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How to Clean a Nebulizer Machine


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Cleaning your nebulizer machine regularly will keep the equipment from clogging and help it last longer.  Regular cleaning of your nebulizer machine also helps prevent germs and bacteria that can cause respiratory infection.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and storage of your nebulizer machine.  Remember that not all nebulizer machine parts are dishwasher safe.

After each use:

1. Remove the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow from the cup of your nebulizer machine.  Remove the tubing and set it aside.  The tubing should not be washed or rinsed.

2. Rinse the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow in warm, running water for 30 seconds. Use distilled or sterile water for rinsing, if possible.

3. Shake off excess water and air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel.

4. Put the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow, cup, and tubing back together, and connect the device to the compressor.  Run the nebulizer machine for 10 to 20 seconds to dry the inside of it.

5. Disconnect the tubing from the compressor.  Make sure every part of the nebulizer machine is dry before storing it.

6. Place a cover over the compressor.

Once every day:

1. Remove the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow from the cup.  Remove the tubing and set it aside.  The tubing should not be washed or rinsed.

2. Wash the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow with a mild dishwashing soap and warm water.

3. Rinse under a strong stream of water for 30 seconds.  Use distilled or sterile water if possible.

4. Shake off excess water.  Air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel.

5. Put the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow, cup, and tubing back together and connect the device to the compressor.  Run the nebulizer machine for 10 to 20 seconds to dry the inside of the nebulizer.

 6. Disconnect the tubing from the compressor.  Place a cover over the compressor.

Once or twice a week:

1. Remove the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow from the cup of your nebulizer machine.  Remove the tubing, which does not get washed or rinsed.

2. Wash the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow with a mild dishwashing soap and warm water.

3. Rinse under a strong stream of water for 30 seconds.

4. Soak for 30 minutes in a solution of one part distilled white vinegar and two parts distilled water.  After use, throw out the vinegar and water solution; do not re-use it.

5. Rinse the nebulizer parts again under warm, running water for one minute or rinse with distilled or sterile water, if possible.

6. Shake off excess water.  Air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel.

7. Put the mask or mouthpiece and T-shaped elbow, cup, and tubing back together, and connect the nebulizer pieces to the compressor.  Run the nebulizer machine for 10 to 20 seconds to dry the inside of the nebulizer thoroughly.

8. Disconnect the tubing from the compressor.  Make sure the nebulizer is completely dry before storing it in a sealed plastic bag.

9. Clean the surface of the compressor with a well-wrung, soapy cloth or sponge.  You could also use an alcohol or disinfectant wipe.

10. Never put the compressor in water.

11. Wash your mask in soapy water and rinse well before using the nebulizer machine again.

For tips on how to use a nebulizer, follow the link below:

• How to Use a Nebulizer

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