Wow, lots of different experiences. Great to see everyones experience.
For those that can keep their equipment clean without a sanitizer, I am truly happy for you. I honestly wish I had good experience with it, but I don’t.
My hand wash process was as recommended by my doc initially, as well as the resperatory therapist, which was to fill a sterile bucket with vinegar water, 1 cup white vinegar and fill up about 3/4 of the way a 2 gallon bucket, and submerge the mask, tank, and hose. Inevitably I would have to find and use something to weight down the stuff, most particularly the hose. Let soak for 1 hour, and then scrub the tank with one of those tiny brush things, and then rinse it all with hot water, and then hang dry in the shower.
No matter what I did, by the time I was week 4 or so of new hose / mask, tank etc… and I would get funky growth in the tank, and the hose. I would end up spending about 2 hours with a finy toothbrush scrubbing the funk out of the tank, and a bleach water soak for the hose to finally get it all sterile, followed by my manual washing method.
All told I was spending an hour a day before it started getting funky to try to prevent the funk, and even when it went bad, I could spend over 2 hours cleaning. It was NOT time effective, nor cleanliness effective, and if I wasn’t staying on top of it, and didn’t notice the growth of funk, I could almost guarantee a sinus infection.
The colleague with the SoClean that was having issues is the only person I have heard of having issues with a sanitizer, other than the smell of Ozone.
My method for my Respify is easy,and literally takes less than 2 minutes of my effort.
WIth the unit charged, pull the tank, hose, and mask, remove the headgear and dump the leftover water from the tank. Blow the water out with my wifes hair dryer (I don’t otherwise need one). Toss the stuff in the bag, turn the unit on, toss it in the bag, zip it up, and hang it on the door knob to the master bathroom. I go about my day.
In the evening, I take it all out, fill the tank, and put the tank, back in, plug the hose, and mask in, and put the headgear on. I run the unit free flowing for 8 minutes as I go about prepping for bed to blow the Ozone out completely, and when I am ready to go to sleep, I am clean and ready.
I know the SoClean is the popular one, but it wasn’t my favorite. To each their own right? They are nice though…