is no hotter than feels comfortable to the skin and a gentle soap is all that is needed. Some mask parts are made from low temp plastic (plastic that melts at a very low temperature) so using hot water is a No-No.
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#6
I have a So-Clean and I like it a lot. I wipe my mask with baby towelettes each morning to remove oils etc.; The So-Clean does the rest. I've had mine for over four years and there is no degradation from ozone caused to tubing or mask or machine. I bought mine when I had an older machine that left rain in the tubing. My concern was that wet tubing and humidifier tank might be a warm place for germs or worse to grow. Many feel this is overkill. My dme however suggested that warm water is a good environment for nasties. Think of mold in your shower. The So-Clean takes care of this.

That said, my new machine with a much improved humidity sensing device has eliminated rain in my tube. I still use the So Clean. I think that people who live in high humidity areas might benefit from this device.
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#7
hegel

How often do you replace your supplies?

Mask
Cushions
Hose

Best Regards,

PaytonA
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#9
I changed my headstrap after three years of so--who can remember?--because it had stretched. I changed my hose after about four years, "just because". I change my swift nasal pillows every three months, just as I did before getting the SoClean.

Have you found that the soclean causes your stuff to deteriorate?
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#10
I don't use the SoClean. Was just wondering how long stuff had to deteriorate if that was going to happen. Using the hose for 4 years does not sound like any deterioration was going on. Thanks for the info.

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PaytonA
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