Cleaning your CPAP mask.

Posted by franle @franle, Oct 31, 2018

Recently I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. After doing an at home sleep test it revealed that I was having 18 events per hour of sleep. I now wear the Dreamwear nasal mask. I feel like I have recieved conflicted advice from the company that I got my equipment from which was Regional Home Care. I was submerging the tube with the other components of my mask in soapy water to clean. That was the advice that I first received. I was having trouble with the mask and went back after my doctor gave me a prescription for another mask. I was given another type of mask that left me with extreme dental pain on the first nights sleep with it. That was the end of that. The questions asked while at this appointment left me questioning if I was wearing the original mask correctly. I adjusted the original mask and have been fine with it ever since. While at the appointment the man giving me the new mask gave me a lot of advice that was helpful but he told me I should not be submerging the entire tube due to the electrical end component. I wish the first woman who I originally got my equipment from had told me that. I know there are machines that you can put your equipment in for cleaning. They are rather expensive. Are they the way to go? How does everyone keep their equipment clean? How often do you clean your equipment? Getting on a CPAP has make a huge difference. My husband and I laugh almost nightly at how I look with it on but I don’t care!!! He needs one too! Working on that! It may be my Christmas gift request that he get tested. TIA for any and all help!

I use vinegar and water solution to clean the different parts like tubing, mask and water tank. I also change the filter every week and clean the charcoal filter by flushing with water

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@janisfree

I use vinegar and water solution to clean the different parts like tubing, mask and water tank. I also change the filter every week and clean the charcoal filter by flushing with water

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Hello @janisfree, welcome to Connect. Thanks for sharing. I use a SoClean 2 machine to clean the mask, tubing and humidifier tank. I just like the convenience. I think you are spot on with changing the filters on a regular basis. I have two in my Dreamstation CPAP machine. I change the main filter once a month and the one that clips on to it, once a week.

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I rinse my nose piece and upper tube every day and hang it to dry. I also only fill the tank part way and dump what's left in the morning. Once a week I wash everything using baby shampoo and hot water. I keep the end of the heated tube out of the water and make sure that any water that's gotten off of it is dried. Then I hang them to dry. I do mine one day, and my husband's the next. Easy stuff.

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@jjspokane61

Interesting… maybe I'm over filling the tank. I don't seem to see the water level go down by very much… maybe my humidity setting is too low – guess I'll decrease the amount I'm putting in so I don't waste so much!

Thanks!!

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@jjspokane61– You might want to check your humidity setting, but I find that if I fill my water reservoir about 1/4" below the Max line and get a good 8 hr. sleep that their is barely a drop or two left. Give it a try. Jim @thankful

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I have been using a CPAP machine since 2005. After the first night of feeling like I was about to drown, I decided NOT to use the water feature. I wear a "nose pillow mask" and simply remove the mask from the main hose and wash it under hot water and soap. Has not been an issue at all.
Regarding your husband laughing at how you look, I was mortified that my wife was going to think "how goofy and unromantic!". So I shared my fears and she said "Honey… this is NOT a problem. I will simply refer to you as "My Snuffleupagus!" She added "And knowing you are breathing all night long without any snoring is Heaven!"
"Good luck!" getting him on boards and "Sweet Dreams!"

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@kentyunker

I have been using a CPAP machine since 2005. After the first night of feeling like I was about to drown, I decided NOT to use the water feature. I wear a "nose pillow mask" and simply remove the mask from the main hose and wash it under hot water and soap. Has not been an issue at all.
Regarding your husband laughing at how you look, I was mortified that my wife was going to think "how goofy and unromantic!". So I shared my fears and she said "Honey… this is NOT a problem. I will simply refer to you as "My Snuffleupagus!" She added "And knowing you are breathing all night long without any snoring is Heaven!"
"Good luck!" getting him on boards and "Sweet Dreams!"

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@kentyunker, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. What a great post…your wife has a good sense of humor. I've only been using a CPAP since last Summer and now I can hear her snore instead of the other way around. Biggest problem I have is the cat biting at my mask and hose. Happy Zzzz's!

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@johnbishop

@kentyunker, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. What a great post…your wife has a good sense of humor. I've only been using a CPAP since last Summer and now I can hear her snore instead of the other way around. Biggest problem I have is the cat biting at my mask and hose. Happy Zzzz's!

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That’s funny 😁! Thank you for the smiles. You are right though, I keep a small pillow over my ears now because of my husband snoring!

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@thankful

@jjspokane61– You might want to check your humidity setting, but I find that if I fill my water reservoir about 1/4" below the Max line and get a good 8 hr. sleep that their is barely a drop or two left. Give it a try. Jim @thankful

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Thank you ☺️, but if it’s up too much it will cause hot flashes!!

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@johnbishop

@kentyunker, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. What a great post…your wife has a good sense of humor. I've only been using a CPAP since last Summer and now I can hear her snore instead of the other way around. Biggest problem I have is the cat biting at my mask and hose. Happy Zzzz's!

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Using the CPAP is "life saving" for me. My father had Alzheimer's Disease and also found out late in his life that he had Sleep Apnea that was never treated. When I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, I was told that it "cuts off oxygen to the brain". I have to believe that it had a major negative effect on my Dad's illness. At 65 years old, I have no signs of Alzheimer's (thank you Mayo). I have been diagnosed with "Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis". I can deal much better with the "IMB" than with Alzheimer's.
And not to forget…Mayo has been a "Life Saver" as well! Incredible people…everyone of you!
As the TV commercial says…"DILLY – DILLY!"

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@kentyunker

I have been using a CPAP machine since 2005. After the first night of feeling like I was about to drown, I decided NOT to use the water feature. I wear a "nose pillow mask" and simply remove the mask from the main hose and wash it under hot water and soap. Has not been an issue at all.
Regarding your husband laughing at how you look, I was mortified that my wife was going to think "how goofy and unromantic!". So I shared my fears and she said "Honey… this is NOT a problem. I will simply refer to you as "My Snuffleupagus!" She added "And knowing you are breathing all night long without any snoring is Heaven!"
"Good luck!" getting him on boards and "Sweet Dreams!"

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I like the Snuffleupagus better than “ Miss Piggy 🐷!,,!!” My husband is so funny about it though, he assures me it isn’t an issue at all. Thanks for the smiles! Jan

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@janisfree

I like the Snuffleupagus better than “ Miss Piggy 🐷!,,!!” My husband is so funny about it though, he assures me it isn’t an issue at all. Thanks for the smiles! Jan

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Yes it is good to laugh at how we look in our CPAP equipment. For those of you with spouses that snore, that can be sign of sleep apnea. Please do them a favor and ask them to be checked for sleep apnea. Yes cutting off oxygen is very dangerous so treatment is very important.

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@kentyunker

Using the CPAP is "life saving" for me. My father had Alzheimer's Disease and also found out late in his life that he had Sleep Apnea that was never treated. When I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, I was told that it "cuts off oxygen to the brain". I have to believe that it had a major negative effect on my Dad's illness. At 65 years old, I have no signs of Alzheimer's (thank you Mayo). I have been diagnosed with "Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis". I can deal much better with the "IMB" than with Alzheimer's.
And not to forget…Mayo has been a "Life Saver" as well! Incredible people…everyone of you!
As the TV commercial says…"DILLY – DILLY!"

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Hello @kentyunker,

I was interested in your mentioning the diagnosis of IMB. As a result, I did a little research and found this information on NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders), https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/sporadic-inclusion-body-myositis/

I decided to post the link for anyone else who might find this interesting. Thank you for bringing this diagnosis to Connect.

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