I am taking the lazy route here and asking you guys. Actually, my brain fog/sleepiness is severe, so reading all the directions is tough for me.
I have been using my CPAP for about a week, so it's time to clean everything. I haven't cleaned the mask all week (gross, I know...sorry) either. If the mask would have seemed gross in any way I would have, but it's the Swift LT...so very little of it touches my face/skin.
For the tubing, I am thinking of just submerging it in mild, soapy water. Then rinsing, and air-drying. That would "clean" it. But I'm wondering if I should add some vinegar to the submerging water to also sterilize the tubing? Or could the acidity be bad for the tubing? Is sterilization not really necessary if things remain "clean"?
I find myself asking the same question for the humidifier (to sterilize or not). When I had a room humidifier, I would periodically sterilize it with vinegar. But I believe those room humidifiers have filters and stuff, so that leaves more room for an "ick" factor. So is keeping these CPAP humidifiers simply "clean" enough?
Also, I find myself wondering where I should do this "submerging." I find the idea of doing it in a bathroom sink pretty gross. I would say a bathroom sink has more bacteria than the tubing itself. Same with a kitchen sink (I live in an older apartment, so there are scratches in the sinks, etc...nothing is from this decade). Does anyone have an idea of what I could submerge my tubing in? I am thinking my best bet is a large glass Pyrex bowl I have.
Symptoms: severe daytime sleepiness and fatigue/tiredness, oversleeping and hypersomnia, dark circles around eyes, sometimes brain fog.