Suggestions for adhesive residue on Enlite transmitter


#1

I use my CGM 24/7. I try to clean the adhesive residue from the transmitter when I take it off for charging, but get so frustrated because it nothing seems to work.

I’ve tried alcohol pads, soap & water, Goo Gone and my nails. I’m afraid to try other methods that may hurt the transmitter.

What do you do?


#2

WD-40 is the best for sticky stuff - not kidding

you are not going to hurt it if you keep liquid from the hole

The dollar store has little spray cans for a buck - all you will ever need


#3

stick the test plug into the xmitter prior to using solvents.


#4

Great ideas guys. Thanks. Now I’m off to find the test plug, got some wd40 in the garage!


#5

I use Unisolve to remove sticky residue from my skin after removing a Dexcom sensor. It works very well! You can get little pads of it for a reasonable price on Amazon.


#6

Thanks!! I just ordered some to get the residue off my skin. Will try on the transmitter too.


#7

I’ve used UniSolve to get adhesive off the skin and it kinda works, but you have to keep scrubbing and rubbing. So instead of trying to get it all off, I just dust it with body powder. It doesn’t remove the residue, but makes it non-sticky. By the next day, everything is pretty much gone.


#8

When I pull mine off I use UniSolve on it while the sensor is still inserted. But regardless before you use anything on it (including water) make sure it has a sensor or plug in it.


#9

I asked Medtronic this once. I was already on the phone with them because a sensor had failed early due to two failed calibrations (sigh), so while I had them on the line, I asked.

They said to put the test plug in to seal the hole (otherwise it’s not water resistant). Then to use warm soapy water or alcohol pads.

I don’t do that very often. I use my fingernails after every sensor change to get as much as I can off, then use alcohol pads to get some more off after a couple of sensors. About once a quarter, give or take, I use warm soapy water.

Basically, I don’t try to keep it perfectly clean, as it’s a lost cause.

I don’t like using the test plug, since it tends to make my pump think a new sensor has been inserted. So I turn off the sensor in the pump’s settings, THEN do the cleaning, then turn the sensor back on after taking the plug out. It’s annoying, which is why I don’t do it often.


#10

Use these - hardly any residue

you can get them on ebay sometimes real cheap - expired work fine


#11

Thanks so much everyone! I feel much more confident about getting my transmitter clean, but not perfectly clean! Like you said CaM2, that’s a lost cause :cat:


#12

I wipe it down with 91% isopropyl alcohol when I change it. Keeps it very clean


#13

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. The quickest, I found, was Uni-Solve. Just a little rubbing with the pad and my transmitter looks like new. Thanks katers87!