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Comfort and Cleaning
Mask wipes, mask strap pads and custom CPAP pillows are popular and effective comfort items. Each of these items are crafted especially for CPAP therapy, often by CPAP users themselves. The mask wipes are made from natural, fresh smelling ingredients and they do not break down the plastic decreasing the life of your mask. Mask wipes are safe for every day cleaning and are often used to prolong time between thorough cleaning. Mask strap pads decrease skin irritation caused by contact from mask straps. CPAP pillows allow CPAP masks to "hang off" the pillow during sleep, which reduces or prevents torquing and mask leak.Shop Now
Comfort & Cleaning FAQs
- How do I reduce mask leaks due to facial sweating?
Excessive facial sweating can affect the performance of most silicone CPAP masks. As sweat builds between the cushion and your face, the cushion walls tend to break seal and burp or squeal out escaping air.
The RemZzzs Padded Liners are made from a special blend of natural fibers that help to prevent leaks and irritation, while absorbing facial oils and moisture.
- How do I care for my humidifier?
Here are some items that can help with caring for your humidifier:
- How do I clean a CPAP hose?
Your CPAP hose will last longer if it is detached every morning and hung to air dry.
Drying the hose each morning will also prevent bacteria from growing in the damp interior and help reduce the possibility of colds and other health issues. Remember, what is in the hose goes into the airway.
If you are not drying the hose daily, then be sure to replace the hose very frequently as negative health issues will result!
Hose care tips:
- Remove the hose by gripping the end or cuff, not the hose itself
- Hang the hose to dry after each use
- Wash hose weekly to avoid residue and maintain health
- Protect the hose from curious pets
Hose care tools:
- A Hose Quick Connect helps the tube to easily disconnect from the humidifier
- Purdoux Mask and Hose Soap is specially formulated mild soap designed to clean a CPAP hose and mask.
- The Tube Cleaning System is a tube care kit to rinse, soak and dry the hose.
- The CPAP Tube Brush Second Gen is used to scrub the inside of a tube. It is available for both slim line and standard diameter hoses.
- The Republic of Sleep Hose Cover wraps the length of the tube in soft fleece material. Although its intention is to help reduce rainout (water collecting in the tube) many CPAP users report it deters pets from using the hose as a chew toy.
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- What is Control III Disinfectant Germicide?
This is a hospital grade germicide and disinfectant. It contains an extremely effective formula that has two unique quaternary compounds that act as a broad-spectrum disinfectant.
- Is Control III used extensively for respiratory therapy home care?
- Nationally, Control III is the trusted product of choice for disinfecting home care respiratory supplies and equipment.
- How do I avoid getting tangled in CPAP hoses?
There are a few ways to keep from getting tangled up in your CPAP tubing. Try running your CPAP hose behind the headboard of your bed. Also, there are several types of suspension systems we carry here at CPAP.com. You can see the different types of Hose Management Systems under our Comfort & Cleaning section. One example is the HoseBuddy Tangle Free CPAP Hose Suspension System:
- Why might I want to use Aromatherapy with my Machine?
Pleasant smells induce strong feelings of calm, comfort, and relaxation. The sense of smell is part of the brain's emotional centers and cognitive distraction (the ability to exclude other distracting stimuli) is an important feature of human olfaction.
Some people do not like the "machine" smell which can be delivered from the machine. The aromatherapy can help control the scent you smell when going to sleep.
Some people tend to feel claustrophobic when using their CPAP. Having relaxing scents delivered through the machine can reduce the anxiety levels to reach a higher comfort level.
CPAP Aromatherapy consists of a variety of different essential oils which are applied to the included diffuser pad and placed in front of the machine's air intake. You should not apply essential oils directly to the machine filter, because it would break down the machine filter. You should also not add the essential oil to the humidifier chamber water, because it can damage your humidifier chamber.
Here are some suggested Aromatherapy items:
Vapor Clear Sinus Blaster
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- Are essential oils safe?
Essential oils are derived from botanical elements (citrus, leaves, flowers, herbs, etc.) through a simple distillation technique. CPAP Aromatherapy only uses the highest, therapeutic-grade quality, 100% pure essential oils. All of the essential oils used in CPAP therapy are disclosed on the label. CPAP.com uses only those essential oils that are listed on the "Generally Recognized as Safe" for human consumption list maintained by the FDA.
