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New CPAP user. Any cleaning suggestions or tips?

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SwarmingTiger +0 points · 6 months ago Original Poster

Hey everyone. I just got my CPAP machine(ibreeze model) at the beginning of January and it's been great so far. Any tips or suggestions on cleaning? The manufacturer recommended cleaning the device, mask, tube, and water chamber weekly. I got some baby wipes to wipe down my mask and tube every morning when I wake up and I periodically wipe the machine down with an electronic wipe throughout the week to keep it from getting dusty though that hasn't been a problem. I started today washing the tube, water chamber, and mask with dawn dish soap and rinsing them with cool water and drying them down with a Microfiber cloth. I got some vinegar to soak in the water chamber before I clean it with the soapy water. I used a little plastic bin from the hospital to clean my CPAP stuff in. Is it necessary for me to get a cpap cleaner to go along with the regular cleaning? I bought a uv sanitizer off Amazon. Do I need anything to dry the tube out? I hung it up to dry and ran a cycle on my machine to blow out any small water droplets at the end of the day. I'm trying not to get too overwhelmed with all the suggestions and tips I've been reading across the internet and YouTube.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Hi SwarmingTiger,

Asking for suggestions is probably not the best way to avoid being overwhelmed.

I'm not sure why but cleaning is one of the favourite subjects of many CPAP users.

Probably the safest advice would be to follow the manufacturers instructions.

Cleaning up my Act

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Sierra +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Patron

BUG is correct. Your owners manual would be a good starting point. I use pure vinegar on my mask and hose first, followed by some Dawn dishwashing detergent, and then finally a rinse to drip dry. If your machine has a prewarm feature that will remove any remaining moisture. I try to wash the parts in the morning and let it drip dry all day before using it again. The vinegar is good at removing any mineral deposits and will also act as a disinfectant if pure. I would avoid using an ozone cleaner like SoClean. The ozone can damage the machine and void the warranty. UV probably does no harm. I was negligent on replacing my inlet air filter and it got pretty dirty. I have set a reminder to replace it every 3 months. Depending on what I see, I may extend that to 6 months.

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PutSleepApneatoBed +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Commentator

Use of the Ozone sanitizers voids most manufacturers’ warranties. Use of the UV sanitizers may do the same. I would check that out before buying or using them.

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SwarmingTiger +0 points · 6 months ago Original Poster

Thanks guys. I was hesitant about getting anything dealing with ozone so I ended up not getting any of the ozone cleaners. I'll just do like you said and stick to the manufacturer's suggestions and I'll just return the uv cleaner.

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CyrusManz +0 points · 6 months ago

You never need to sanitize your machine because there's no reason for it. Your machine is just a pump that draws clean air (through its own microfilters) from the environment and blows it through the tube. So there's nothing to sanitize inside (I know, a lot of people LOVE their Ozone cleaners, but Ozone gen erators like SoClean are really very dangerous. Even the FDA talks about it. Anyway, as for your hose and mask, nothing like good old warm water and your favorite dish soap. Then let then drip dry and you are good to go. Masks every 3 weeks but wipe with sanitizing towels ever night before use and hose evert 2-3 weeks. You can also clean your water tank about once a month this way and you are good to go. Oh/...only use distilled water for your humidifier. This way you won't be inhaling juicy bacteria in drinking water.

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