Forum · SoClean CPAP Cleaner/Sanitizer

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[-] PatrickH +0 points · almost 2 years ago

I heard a radio commercial from Better Rest for their SoClean 2. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this device and can give honest feedback. I am about 6 months in on using a CPAP and find myself very forgetful on cleaning the tube and pillows and this look like a great solution if it really works.

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[-] IntellectualTanArmadillo1349 +0 points · over 1 year ago

I used a SoClean 2 for several years and the original SoClean before that, and was very happy with it. It does work really well to sanitize the tube and mask and is so much easier and takes less time than washing.

When I upgraded to a new APAP machine recently my DME expressed concern about the "activated oxygen" (ozone) from a health standpoint. I was not concerned, because it remains within the system and converts back to ordinary oxygen within a certain time. In my experience that was the case.

However I did more research online and learned that ozone can be corrosive to certain materials. It has no effect at all on many. I read a review by someone who had used a SoClean 2 and he believed that some of the seals in his CPAP machine had been damaged by the ozone. I don't know if that was the cause or not, but I have stopped using my SoClean for now. I miss it because I know it is an effective sanitizer, in my experience. I haven't decided whether to start using it again or not. I have not looked closely at my old machine to see if there is any evidence of corrosion.

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[-] DanM +0 points · over 1 year ago Sleep Enthusiast

Thanks for sharing, @IntellectualTanArmadillo1349. Anyone else out there have experience with the SoClean device they are willing to share?

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[-] DecisiveTaupeLark9037 +0 points · 12 months ago

I have been using my so clean 2 since July and the other night the smell got really bad and i woke up feeling very sick. its 3 days later and i am still feeling awful...i cannot get the smell out of my nasal passages, feel shaky and nauseus, head hurts pretty bad too, going to see dr tomorrow.

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[-] DanM +0 points · 12 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

I'm so sorry to hear of your experience. Please keep us posted on your progress, and hopefully this is not related to your cleaning device.

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[-] Baba +0 points · 12 months ago

My husband has had his SoClean now for several years. The timer is set to clean soon after he gets up in the am. Yes, our bedroom smells like ozone for awhile but by the time he goes to bed at night, that smell is gone. If it bothers some people, it might be helpful if they would take their equipment out of the machine and like lay them aside away from the SoClean if that helps. It use of SoClean doesn't seem to wear his equipment prematurely. Please not the setting stay the same and are easy to set EXCEPT when our house looses power and then the time has to be once again adjusted.

Being the kind of man that he is, I sure wouldn't trust him washing his equipment. IE: The SoClean. If I counted on him to feed our dog, the dog would be very thin.

-Baba

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[-] DanM +0 points · 12 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Hi Baba. Thanks for the info on the SoClean...and the laugh! Best wishes!

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[-] GoodYankeesBlueKookabura1267 +0 points · 13 days ago

I had problems sleeping due to the strong ozone smell the SoClean machine gives off after putting it on clean first thing in the morning. As many users recommended, I would lay the mask out after the cleaninging to "air it out" to try to get rid of the ozone smell before I would use it again at bed time. It still didn't matter. After multiple nights of doing this and not much sleep, I then started to research online about ozone and the health effects of breathing it. I found info on EPA.gov concerning ozone and air cleaners, among other sites, that do not recommend cleaners. I then emailed my pulmonary specialist and asked him about the SoClean and asked if he thought the ozone used to clean my CPAP would be safe to use, but he advised against it. That is all that I needed and returned my machine. The bottom line is that we need to stick to our guts and know that if something doesn't seem right, then it probably isn't! It may be easier to clean our CPAP equipment using these machines, but it's not worth our health doing so.

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[-] IntuitiveDesertSandLoris7785 +0 points · 1 day ago

For about three months, I was coughing everyday and my allergies got much worse compared to all the years before, constantly sneezing and with runny nose. Took some prescription QNase and Bria that helped but allergies and cough would come back bad if I took a break from the meds. A breathing test given by my pulmonary Dr. Indicated my lung capacity was down 15%. I really believed it because when I tried to sing, I could not utter some of the words due to lung not being able to exhale enough air. I am quite lazy (maybe partly because of chronic fatigue) so I did not clean my CPAP for more than four months. That made me think that my constant coughing and sneezing probably came from dirty CPAP equipment. I started cleaning the CPAP tubing, reservoir, and mask with dish soap once a week for about a month and my coughing lessened but still there and my allergies did not improve. Finally thought "whatever" and painfully coughed up $300 for the SoClean 2. After one day of cleaning with SoClean, I noticed my allergies improved about 70%. A few more days and was just about 10% of the worst case, which is around my normal allergy level. So far it has been about two weeks on SoClean and not using QNase nor Bria. I am so glad sneezing and runny nose are significantly better. Coughing also improved but not back to my normal level. I just can't help believe that I had a lung infection that messed me up so bad since it still kind of feels like "something" (maybe mucus but do not see it come out during cough) is slightly impeding the lung inhalation/exhalation. In any case, the SoClean drastically helped me with alleviating my allergies, moderately with my cough and much less headaches after waking up. My situation is not normal since I did not clean the CPAP equipment for several months. I am somewhat concerned about the negative effects of ozone on health and equipment, but I really do not want to experience the incessant coughing and sneezing anymore. Even if I stop being lazy and start washing the equipment regularly, I still wonder about the parts that I cannot wash such as the air passage that leads from the reservoir through the CPAP device then out through the air port that connects the tubing for the mask. At this point I am paranoid about not using the SoClean, but still checking for experiences from other SoClean users that may have had any hazardous experiences to using SoClean.

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