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Why Is It So Important to Clean Your CPAP Humidifier?

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As many sleep apnea patients can attest, using a CPAP humidifier makes CPAP therapy significantly more comfortable. When given the choice between breathing in cold, dry air or warm, moist air all night long, it’s no contest, really. Without adequate humidifier cleaning, however, a CPAP humidifier can do more harm than good.Here’s why CPAP humidifier cleaning is so important.  

Pathogens and Mold

The good news is that the moisture and warmth of a CPAP humidifier is soothing on the throat and nasal passages. The bad news is that the same moisture and warmth that improves the CPAP experience is also a breeding ground for pathogens and mold. The last thing you need is to be breathing all these germs directly into your airway, but without regular humidifier cleaning, that’s exactly what will happen. Gross, right?

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Mineral Deposits

You should really be using distilled water in your CPAP humidifier, but if you’ve been using tap or spring water, you may notice a white film or stain left behind. As ResMed explains:CPAP humidifier water chambers may become discolored, cracked, cloudy or even pitted due to the mineral levels found in most tap and drinking water. As the material deteriorates, cracks may trap bacteria from moisture.”Cleaning a humidifier regularly will help prevent this from happening.

How to Clean a CPAP Humidifier  

There are different methods you can use to clean your CPAP humidifier, such as washing it daily with warm soap and water, or soaking it in a mixture of white vinegar and water. But if you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “Yeah right, there is no way I’m actually going to do that every day,” you can always use the SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer to eliminate those pesky germs for you.The SoClean is an automated device that destroys 99.9% of bacteria, germs and pathogens in your CPAP humidifier, mask, and tubing. This way, all of your CPAP equipment is sanitized at the same time and the only thing you need to do is place your mask in the SoClean and close the lid.Why do something the hard way when there’s an easier way that can also be more effective? Click here to try SoClean risk-free!