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fuel1316
05-01-2009, 09:46 PM
i have a 2mo old daughter that is going to be starting nebs (preventativly) and i read everyone here say keeping them clean is a major thing.. so is soap and water not good enough?

how do you clean them?

thanks for any info

-elisa

fuel1316
05-01-2009, 09:46 PM
i have a 2mo old daughter that is going to be starting nebs (preventativly) and i read everyone here say keeping them clean is a major thing.. so is soap and water not good enough?

how do you clean them?

thanks for any info

-elisa

fuel1316
05-01-2009, 09:46 PM
i have a 2mo old daughter that is going to be starting nebs (preventativly) and i read everyone here say keeping them clean is a major thing.. so is soap and water not good enough?

how do you clean them?

thanks for any info

-elisa

fuel1316
05-01-2009, 09:46 PM
i have a 2mo old daughter that is going to be starting nebs (preventativly) and i read everyone here say keeping them clean is a major thing.. so is soap and water not good enough?

how do you clean them?

thanks for any info

-elisa

fuel1316
05-01-2009, 09:46 PM
i have a 2mo old daughter that is going to be starting nebs (preventativly) and i read everyone here say keeping them clean is a major thing.. so is soap and water not good enough?
<br />
<br />how do you clean them?
<br />
<br />thanks for any info
<br />
<br />-elisa

tabbycat821
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
we were initially told to use vinegar but then a respitory therapist told us not to because the vinegar stays with it and it comes through when used. soap and water is fine.when you get the nebs be sure to ask just to be sure but thats what we were told and what the instructions said.

tabbycat821
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
we were initially told to use vinegar but then a respitory therapist told us not to because the vinegar stays with it and it comes through when used. soap and water is fine.when you get the nebs be sure to ask just to be sure but thats what we were told and what the instructions said.

tabbycat821
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
we were initially told to use vinegar but then a respitory therapist told us not to because the vinegar stays with it and it comes through when used. soap and water is fine.when you get the nebs be sure to ask just to be sure but thats what we were told and what the instructions said.

tabbycat821
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
we were initially told to use vinegar but then a respitory therapist told us not to because the vinegar stays with it and it comes through when used. soap and water is fine.when you get the nebs be sure to ask just to be sure but thats what we were told and what the instructions said.

tabbycat821
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
we were initially told to use vinegar but then a respitory therapist told us not to because the vinegar stays with it and it comes through when used. soap and water is fine.when you get the nebs be sure to ask just to be sure but thats what we were told and what the instructions said.

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:05 PM
Soap and water is a start, and it is necessary to remove the medication from the nebulizer cup (otherwise the medicine can block the holes. But the nebulizers need to be sterilized also. There are lots of methods. You can soak them in alcohol for 5 minutes or hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes, then rinse in STERILE water (not tap water, because it contains bacteria). Soaking in vinegar is not ok because it does not kill pseudomonas, I believe. Many nebs can be boiled to sterilize them. Just throw them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. (Make sure your brand of nebs can be boiled!) I use microwave sterilizing bags that are meant for sterilizing baby bottles and pumping equipment which steams the nebs. (They're called Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag.) So easy! Or you can use a counter top baby bottle sterilizer, which also uses steam. A dishwasher also can sterilize, but the water has to get up to 158 degrees. You can then dry the nebs by putting them out on paper towels to dry (make sure the paper towel doesn't get wet). Or I use a dryer (also meant for baby bottles) called a Germ Guardian. It uses heat to dry, and is a second round of germ killing. It's all really a hassle, but worth it. Good luck!

