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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review of SoClean sanitizing unit

  The SoClean CPAP sanitizing unit definitely falls under the category of “What will they think of next?”
  I recently had a chance to try out the interesting device from Massachusetts-based Better Rest Solutions. In a nutshell, you put your mask (with the hose and straps still attached) in a black box a bit larger than a toaster, set the timer and bacteria and mold are blasted away in a few minutes.
  Perhaps that is oversimplifying things. The process is very scientific and, dare I say, ingenious. Inventor Timothy Leyva, who suffers from sleep apnea, created a device that generates “activated oxygen” and pumps it through the CPAP reservoir, hose and mask.
  The SoClean user guide reports activated oxygen is a natural process that kills bacteria, mold and viruses upon contact.
  The machine only needs to run for about five minutes but the items should be left inside for about 2 hours to complete the process.
  “The SoClean allows for daily, hands-free sanitizing of CPAP machines,” said Leyva, in a press release. “Having a freshly-sanitized CPAP machine will prevent bacteria build-up helping to avoid respiratory infections and make for a significantly better user experience.”
  Leyva added, “Knowing that the CPAP is always clean, ready, and safe to use increases the likelihood that sleep apnea sufferers will wear it every night.”
  It is definitely much less labor-intensive than hand-washing everything. In fact, the timer can be set just once for the SoClean to run at the same time each day. Just drop the mask in, close the lid and be on your way.
  The best part is that the cleaning occurs without having to disassemble everything. Trust me, us CPAP users hate that. (So much so that it leads to putting off much needed cleanings). The device hooks into the CPAP unit so the reservoir is being cleaned at the same time as the mask via the hose.
  SoClean is touted as an environmentally-safe means of avoiding bacteria build-up that occurs over time even with regular soap and water cleanings.
  There is a distinct scent that your mask has when it emerges from SoClean. The company describes it as a very mild bleach smell (similar to after a thunderstorm) that can be dissipated by blowing air through the mask for about 15 seconds prior to use.
  This worked for the most part. The scent takes some getting used to but the mask (and the air I’m breathing through it) does feel clean. The convenience is certainly welcome for this CPAP user who has a busy life like everyone else.
  SoClean is a bit intimidating when it arrives but I was able to figure it out via the manual and instructional videos online. Once you are in the groove of using it, it couldn’t be more simple.
  Regular readers of this blog know I’m a steadfast advocate of CPAP use and anything that will increase its effectiveness and the chances of people sticking with it. SoClean falls into this category.
  Visit for much more information.
  Also click here to see an effective graphic from the company about the impact of sleep apnea.


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Blogger albert said...

I've read many reviews but I remain unconvinced.People review and blog that the machine really helps but I haven't seen any scientific reviews based on whether or not there actually is a "sanitization" based on reduction or elimination of bacteria, mold,or any other impurity.lf there are such test resulys l'd love to know about them.

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Hey Jessica! I have visited that website they are not providing any cleaning services.

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Blogger CPAP Machine Reviews said...

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January 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM 
Blogger Wayne Johnson said...

"Activated Oxygen" is just marketing speak for Ozone. This machine is ozone generator. Ozone's does have the ability to kill bacteria and viruses in high does, but it is not clear if this machine does that as no test results have been released. There is also the possibility that ozone will break down any rubber and some plastic parts in your CPAP machine. This company is way to marketing focused and is extremely secretive of the medical information. Do not trust this machine until they release the testing results.

January 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM 
Blogger Lorena Chavez said...

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Blogger Joanna said...

Soclean really good thing. Now, with cheap price Soclean 2 is a must have device.

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February 3, 2017 at 8:09 AM 
Blogger Jennifer Christman said...

Has anyone using SoClean experienced sinus infections? Husband has been using a CPAP for 1 year without a problem. Got a SoClean in December 2016 and has had 2 sinus infections since. Not saying it's the machine; just want to know anyone has had the same experience. Thanks.

March 19, 2017 at 2:32 PM 
Blogger Volusiagirl said...

Yes, Jennifer...I have used a Cpap and lastly, a Bpap...because I was getting sinus infections as well as my mucosa was drying out (or at least that's the way it felt- with cold symptoms). I was MISERABLE. If I used either machine for more than 3 or 4 days, I got sick. I was cleaning my machine and parts just as I was told, with distilled water and cleaner EVERY DAY, with no effect. I had to quit using it because of this, so I am VERY intersted in whether this product WORKS or not. I don't buy into the hype..because of the expense, but if it WORKS so I can quit snoring and not sleeping well, then I will definitely buy it !

May 17, 2017 at 12:56 PM 
Blogger Joe M said...

Just got a so clean unit and experienced an increase noise level? I have a Dream machine with a humidifier. Took the adapter off and hook the unit directly for sleep and replaced the adapter for cleaning. Anyone else experience an increased noise level?

May 18, 2017 at 5:39 AM 
Blogger Yup said...

Interesting Fact Sheet from the Connecticut Department of Health ( Their determination is that these shouldn't be used because ozone (or "activated oxygen," as the marketing departments cleverly call it) is harmful to your lungs.

October 3, 2017 at 10:52 PM 
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December 12, 2017 at 4:21 PM 
Blogger Sam Hill said...

Save your money. Once a week I run a few shots of quality vodka through my hose mask and water reservoir. Been doing it for years . Sanitize is great and I haven't had any issue with the plastic degrading. Cheers!

December 12, 2017 at 4:25 PM 
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