Please do not use this product if you have concerns about possible allergic reactions or other effects from exposure to essential oils. While essential oils are safe for human consumption, they are pure, undiluted and might cause irritation when applied directly to the skin or mucous membranes. It is strongly advised to keep essential oils out of the reach of children and please avoid all direct contact with eyes and mucous membranes. You should wash off essential oils with warm, soapy water.
- Is it safe to use essential oils all night?
- Indeed. People quickly become acclimated to the scents and research has shown that the olfactory sense basically turns off while you are asleep. You will smell the pleasant aroma when you need it the most; while relaxing and falling asleep and also again when you awaken. Remember, we are talking about extremely small quantities of aromatics (a little goes a long way) and all of the essential oils sold on CPAP.com are considered safe for human consumption by the FDA.
- Can aromatherapy work with my APAP, VPAP, BiLevel?
- CPAP Aromatherapy is compatible with all CPAP and BIPAP machines. Aromatherapy releases a minute amount of fragrance into the air prior to being taken into your CPAP/BIPAP machine. Place the diffuser near the air-intake and turn your machine on.
- Can I use cotton balls?
- It is highly advised that you do not use any other materials besides the supplied Diffusion Pads, which are specifically engineered for use in the diffuser. There is a risk that any other materials may become dislodged or cause problems and the rates of diffusion could also differ if other materials are used.
- Can I re-use the diffusion pads?
- Diffusion Pads are made of durable fabrics and may be hand-washed and re-used. Simply wash with a mild detergent, rinse well, and air dry.
- Are these products approved by the FDA?
- The CPAP Aromatherapy products are not medications nor are they medical devices. They are considered "cosmetics" under the US Federal Food and Drug Act and related regulations. While there is certainly evidence that some essential oils might have a therapeutic value (for instance lavender oil potentially improving deep sleep), essential oils used for their aromatic qualities are regulated by the FDA as cosmetics. CPAP Aromatherapy products are in full compliance with FDA laws and regulations pertaining to cosmetics.
- Why would I want to insulate my CPAP hose?
Cool air holds less moisture than warm air. If warm air from a heated humidifier cools while moving through the CPAP hose, water will condense inside the hose rather than travel to the user. The condensation that accumulates inside the CPAP hose is referred to as "rainout."
Insulating the CPAP hose will help maintain the moisture in the airflow all the way to the mask.
Here are some hose insulators we carry:
Insulated Hose Cover
Zippered Tubing Wrap
Tubing Wrap for SlimLine Hoses
- How will the bFan stop my night sweats?
Night Sweats generate significant heat that causes extreme sweating while you sleep. The bFan helps to cool down your body with a constant, gentle flow of air that lowers the temperature of your body and reduces unnecessary sweating.
Dr. Oz recommended the bFan for help reducing night sweats.
The bFan's speed and intensity is controlled by a remote, and it's designed to keep you cool while allowing you to have a higher ambient room temperature, saving on energy bills.
- What is the Lumin CPAP Mask and Accessories Cleaner?
The Lumin CPAP Mask and Accessories Cleaner is a no-mess, easy way to sanitize a CPAP mask and accessories. The Lumin uses a five-minute cycle of disinfecting UV light to kill bacteria. No harsh chemicals required. During sanitization, the items are closed inside of a failsafe chamber, ensuring there is no exposure to the UV light inside. In five minutes, the items are sanitized and can be returned to use. For anyone tired of meticulously cleaning CPAP equipment, the Lumin is an excellent choice.
- How Do I Clean the CPAP Humidifier Tank?
Cleaning a CPAP humidifier tank (also called a CPAP humidifier chamber) is reasonably straightforward. Mild soap and water can be used for most cleanings. The humidifier chamber should be cleaned at least once a week, with a deep cleaning once a month. If there are mineral deposits at the bottom of the tank, clean it using a mixture of vinegar and water. Mineral deposits form at the bottom of a humidifier tank every time the tank is filled with tap water. Tap water has added minerals and other chemicals to improve taste and make water healthier to drink. When using humidification with a CPAP machine, the water in the tank slowly evaporates. When it's all gone, the only thing left are the minerals and chemicals, forming a hard, chalky film at the bottom of the humidifier.
