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Soaps For Cleaning CPAP Equipment

Postby greyhound on Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:49 am

What kind of soaps (preferably liquid) do users use to clean their masks and hoses. The manuals advise not to use "solutions containing bleach, chlorine, aromatics, moisturizers, antibacterial agents, or scented oils"?

After looking at the ingredients of the liquid soaps in the supermarket, I'm finding it difficult to find any that meet this requirement.

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Postby Titrator on Wed Nov 16, 2005 12:02 pm

Hi Greyhound,

You are correct. It is next to impossible to find a dish soap that doesnt have all of those ingredients.

You can use generic "No More Tears" baby shampoo to clean all your gear. it is cheap and easy to find.

What I have been using for years is "Planet" dishwashing soap. it is green friendly. I buy enough for several years at a time. Do a google search and you will find it online as I did.



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Postby Kemosabe on Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:16 pm

I like Liquid Neutrogena. It covers all the requirements, is easily available, and smells good. I squirt a bit into a short mug, swish it around with a wet old fashioned shaving brush until it gets foamy, then scrub the mask parts with the brush. Seems to do a good job and I'm fairly sure the brush won't hurt the mask.

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Postby DaveMunson on Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:38 pm

I had to go look at the bottle. Tearless Baby Wash. Hypoallergenic. Ultra Mild. Equate brand (copy of Johnson't head-to-toe baby wash).

... is an extra mild all over ... cleanser ... it rinses completely ... dye -free, pH balanced and completely soap free.

Every night the parts that either need it or touch my skin get a bit of this stuff rubbed on it under water. Rinsed free and hung by the fan to dry.

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Cleaning CPAP hosesand masks.

Postby Hawthorne on Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:38 am

I had used Liquid Ivory Classic, (which means the old original one) for 3 years now. It is very good and contains nothing that would harm anything on the equipment. I am Canadian so am assuming this is available in some other countries.

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Postby Severeena on Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:51 am

I have finally found Dawn Dishwashing Liquid without scent, no anti-bacterial at K-Mart. It is the Ultra, but I finally found a dishwashing liquid that doesn't have all the stuff in it that I cannot be around, not only for the Auto Spirit I have, but also for the dishes.


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Postby Guest on Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:00 am

Hawthorne, I like the idea of Ivory Classic (maybe it's my memories of the 99 44/100% pure bar soap ads). However, when I went to the supermarket, I saw liquid Ivory Detergent (i.e., for washing machines) and liquid Ivory dishwasher soap. Which, if either, of them do you use?

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Postby 53now on Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:17 am

I use Ivory bar soap.......after I wake up, I wash my hands with the Ivory then lather up again , then gently work my fingers around the cushion , then rinse with warm water, set the mask on my dresser (to dry).........no problem....by bedtime it's dry and ready to roll !

entire process takes about 2 minutes...been doing the same thing for nearly 6 years


PS I use baby shampoo when I wash my hoses/water chamber/head gear

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Postby Rodrugg on Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:31 am

Whatever you do, do NOT use Borax! My Uncle Stanley did that one time and he regretted it. He had that mask on for about 11 hours and he started shaking and screaming and kicking all around. My grandma had to hit him with the flyswatter about 50 times before he ever woke up. When he got up, he said he felt like he was strangling and then he vomited about 8 times before breakfast. My grandma said he was stupid and you could kill a bear with enough Borax. Anyways, my Uncle never did that again, and now he washes it in the bathtub with Calgon.



Postby Guest-Ramona on Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:00 pm

I also use Ivory Classic. It's a liquid dishwashing detergent. It has a very light scent and cleans my mask very well.

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Postby FJC on Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:52 pm

I've been using the Johnson & Johnson "Baby body wash". Seems to do a decent job and is quite mild, with only a very light odor.
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Postby Geocom on Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:19 pm

cpapman.com has a CPAP mask cleaner that is terrific.

While I use Tucks medicated pads for my daily mask cleaning, I use the CPAP mask cleaner twice a week for a more thorough cleaning. It also does a great job at cleaning my wonderific Aussie heated hose.

It's great stuff.


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Postby JimH on Thu Nov 17, 2005 7:00 pm

I don't use any soap. Just soak the mask and the humidifies in water with white vinegar for about a half hour. I half to do the hose separately and I fill it with warm water and pour some vinegar in it and i do the hokey pokey and I shake it all about. then I rinse with hot water and hang dry it in the bathroom. Once the other is done soaking, then I rinse with hot water and let air dry.



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Postby greyhound on Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:41 pm

JimH, for what it's worth, I just learned that Resmed recommends NOT using vinegar on their masks - just "pure" soap and water.

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Postby ThatTree on Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:02 pm

Paula Begoun makes a clear scent-, conditioner- and antibacterial-free shampoo that works well for cleaning my Swift and humidifier tank. I just dilute a little in the sink and soak the parts.

I was already using this as my daily hair shampoo, so my skin is already used to it - good thing for me as I can get contact eczema. Anyway, I think it's worth a try for CPAP-cleaning purposes. I'm not too concerned about the trace amount of cocoa butter; it's pretty far down the ingredient list, and the "no buildup" claim is true.


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