Nebulizer Cleaning Tips

Steps for nebulizer care-

Clean, Disinfect, Rinse, and Air dry


  • You should clean and dry each handset as soon as you are able to after treatment to reduce the risk of infection and help unclog the aerosol head to ensure proper operation. You may then batch disinfect all handsets at the end of the day.
  • DO NOT wash, or use any liquids with, the Altera Controller, Altera Nebulizer Connection Cord, AC Power Supply, or Plug Converters.
  • Use clear liquid soap designed for washing dishes. DO NOT use pearly, non-clear liquid dish soaps (eg, Ivory or Dove) or antibacterial liquid dish soaps. These may contain additives harmful to the equipment.


Heat methods:

  • Microwave for 5 minutes using bags provided by ModernHEALTH
  • Boil for 5 minutes, it is recommended that you use distilled water
  • Dishwasher if ≥ 158F for 30 minutes
  • Electric steam sterilizer (baby bottle sterilizer)

Cold Methods:

  • Soak in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes
  • Soak in 70% isopropyl alcohol for 3 minutes


  • Do not use tap water as a final rinse.
  • If using a cold method, after soaking, rinse with sterile water.
  • If using a heat method, rinsing is not necessary

Air dry

  • Shake access water off and place on a clean dry towel or paper towel and let air dry completely


  • Albuterol, Xopenex, Hypertonic Saline, Pulmozye & Pulmicort can be used with any nebulizer
  • The PARI LC + is the only approved nebulizer for TOBI and Colistin


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