keano wrote:I would like to try a better cleaning process on my Bi-Pap's mask, hose and humidifier reservoir than the mild soap and tap water that I am using every other morning. Plus, I would like to use a sanitizer/germicide that would not leave any toxic residue behind. "Google" results are mostly limited to cleaning agents and a suggestion for a 1-to-4 ratio of vinegar/water mix for soaking. The best option appeared to be at "QuickMedical web site" that sells a Salon and Spa Pedicure Sanitation Kit that is a spray cleaning gel and a germicidal concentrate---BUT is it safe to use on my mask/hose/reservior and then my breathing through afterwards??? No response from my inquiry to their web site as yet. Any ideas?
keano wrote:Thanks for the suggestion to follow manufacturer's recommended cleaning techniques of good old soap and water on my bi-pap's mask, hose and humidifier reservoir. It makes good sense, especially when considering doing damage with other cleaning agents to the soft-formed plastic that helps seal the mask.
However, skipping the request for a better/different cleaning agent, I still consider the occasional use of a sanitizer/germicide to be important since it does far more than soap can do in getting rid of germs, et cetera. Hygiene info I've read talks about germs remaining on surfaces for up to two weeks. We're not tossing away used Kleenix tissues in this case. We are re-exposing ourselves to some of our lovely nasal and mouth germs more than we need to if there is an acceptable sanitizing/germicidal agent available. "It's only our very own germs" is a moot point since we can re-infect ourselves time and again with one problematic germ type, even if there are thousands and thousands of tolerable germs there too.
"Google" some of the key words, especially in conjunction with hospitals, and I hope you will see some value in the second half of my inquiry that still seeks some type of sanitizing/germicide agent that will not damage our equipment, nor leave a toxic residue that we would breath. Thank you.
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