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:05 PM
Soap and water is a start, and it is necessary to remove the medication from the nebulizer cup (otherwise the medicine can block the holes. But the nebulizers need to be sterilized also. There are lots of methods. You can soak them in alcohol for 5 minutes or hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes, then rinse in STERILE water (not tap water, because it contains bacteria). Soaking in vinegar is not ok because it does not kill pseudomonas, I believe. Many nebs can be boiled to sterilize them. Just throw them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. (Make sure your brand of nebs can be boiled!) I use microwave sterilizing bags that are meant for sterilizing baby bottles and pumping equipment which steams the nebs. (They're called Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag.) So easy! Or you can use a counter top baby bottle sterilizer, which also uses steam. A dishwasher also can sterilize, but the water has to get up to 158 degrees. You can then dry the nebs by putting them out on paper towels to dry (make sure the paper towel doesn't get wet). Or I use a dryer (also meant for baby bottles) called a Germ Guardian. It uses heat to dry, and is a second round of germ killing. It's all really a hassle, but worth it. Good luck!

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:05 PM
Soap and water is a start, and it is necessary to remove the medication from the nebulizer cup (otherwise the medicine can block the holes. But the nebulizers need to be sterilized also. There are lots of methods. You can soak them in alcohol for 5 minutes or hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes, then rinse in STERILE water (not tap water, because it contains bacteria). Soaking in vinegar is not ok because it does not kill pseudomonas, I believe. Many nebs can be boiled to sterilize them. Just throw them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. (Make sure your brand of nebs can be boiled!) I use microwave sterilizing bags that are meant for sterilizing baby bottles and pumping equipment which steams the nebs. (They're called Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag.) So easy! Or you can use a counter top baby bottle sterilizer, which also uses steam. A dishwasher also can sterilize, but the water has to get up to 158 degrees. You can then dry the nebs by putting them out on paper towels to dry (make sure the paper towel doesn't get wet). Or I use a dryer (also meant for baby bottles) called a Germ Guardian. It uses heat to dry, and is a second round of germ killing. It's all really a hassle, but worth it. Good luck!

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:05 PM
Soap and water is a start, and it is necessary to remove the medication from the nebulizer cup (otherwise the medicine can block the holes. But the nebulizers need to be sterilized also. There are lots of methods. You can soak them in alcohol for 5 minutes or hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes, then rinse in STERILE water (not tap water, because it contains bacteria). Soaking in vinegar is not ok because it does not kill pseudomonas, I believe. Many nebs can be boiled to sterilize them. Just throw them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. (Make sure your brand of nebs can be boiled!) I use microwave sterilizing bags that are meant for sterilizing baby bottles and pumping equipment which steams the nebs. (They're called Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag.) So easy! Or you can use a counter top baby bottle sterilizer, which also uses steam. A dishwasher also can sterilize, but the water has to get up to 158 degrees. You can then dry the nebs by putting them out on paper towels to dry (make sure the paper towel doesn't get wet). Or I use a dryer (also meant for baby bottles) called a Germ Guardian. It uses heat to dry, and is a second round of germ killing. It's all really a hassle, but worth it. Good luck!

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:05 PM
Soap and water is a start, and it is necessary to remove the medication from the nebulizer cup (otherwise the medicine can block the holes. But the nebulizers need to be sterilized also. There are lots of methods. You can soak them in alcohol for 5 minutes or hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes, then rinse in STERILE water (not tap water, because it contains bacteria). Soaking in vinegar is not ok because it does not kill pseudomonas, I believe. Many nebs can be boiled to sterilize them. Just throw them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. (Make sure your brand of nebs can be boiled!) I use microwave sterilizing bags that are meant for sterilizing baby bottles and pumping equipment which steams the nebs. (They're called Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag.) So easy! Or you can use a counter top baby bottle sterilizer, which also uses steam. A dishwasher also can sterilize, but the water has to get up to 158 degrees. You can then dry the nebs by putting them out on paper towels to dry (make sure the paper towel doesn't get wet). Or I use a dryer (also meant for baby bottles) called a Germ Guardian. It uses heat to dry, and is a second round of germ killing. It's all really a hassle, but worth it. Good luck!

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby. She is adorable! I wish you much joy.

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby. She is adorable! I wish you much joy.

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby. She is adorable! I wish you much joy.

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby. She is adorable! I wish you much joy.

lhkraus
05-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby. She is adorable! I wish you much joy.

RonnieSharpe
05-01-2009, 11:29 PM
I bought a little portable electric tea kettle that I boil the water in and then soak them in a glass bowl. Sometimes I also will soak them in 5 parts water to one part bleach before I boil them.

