CPAP Newsletter Newsletter Archive Subscribe Newsletter Archive Subscribe Sign-up for our weekly newsletters for CPAP articles, tips and special offers! Submitting... Sign Up No, thanks CPAP Newsletter: Good Idea | Bad Idea Zoom In (+) Good Idea | Bad Idea Bad Idea: Using regular wipes to clean your mask. Why: Moisturizers and chemicals deteriorate silicone. Good Idea: Try CPAP mask wipes: Bad Idea: Patching broken masks with household items. Why: Leaks compromise CPAP therapy. Good Idea: Get a new mask: Bad Idea: Using tap water in your humidifier. Why: Calcium deposits can cause mold. Good Idea: Always use distilled water. Bad Idea: Sealing an old CPAP hose with duct tape. Why: A new hose means no mold or leaks. Good Idea: Get a brand new hose: Bad Idea: Using an old, outdated machine. Why: As technology improves, so does comfort. Good Idea: Consider a new machine: Bad Idea: Applying lotion to soothe mask contacts. Why: Ingredients in regular lotion degrade silicone. Good Idea: Try CPAP therapy cream: Bad Idea: Going camping/traveling without your CPAP. Why: Stay rested on your trip! Good Idea: Stay powered up: Bad Idea: Going to work with red strap marks. Why: They’re unnecessary. Good Idea: Use fleece strap pads: Bad Idea: Periodically dusting off old CPAP filters. Why: Breathe clean air, and keep allergies at bay. Good Idea: Get new, fresh filters: Bad Idea: Tossing and turning on a regular pillow. Why: Standard pillows don’t accommodate masks. Good Idea: Try a CPAP Pillow: Check out the Replacement Chart to see when products should be replaced.