As many Sleep Apnea patients can attest, using a CPAP humidifier makes CPAP therapy more comfortable. Without a thorough humidifier cleaning, a CPAP humidifier can do more harm than good. Here's more on why CPAP humidifier cleaning is so vital.
Pathogens and Mold
The good news is that the moisture and warmth of a CPAP humidifier is soothing for the throat and nasal passages. The bad news is that the same moisture and warmth is a breeding ground for pathogens and mold. The last thing you need to be breathing in is germs directly into your airway and without regular humidifier cleaning, that's exactly what happens.
You should really be using distilled water in your CPAP humidifier, bit if you've used tap or spring water, you may notice a white stain or film left behind. Per ResMed, "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 your humidifier regularly will help prevent this from happening.
How to Clean a CPAP Humidifier
There are many different methods you can use to clean your CPAP humidifier, such as washing daily with soap and water or soaking it in a mixture of white vinegar and water. But if that seems like a lot of trouble or you know you're not going to do that everyday, you can use Sleep8 CPAP to clean quickly and easily!