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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    I have tried to research on Google ways to clean the machine and mask parts but I have yet to find any easy ways to do so. Maybe I am just not looking in the right places.

    Anyway, I was wondering what techniques you use and find convenient. Also, how many times should we be cleaning the masks parts and machine?

    What would be the best way to let the mask parts dry so that they don't get contaminated? I heard there are sterilizers, are there any that people could recommend or are these even necessary?

    Sorry for all the questions just trying to help my love the best I can. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">
    Thanks in advance. And if it helps my husband uses Pari LC Plus masks. He has two. One with a blue little flap on the mouth piece that he uses for his Pulmozyme and the other one as a pep mask accessory attached on it in which he uses for his other medicines (salbutamol, pulmicort, 2 tobramycin in the on months, and one saline in the off months). His nebulizer machine is called Inspiration. So if anyone knows how to clean these two particular things, that would be great.

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    I have tried to research on Google ways to clean the machine and mask parts but I have yet to find any easy ways to do so. Maybe I am just not looking in the right places.

    Anyway, I was wondering what techniques you use and find convenient. Also, how many times should we be cleaning the masks parts and machine?

    What would be the best way to let the mask parts dry so that they don't get contaminated? I heard there are sterilizers, are there any that people could recommend or are these even necessary?

    Sorry for all the questions just trying to help my love the best I can. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">
    Thanks in advance. And if it helps my husband uses Pari LC Plus masks. He has two. One with a blue little flap on the mouth piece that he uses for his Pulmozyme and the other one as a pep mask accessory attached on it in which he uses for his other medicines (salbutamol, pulmicort, 2 tobramycin in the on months, and one saline in the off months). His nebulizer machine is called Inspiration. So if anyone knows how to clean these two particular things, that would be great.

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    I have tried to research on Google ways to clean the machine and mask parts but I have yet to find any easy ways to do so. Maybe I am just not looking in the right places.
    <br />
    <br />Anyway, I was wondering what techniques you use and find convenient. Also, how many times should we be cleaning the masks parts and machine?
    <br />
    <br />What would be the best way to let the mask parts dry so that they don't get contaminated? I heard there are sterilizers, are there any that people could recommend or are these even necessary?
    <br />
    <br />Sorry for all the questions just trying to help my love the best I can. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">
    <br />Thanks in advance. And if it helps my husband uses Pari LC Plus masks. He has two. One with a blue little flap on the mouth piece that he uses for his Pulmozyme and the other one as a pep mask accessory attached on it in which he uses for his other medicines (salbutamol, pulmicort, 2 tobramycin in the on months, and one saline in the off months). His nebulizer machine is called Inspiration. So if anyone knows how to clean these two particular things, that would be great.

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    Well, I don't clean my actual machine beyond wiping it down.

    I'm a bit confused as to whether you really mean masks or regular nebulizers. I use the Pari LC plus and LC sprint. If it's actually a mask, I don't know anything about cleaning those as I've never used one.

    With my LC plus and LC sprint, I presently use a Philips Avent bottle sterilizer. It sterilizes with steam and takes only 6 minutes. Also, I have a Germ Guardian (toy sterilizer technically). It sterilizes with heat. I've been told it shouldn't be used on its own for sterilizing as it doesn't kill 100% of the bacteria, but I like the dry heat. So--after every round of treatments, I run all of my neb parts through hot, soapy water to remove the medicine, put them in the steamer to sterilize them (and it keeps them sterile for 6 hours, then runs the cycle again), then before I use them run them through a cycle on the Germ Guardian so they're dry.

    I just learned about doing it that way a while ago on this site. Before that, I washed them in hot, soapy water after every treatment and periodically boiled them. Everyone seems to have a different protocol for doing that. I bring the water to a boil, then allow them to boil for 20 minutes. Also, they have to air dry every time you use them, so I used to just lay the parts out on paper towels to dry.

    Hope this helps!

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    Well, I don't clean my actual machine beyond wiping it down.

    I'm a bit confused as to whether you really mean masks or regular nebulizers. I use the Pari LC plus and LC sprint. If it's actually a mask, I don't know anything about cleaning those as I've never used one.

    With my LC plus and LC sprint, I presently use a Philips Avent bottle sterilizer. It sterilizes with steam and takes only 6 minutes. Also, I have a Germ Guardian (toy sterilizer technically). It sterilizes with heat. I've been told it shouldn't be used on its own for sterilizing as it doesn't kill 100% of the bacteria, but I like the dry heat. So--after every round of treatments, I run all of my neb parts through hot, soapy water to remove the medicine, put them in the steamer to sterilize them (and it keeps them sterile for 6 hours, then runs the cycle again), then before I use them run them through a cycle on the Germ Guardian so they're dry.

    I just learned about doing it that way a while ago on this site. Before that, I washed them in hot, soapy water after every treatment and periodically boiled them. Everyone seems to have a different protocol for doing that. I bring the water to a boil, then allow them to boil for 20 minutes. Also, they have to air dry every time you use them, so I used to just lay the parts out on paper towels to dry.

