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Re: How often do I really need to clean tube and water chamber?

Postby nightnight on Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:50 am

First, be sure to use distilled water. When I travel, I will just use the tap water, and yes you can smell the difference.

I also place a couple of silver coins in the tub. In the old days they used to put a coin in the rain barrel to help kill germs. And, yes today they use silver impregnated seals on refrigerators to do the same - at least they do it and use it as a marketing tool too!

Oh, and if you use regular water vs distilled, you will see the "junk" that precipitates into the holding tub. And, if you sue regular water, you will find that the junk on the coins will react with the tap water...........you end up with clean coins! lol

Remember, you are putting the output air of your system DIRECTLY into your lungs. If there is any mold, you could be in big trouble.

For the hose and mask, I clean every 6 weeks or so. If I notice any smell, I will do it earlier. I have used the same mask for about 2 years now. The hose, I seem to replace every 6 months or so.

Yes, you should clean your equipment, but don't go nuts. I use dish detergent and vinegar. Then I am sure to wash out very very well.

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Re: How often do I really need to clean tube and water chamber?

Postby bwexler on Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:18 pm

I am on a strict cleaning schedule of once every two to three years. I reset the clock if I have replaced an item sooner, which is a common occurrence.
I have caught myself swishing some water in the water chamber on rare occasions. And I think I actually put a water chamber in the dishwasher once, I was unhappy with the results.
I use a cloth mask so no silicon to keep clean and I would never use hand sanitizer for anything.

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Re: How often do I really need to clean tube and water chamber?

Postby CRMW on Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:20 pm

bwexler and I have the same cleaning routine with the exception of the dishwasher. I would never subject my water chamber to the dirty water and germs in my dishwasher.

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Re: How often do I really need to clean tube and water chamber?

Postby Muse-Inc on Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:39 am

I wash my mask nightly with Dawn, rinse, toss in a 50:50 mix of water & vinegar for 3-5 mins, rinse well, let air dry. I wash my face at the same time. If there is any oil, my mask won't seal well. I try to wash my headgear's microfleese wraps (covers the cheek straps & top of head strap) every other month or so, probably need to do this more often.

I only use distilled water in humidifier & top up nightly. Weekly (every other week in cold weather), I empty the chamber, take it apart, spray with straight vinegar, let sit for several mins, rinse, let air dry. If there is any residue left, I wash with Dawn, rinse, quick spray with vinegar to remove soap residue, rinse, let air dry.

I change the filter every month.

After a cold with coughing (rare), the hose get washed with Dawn, rinse well. Next, I spray vinegar inside, add some water (likely 30:70 mix), connect ends with a spiral connector, and just curl it up on the bottom of a cleaned sink moving it around every few mins so all surfaces get soaked, rinse well. I connect to my old Escape (dataless CPAP) with pressure set to 19 and let it blow for 15 min/until dry. Then, cover one end with Press and Seal and thread it thru my microfleece cover.

Every 6-9 mos, I buy extra distilled water, clean my Corningware clear pot, fill half way with the distilled water and 1-2 measuring teaspoons of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda), bring to a boil, toss in my silicone pillows and mouth cushions and let them softly boil for 3-5 mins. This cleans off the haze and seems to restore the original stickiness. Doing this means I only need to replace the 2 silicone parts maybe once a year.

I just got 'CleanSmart Daily Surface Cleaner, Home Use and CPAPs. Kills 99.9% of Bacteria, Viruses, Germs, Mold, Fungus. Leaves No Chemical Residue!!! Great CPAP cleaner, CPAP sanitizer. 23oz, 2PK'. Love it in the kitchen! Thinking about seeing how well it gets rid of oils, if it does a good job, I might switch to spraying this, letting it sit a min (all it takes to kill pathogens), then rinsing well. It does have a scent of a swimming pool when wet, seems to disappear when dry.

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Re: How often do I really need to clean tube and water chamber?

Postby palerider on Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:30 pm

CRMW wrote:bwexler and I have the same cleaning routine with the exception of the dishwasher. I would never subject my water chamber to the dirty water and germs in my dishwasher.

Hopefully, you don't put your dishes in there with that filth either... after all, you *EAT OFF DISHES* like, as in, you put something in your mouth that's been in direct contact....

Unlike being six (or more) feet away by hose from the humidifier chamber.

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Re: How often do I really need to clean tube and water chamber?

Postby chunkyfrog on Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:09 pm

My headgear gets washed when it gets too loose (leak rate jumps)
My frame gets blasted with the water pik when I can see gunk in the mesh.
I replace my pillows every 3 weeks--no washing, ever.
The tank gets washed with hot water and Dawn when I detect slime by touch.
If I SEE any ickiness, it also gets a splash of vodka (one for the tank, one for me.) :mrgreen:
The hose gets replaced at about 18 months to a couple of years--also never washed.

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