CPAP Humidifier tank cleaning
by Bernie Seward
Is it really necessary to drain and clean the humidifier tank daily? I always have leftover distilled water in the tank.
At diagnosis, most patients are good about following the guidelines for equipment care:
- change filters often,
- rinse mask daily,
- wash mask a few times each week,
- only use distilled water,
- empty humidification chamber of any unused water daily,
- thoroughly clean and disinfect water chamber a few times weekly.
Bottom line...it's healthier to dump any unused water out and let the chamber air-dry daily
, even if you consider it's a waste of water.
However, it's no problem to clean the humidifier chamber once a weak. You can soak the chamber in a 3/1 warm water to white vinegar solution for 20 minutes, then soak it in soapy water (Ivory) for 15 minutes and then I let it air dry.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide