Sticky: Distilled Water vs. bottled water vs tap water

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ZipZap
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Re: Distilled Water vs. bottled water

Post by ZipZap » Thu May 03, 2018 6:22 am

The problem with vinegar is that the smell lingers (at least for me).
For a breathing device that is intolerable and I hate the smell of vinegar.
What else do folks use to clean?

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Re: Distilled Water vs. bottled water

Post by palerider » Thu May 03, 2018 6:58 am

ZipZap wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 6:22 am
The problem with vinegar is that the smell lingers (at least for me).
For a breathing device that is intolerable and I hate the smell of vinegar.
What else do folks use to clean?
Then learn to rinse it well.

Others have reported using citric acid.
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Re: Distilled Water vs. bottled water

Post by Pugsy » Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:41 am

palerider wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 5:36 pm

This comes up over, and over... It oughta be a sticky.

In other countries, where distilled water is not as cheap and plentiful as it is in the states... you know what the cpap manuals say to use?

"WATER"

Just plain, ordinary "water", not bottled, not distilled, not mineral, not purified... just "water".

Just use tap water. When it's heated and vapor evaporates off of the water in your humidifier, that's the first step in distillation anyway... and that's why any minerals in the water end up left behind in the tank... Clean them out with vinegar, or even citric acid.

I decided to make it a sticky. Tired of people not using the search function and tired of answering same question over and over again.
I did clean up the thread a bit...lots of off topic chit chat muddying up things.
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