Ronnie

RonnieSharpe
05-01-2009, 11:29 PM
I bought a little portable electric tea kettle that I boil the water in and then soak them in a glass bowl. Sometimes I also will soak them in 5 parts water to one part bleach before I boil them.

Ronnie

RonnieSharpe
05-01-2009, 11:29 PM
I bought a little portable electric tea kettle that I boil the water in and then soak them in a glass bowl. Sometimes I also will soak them in 5 parts water to one part bleach before I boil them.

Ronnie

RonnieSharpe
05-01-2009, 11:29 PM
I bought a little portable electric tea kettle that I boil the water in and then soak them in a glass bowl. Sometimes I also will soak them in 5 parts water to one part bleach before I boil them.

Ronnie

RonnieSharpe
05-01-2009, 11:29 PM
I bought a little portable electric tea kettle that I boil the water in and then soak them in a glass bowl. Sometimes I also will soak them in 5 parts water to one part bleach before I boil them.
<br />
<br />Ronnie

beleache
05-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Hi Elisa,

Gwendolynn is beautiful !!!

I use 5 different meds , so i have 4 sets for each med. this is so i dont have to do this every day.. I mark each one with the meds initials .. Here is my routine..

I wash each set with warm soapy water, then i boil them in separate pots for 10 minutes to sterilize ..

Some ppl use a baby bottle sterilizer in the micro ..

I put the sterilized nebs on clean paper towels to dry completely (this is important)

I use one set per med per day.. I wash them in soapy water after my AM dose & let them dry completely ..

I usually do them every 3 days..

Hope this helped, any questions please PM me..

Take care <img src="i/expressions/heart.gif" border="0"> joni

beleache
05-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Hi Elisa,

Gwendolynn is beautiful !!!

I use 5 different meds , so i have 4 sets for each med. this is so i dont have to do this every day.. I mark each one with the meds initials .. Here is my routine..

I wash each set with warm soapy water, then i boil them in separate pots for 10 minutes to sterilize ..

Some ppl use a baby bottle sterilizer in the micro ..

I put the sterilized nebs on clean paper towels to dry completely (this is important)

I use one set per med per day.. I wash them in soapy water after my AM dose & let them dry completely ..

I usually do them every 3 days..

Hope this helped, any questions please PM me..

Take care <img src="i/expressions/heart.gif" border="0"> joni

beleache
05-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Hi Elisa,

Gwendolynn is beautiful !!!

I use 5 different meds , so i have 4 sets for each med. this is so i dont have to do this every day.. I mark each one with the meds initials .. Here is my routine..

I wash each set with warm soapy water, then i boil them in separate pots for 10 minutes to sterilize ..

Some ppl use a baby bottle sterilizer in the micro ..

I put the sterilized nebs on clean paper towels to dry completely (this is important)

I use one set per med per day.. I wash them in soapy water after my AM dose & let them dry completely ..

I usually do them every 3 days..

Hope this helped, any questions please PM me..

Take care <img src="i/expressions/heart.gif" border="0"> joni

beleache
05-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Hi Elisa,

Gwendolynn is beautiful !!!

I use 5 different meds , so i have 4 sets for each med. this is so i dont have to do this every day.. I mark each one with the meds initials .. Here is my routine..

I wash each set with warm soapy water, then i boil them in separate pots for 10 minutes to sterilize ..

Some ppl use a baby bottle sterilizer in the micro ..

I put the sterilized nebs on clean paper towels to dry completely (this is important)

I use one set per med per day.. I wash them in soapy water after my AM dose & let them dry completely ..

I usually do them every 3 days..

Hope this helped, any questions please PM me..