This substance is not easy to clean and will require some scrubbing. By making one easy change, it's possible to avoid having any deposits form at all. Using distilled water (water which has all the minerals and chemicals removed), helps maintain a cleaner tank and reduces the chances of that chalky film buildup. If distilled water becomes part of a regular regimen, there will be less cleaning required (maybe only once a week), and the CPAP equipment will last longer. Cleaning a CPAP humidifier tank is an important part of daily therapy, and is a great way to help improve the longevity of your device.
- How Do I Disinfect the CPAP Mask and Hose?
Disinfecting a CPAP mask and hose isn't as difficult as one might think. It's a fairly straightforward process that will help prolong the life of any device and will go a long way to improving overall health.
Disinfecting a CPAP mask is fairly easy. Many people clean their mask with mild soap and water, but there's a chance you won't be able to kill all the germs. For a total clean, we recommend using a product like the Lumin CPAP Cleaner. The Lumin CPAP Cleaner uses sanitizing UV light to kill all bacteria in around 5 minutes. The Lumin isn't a dishwasher, and doesn't use water, clean, or scrub. The Lumin works by using powerful UV light to quickly and quietly sanitize the surface of a CPAP mask, killing 99.9% of all germs. Any deposits on the surface of the mask will need to be cleaned by hand.
For cleaning a hose, the makers of the Lumin have recently come out with a UV hose cleaner companion to the Lumin called the Lumin Bullet. Like the Lumin, the Lumin Bullet uses powerful disinfecting light fo sanitize the inside of the hose, and is simple and easy to use. The Lumin Bullet works on most hoses, but will not work on the ClimateLine Air, ClimateLine Oxy, and DreamStation Go Micro Tubing. It should work on most other hoses.
To clean a hose the traditional way, a solution of vinegar and water is needed, and should be run it through the length of the hose to disinfect the interior of the CPAP hose. You can also try cleaning your hose with Purdoux Mask and Hose Soap, a specially formulated soap designed to clean a CPAP hose and mask. Hang over a towel rack to drip dry. Make sure the equipment completely drips-dry before using again. Exposing damp equipment to the moisture coming from a CPAP machine can cause the formation of mold and promote the growth of bacteria. Consider using a tube brush to remove any deposits that may be stuck in the hose. It's also recommended to consider cleaning the interior of your hose with mild soap and water, which is also an alternative if no vinegar is available.
- How Do I Dry My CPAP Hose?
Drying a CPAP hose is tricky, because of it's length and the narrow width of the ends. Never stick paper or cloth into the CPAP hose while trying to dry it. The paper can tear and get stuck in the hose. When this happens, humidity from the machine can turn the paper into a breeding ground for mold or germs. If this happens, the hose has to be replaced, as it would be polluting the therapy air with spores and bacteria that can make a person really sick.
The best way to dry the hose is by hanging it over a towel rack with both ends pointing down. Over the course of a few hours, the water will drain out completely and hose will naturally dry on its own. When ready to go to bed, shake the hose gently and see if any water drips out. If so, allow the hose to dry completely before the next use.
- What Cleaning Products Do You Recommend for Cleaning a Mask or Hose?
If you're trying to clean a CPAP mask or hose, you can use any number of products. It's best to use a mild soap with no fragrance, though some prefer soap that has a light scent. For cleaning your hose, a solution of vinegar and water will do. If you wanted to buy cleaning products to aid you with a deeper clean, here are some suggestions:
CPAP Mask Wipes
- RoS Unscented Mask Wipes (Citrus - also available)
- Contour Lavender Mask Wipes
- Purdoux CPAP Mask Wipes with Grapefruit and Lemon Scent
- Purdoux Travel Mask Wipes
CPAP Cleaning Spray
Beware! Most household cleaning sprays are not safe to use with your CPAP equipment. For a safe alternative, consider using the CleanSmart CPAP Disinfecting Spray, a cleaning spray designed to be safe for use with CPAP machines.
CPAP Sanitizers like the Lumin CPAP Cleaner and the Lumin Bullet are designed to sanitize CPAP masks and accessories, while the Lumin Bullet specializes in cleaning the inside of the hose. These sanitizers use UV light to do the disinfecting and don't rely on ozone or activated oxygen, and are safer to use with no waiting period after you disinfect. You can use it right away.
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- CPAP equipment should be kept clean to avoid health issues like colds.
- If you are waking up with red marks, visit our page on Skin Irritation Products to view padded mask straps and mask liners intended to prevent sores and pressure marks.
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