    Hope this helps!

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    Well, I don't clean my actual machine beyond wiping it down.
    <br />
    <br />I'm a bit confused as to whether you really mean masks or regular nebulizers. I use the Pari LC plus and LC sprint. If it's actually a mask, I don't know anything about cleaning those as I've never used one.
    <br />
    <br />With my LC plus and LC sprint, I presently use a Philips Avent bottle sterilizer. It sterilizes with steam and takes only 6 minutes. Also, I have a Germ Guardian (toy sterilizer technically). It sterilizes with heat. I've been told it shouldn't be used on its own for sterilizing as it doesn't kill 100% of the bacteria, but I like the dry heat. So--after every round of treatments, I run all of my neb parts through hot, soapy water to remove the medicine, put them in the steamer to sterilize them (and it keeps them sterile for 6 hours, then runs the cycle again), then before I use them run them through a cycle on the Germ Guardian so they're dry.
    <br />
    <br />I just learned about doing it that way a while ago on this site. Before that, I washed them in hot, soapy water after every treatment and periodically boiled them. Everyone seems to have a different protocol for doing that. I bring the water to a boil, then allow them to boil for 20 minutes. Also, they have to air dry every time you use them, so I used to just lay the parts out on paper towels to dry.
    <br />
    <br />Hope this helps!

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    I too was confused about your use of the term 'mask', as most adults don't use them. Does he put a mouthpiece directly in his mouth or does a mask actually cover his nose and mouth? At any rate, we use the Pari LC Plus nebs as well. We take them apart into the 4 pieces, wash with warm soapy water and then run through a cycle of a plug-in bottle sterilizer as Jana does above, too. I don't use something separate to dry them... I take them out still steaming hot, shake them off, and put them on a rack to dry. I like using a metal baking rack that has little legs to stand on; it's easy to keep clean and circulates more air than setting them on paper towels directly on the counter.

    Emily occasionally uses a mask attached to the neb; when she does we run that through the sterilizer too and it does ok (it might not hold up to actual boiling; never tried.) I only asked if your dh actually uses one because some of the masks cannot be boiled the way the nebulizer parts can.

    The compressor itself should only be wiped clean of any dust. The tubing itself connecting the Pari neb cup to the compressor should never be washed/gotten wet on the inside- it cannot be dried well enough and therefore would provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It should just be replaced every so often (we are told every couple months.)

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    I too was confused about your use of the term 'mask', as most adults don't use them. Does he put a mouthpiece directly in his mouth or does a mask actually cover his nose and mouth? At any rate, we use the Pari LC Plus nebs as well. We take them apart into the 4 pieces, wash with warm soapy water and then run through a cycle of a plug-in bottle sterilizer as Jana does above, too. I don't use something separate to dry them... I take them out still steaming hot, shake them off, and put them on a rack to dry. I like using a metal baking rack that has little legs to stand on; it's easy to keep clean and circulates more air than setting them on paper towels directly on the counter.

    Emily occasionally uses a mask attached to the neb; when she does we run that through the sterilizer too and it does ok (it might not hold up to actual boiling; never tried.) I only asked if your dh actually uses one because some of the masks cannot be boiled the way the nebulizer parts can.

    The compressor itself should only be wiped clean of any dust. The tubing itself connecting the Pari neb cup to the compressor should never be washed/gotten wet on the inside- it cannot be dried well enough and therefore would provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It should just be replaced every so often (we are told every couple months.)

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    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    I too was confused about your use of the term 'mask', as most adults don't use them. Does he put a mouthpiece directly in his mouth or does a mask actually cover his nose and mouth? At any rate, we use the Pari LC Plus nebs as well. We take them apart into the 4 pieces, wash with warm soapy water and then run through a cycle of a plug-in bottle sterilizer as Jana does above, too. I don't use something separate to dry them... I take them out still steaming hot, shake them off, and put them on a rack to dry. I like using a metal baking rack that has little legs to stand on; it's easy to keep clean and circulates more air than setting them on paper towels directly on the counter.
    <br />
    <br />Emily occasionally uses a mask attached to the neb; when she does we run that through the sterilizer too and it does ok (it might not hold up to actual boiling; never tried.) I only asked if your dh actually uses one because some of the masks cannot be boiled the way the nebulizer parts can.
    <br />
    <br />The compressor itself should only be wiped clean of any dust. The tubing itself connecting the Pari neb cup to the compressor should never be washed/gotten wet on the inside- it cannot be dried well enough and therefore would provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It should just be replaced every so often (we are told every couple months.)

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  10. #10

    Cleaning nebulizer machine and mask?

    I boil my daughter's nebs for 10 minutes before each use. This will achieve proper sterilization. She also uses a mask which cannot be boiled...instead I spray it with PureGreen24 (a disinfectant that kills everything!!) and leave the solution on the mask to dry while the nebs are boiling. I use the boiled water from the nebs to rinse the mask. After air-drying, they are ready for use.

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