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franle (@franle)

Cleaning your CPAP mask.

Sleep Health | Last Active: Jul 23, 2019 | Replies (40)

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@beatricefay

I was originally told I could empty the water every 2-3 days, but I like to clean my hose on the same day I empty the water. It's easier to keep track of. It seems like there is a lot of varying information out there on how to keep the apparatus clean. I prefer the distilled vinegar because otherwise I'd have to wash the hose daily with soap and water. When I travel and can't get the vinegar, I clean every day. I'm willing to put up with the cleaning if I can get a good night's sleep. I wish there was some good scientific information on the best way to clean and on frequency. Anybody have such information?

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@franie I wash my hose once in a while in the shower with just a drop of baby shampoo and the same temp water that I shower in; after rinsing it thoroughly I drape it over the showerhead and it dries quickly. I fill my reservoir with only distilled water, usually to the Max. Amount, and usually use the entire amount nightly. I notice my throat & nose are too dry when I don't fill it.

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