Take care <img src="i/expressions/heart.gif" border="0"> joni

beleache
05-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Hi Elisa,
<br />
<br /> Gwendolynn is beautiful !!!
<br />
<br /> I use 5 different meds , so i have 4 sets for each med. this is so i dont have to do this every day.. I mark each one with the meds initials .. Here is my routine..
<br />
<br /> I wash each set with warm soapy water, then i boil them in separate pots for 10 minutes to sterilize ..
<br />
<br /> Some ppl use a baby bottle sterilizer in the micro ..
<br />
<br /> I put the sterilized nebs on clean paper towels to dry completely (this is important)
<br />
<br /> I use one set per med per day.. I wash them in soapy water after my AM dose & let them dry completely ..
<br />
<br />I usually do them every 3 days..
<br />
<br /> Hope this helped, any questions please PM me..
<br />
<br /> Take care <img src="i/expressions/heart.gif" border="0"> joni

saveferris2009
05-02-2009, 02:51 AM
lots and lots of threads on this.

please do a search...you'll get great ideas

saveferris2009
05-02-2009, 02:51 AM
lots and lots of threads on this.

please do a search...you'll get great ideas

saveferris2009
05-02-2009, 02:51 AM
lots and lots of threads on this.

please do a search...you'll get great ideas

saveferris2009
05-02-2009, 02:51 AM
lots and lots of threads on this.

please do a search...you'll get great ideas

saveferris2009
05-02-2009, 02:51 AM
lots and lots of threads on this.
<br />
<br />please do a search...you'll get great ideas

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:30 AM
i boil them everyday for at least 10 minutes. i never use a neb cup without boiling it first. most cf centers say that boiling is a very effective way of sanitizing them... and it's really not very hard to do.

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:30 AM
i boil them everyday for at least 10 minutes. i never use a neb cup without boiling it first. most cf centers say that boiling is a very effective way of sanitizing them... and it's really not very hard to do.

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:30 AM
i boil them everyday for at least 10 minutes. i never use a neb cup without boiling it first. most cf centers say that boiling is a very effective way of sanitizing them... and it's really not very hard to do.

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:30 AM
i boil them everyday for at least 10 minutes. i never use a neb cup without boiling it first. most cf centers say that boiling is a very effective way of sanitizing them... and it's really not very hard to do.

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:30 AM
i boil them everyday for at least 10 minutes. i never use a neb cup without boiling it first. most cf centers say that boiling is a very effective way of sanitizing them... and it's really not very hard to do.

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:31 AM
p.s. congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:31 AM
p.s. congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:31 AM
p.s. congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:31 AM
p.s. congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

Tumbleweed
05-02-2009, 03:31 AM
p.s. congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

mom2lillian
05-02-2009, 09:49 AM
FIRST good for you for being pro-active.

Secondly, buy a 'pasta pot' they are $20 and blue plastic and if you have hard water buy the kind from the grocery store you can refill your jugs for like 0.30 and then figure out how much time it takes to get a full 5 minute boil. I like it because you can pre-soak, boil, and drain all in the same thing and then hang them on a baby bottle rack while still steaming and they will dry nicely. It took me a long time to figure the easiest way out for me and this has worked. Also every once in a while I boil in vinegar water or soak in it to get any deposits that may be built up off.

mom2lillian
05-02-2009, 09:49 AM
FIRST good for you for being pro-active.

Secondly, buy a 'pasta pot' they are $20 and blue plastic and if you have hard water buy the kind from the grocery store you can refill your jugs for like 0.30 and then figure out how much time it takes to get a full 5 minute boil. I like it because you can pre-soak, boil, and drain all in the same thing and then hang them on a baby bottle rack while still steaming and they will dry nicely. It took me a long time to figure the easiest way out for me and this has worked. Also every once in a while I boil in vinegar water or soak in it to get any deposits that may be built up off.

mom2lillian
05-02-2009, 09:49 AM
FIRST good for you for being pro-active.

Secondly, buy a 'pasta pot' they are $20 and blue plastic and if you have hard water buy the kind from the grocery store you can refill your jugs for like 0.30 and then figure out how much time it takes to get a full 5 minute boil. I like it because you can pre-soak, boil, and drain all in the same thing and then hang them on a baby bottle rack while still steaming and they will dry nicely. It took me a long time to figure the easiest way out for me and this has worked. Also every once in a while I boil in vinegar water or soak in it to get any deposits that may be built up off.

mom2lillian
05-02-2009, 09:49 AM
FIRST good for you for being pro-active.

