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I suffer terribly from moderate obstructive sleep apnea. After over 2 months of waiting, I am finally getting a CPAP machine tomorrow (6/9). I hope this will help me. I have a concern about keeping this machine clean. I know that there are machines to buy that will clean them, but I probably can't afford one. I'm lucky my health insurance covers my CPAP! I need a way to clean this thing as simply and easily as possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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June 8, 20210 found this helpful

It only takes 5 minutes if you follow the instructions here www.resmed.com/.../

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June 8, 20210 found this helpful

Some good info here:
www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-clean-cpap-3015322
www.sleepfoundation.org/.../how-to-clean-a-cpap-machine
www.cpap.com/.../

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June 9, 20210 found this helpful

I also use a CPAP machine. To prevent slime buildup, make sure to only use distilled water in the chamber, never tap. My pulmonologist didnt express the importance of this when I first received my machine. The tap water causes some nasty mold inside the tubes, chamber, mask, and machine. I even soaked the pieces in white vinegar water, but nothing stopped the buildup. Now that Im only using distilled, I rarely have any buildup, except in the corners of the chamber. And thats only if I skip a week without wiping it out thoroughly.

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Another thing is to make sure there isnt condensation forming in the hose. Heres a list of things from google to try if that occurs. The heated tubing is all I needed to remedy the situation

Solutions for CPAP rainout:
1. Move your CPAP machine to a lower level than your mask.
2. Try wrapping your hose to keep the air warm.
3. Adjust the temperature in your bedroom.
4. Adjust your humidifier settings. ...
5. Use heated CPAP tubing.


Good luck with it! Mine took a while to settle into, but now I couldnt live or sleep without it.

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June 9, 20210 found this helpful

You should clean your CPAP tubing and mask or nose pillows with warm water and dawn dishwashing liquid at least once a week and let air dry.

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