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THANK YOU! This clears up quite a bit and answers some of my questions, based on past knowledge. I could not see how washing and using a vinegar/water soak (I use 1:10 ratio but have seen almost everything up to 1:2) would fail to make the humidifier 'clean enough' for human use. Or, as my statistics professor used to say, "Good enough for government work."
One more question: Why is breathing the chlorine worse than drinking it? (I live in an area that does use quite a bit of chlorine in the tap water.)
We used to let the water sit (uncovered) for 12 hours or so to remove chlorine for our fish tank. Alternately, we would use hot water and let it cool if in a rush. The fish lived....
While I almost always use distilled (off the shelf) water in my heated humidifier, occasionally I may use tap water. ResMed e-mailed me and told me that the distilled water was OK in the humidifier for 2-3 days before washing. Further, ResMed said, when using the tap water, it needed to be emptied and the chamber washed daily. Because of the chlorine, this seemed a bit counterintuitive to me.
This whole cleaning thing is a really confusing question for xPAP newbies. There does not seem to be an industry consensus. Now we add in the water source question, and it is really becoming frustrating. I am just doing the cleaning regime my DME provider's RT recommended, but I always want to know WHY I am doing so!
Please thank your wife for her expertise and advice.
We need folks in the know.