Secondly, buy a 'pasta pot' they are $20 and blue plastic and if you have hard water buy the kind from the grocery store you can refill your jugs for like 0.30 and then figure out how much time it takes to get a full 5 minute boil. I like it because you can pre-soak, boil, and drain all in the same thing and then hang them on a baby bottle rack while still steaming and they will dry nicely. It took me a long time to figure the easiest way out for me and this has worked. Also every once in a while I boil in vinegar water or soak in it to get any deposits that may be built up off.

mom2lillian
05-02-2009, 09:49 AM
FIRST good for you for being pro-active.
<br />
<br />Secondly, buy a 'pasta pot' they are $20 and blue plastic and if you have hard water buy the kind from the grocery store you can refill your jugs for like 0.30 and then figure out how much time it takes to get a full 5 minute boil. I like it because you can pre-soak, boil, and drain all in the same thing and then hang them on a baby bottle rack while still steaming and they will dry nicely. It took me a long time to figure the easiest way out for me and this has worked. Also every once in a while I boil in vinegar water or soak in it to get any deposits that may be built up off.

dbtoo
05-02-2009, 10:34 PM
i rinse mine with water. every once in a while, i toss it in the dish washer.

dbtoo
05-02-2009, 10:34 PM
i rinse mine with water. every once in a while, i toss it in the dish washer.

dbtoo
05-02-2009, 10:34 PM
i rinse mine with water. every once in a while, i toss it in the dish washer.

dbtoo
05-02-2009, 10:34 PM
i rinse mine with water. every once in a while, i toss it in the dish washer.

dbtoo
05-02-2009, 10:34 PM
i rinse mine with water. every once in a while, i toss it in the dish washer.

MissKitty
05-05-2009, 03:40 AM
I have always wondered what the best way of cleaning a neb is too. I soak mine in 91% alcohol for about 10 minutes then rinse them with warm water. I used to use just soap and water then I found mold in one of my nebs and realized I needed to do more. Occasionally I will take an alcohol soaked q-tip and run it threw the hole and mouth piece just to make sure I got it all.

MissKitty
05-05-2009, 03:40 AM
I have always wondered what the best way of cleaning a neb is too. I soak mine in 91% alcohol for about 10 minutes then rinse them with warm water. I used to use just soap and water then I found mold in one of my nebs and realized I needed to do more. Occasionally I will take an alcohol soaked q-tip and run it threw the hole and mouth piece just to make sure I got it all.

MissKitty
05-05-2009, 03:40 AM
I have always wondered what the best way of cleaning a neb is too. I soak mine in 91% alcohol for about 10 minutes then rinse them with warm water. I used to use just soap and water then I found mold in one of my nebs and realized I needed to do more. Occasionally I will take an alcohol soaked q-tip and run it threw the hole and mouth piece just to make sure I got it all.

MissKitty
05-05-2009, 03:40 AM
I have always wondered what the best way of cleaning a neb is too. I soak mine in 91% alcohol for about 10 minutes then rinse them with warm water. I used to use just soap and water then I found mold in one of my nebs and realized I needed to do more. Occasionally I will take an alcohol soaked q-tip and run it threw the hole and mouth piece just to make sure I got it all.

MissKitty
05-05-2009, 03:40 AM
I have always wondered what the best way of cleaning a neb is too. I soak mine in 91% alcohol for about 10 minutes then rinse them with warm water. I used to use just soap and water then I found mold in one of my nebs and realized I needed to do more. Occasionally I will take an alcohol soaked q-tip and run it threw the hole and mouth piece just to make sure I got it all.

mamaScarlett
05-05-2009, 10:52 AM
boiling water!

mamaScarlett
05-05-2009, 10:52 AM
boiling water!

mamaScarlett
05-05-2009, 10:52 AM
boiling water!

mamaScarlett
05-05-2009, 10:52 AM
boiling water!

mamaScarlett
05-05-2009, 10:52 AM
boiling water!