The Ozone From CPAP Sanitizers Is NOT Dangerous For Your Health! And Here’s Why...
While most brand-name CPAP sanitizers with ozone sanitizing technology should be considered safe and recommendable for daily use, we will focus on the PrimeClean® CPAP Cleaner, CPAP sanitizer with ozone sanitizing technology, as as how case example of high quality, brand name, CPAP cleaner.
Used in cleaners like PrimeClean, activated oxygen (ozone) has been shown to have multiple benefits over other ways of cleaning the CPAP. As explained in PrimeClean FAQ section, A naturally occurring gas, ozone is extremely safe when it is used properly! PrimeClean is designed to safely use ozone in a cleaning bag, rather than sending it directly out into the room. Also, although it should be used daily, the process of sanitizing lasts only 30 minutes; so there is definitely no risk of long exposure, and the ozone concentration levels while used, are extremely low and safely under recommended limits for humans.
Ozone from PrimeClean CPAP Cleaner is concentrated and safely contained with in the PrimeClean bag, and in such environment it works as a sanitizing agent to kill live bacteria and any living particles things in CPAP equipment stored in sanitizing bag. Since it is contained in sanitizing bag, it is not directly dispersed in the room where sanitation is being done, so in time, once the ozone comes in contact with the air it quickly dissipates, thus keeping the room concentration safely under the recommended limit.
Why Is There A “Clean” Scent On The CPAP Mask After Sanitizing? Is It Ozone? Is It Dangerous?
Some of the users of the PrimeClean CPAP Cleaner noticed a specific “clean” smell of their CPAP equipment after the sanitation process is finished. Most users don’t have any issues with it, some even like it… That "clean" smell is sometimes described as similar to the scented air after heavy rain or thunderstorm. In fact, the scent in both cases is caused by ozone. Ozone occurs naturally after lightning storms and is also the sanitizing agent we use. Even though you can feel/smell it, it is still safe to use it right away, there is no risk of elevated ozone concentration in your CPAP equipment! If you do not like the smell, just let the tube sit outside the bag for a while and residue ozone will dissipate and the smell won’t be present. Or, you can run your CPAP for a few minutes before you put it on to further reduce the scent.