Keep it Clean: How to Clean your CPAP Machine

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Don’t compromise your health – the cleanliness of your CPAP machine affects the quality of the air you are breathing in at night.

As the CPAP gear is in direct contact with your face, cleaning it regularly is a must to ensure that you’re not giving nasty germs and bacteria a chance to breed.

sleeping man with clean CPAP mask

All it takes is a few simple steps. Here’s an overview on the importance of CPAP sanitation, daily and weekly cleaning tips, and some other helpful information.

The Importance of CPAP Sanitation

Cleaning your CPAP machine properly helps keep it functioning well.

It’s an ideal breeding environment for germs and mold, so keeping everything as sanitary as possible, including the tubing, hoses, and masks is of utmost importance.

It is recommended that you make a habit of cleaning it daily and weekly. Here is some advice on how to do that.

Daily Cleaning

Each day, wipe down the mask area using a gentle detergent and a moistened towel, being sure to get the parts that rest against your skin. This will help to get rid of any dead skin cells, oils, or perspiration on the mask that will impact the seal.

You can also get pre-moistened towels, specially designed for cleaning CPAP masks, from many sleep centers if you prefer.

Afterward, allow the mask to air dry.

Drain the humidifier instead of leaving the water in the unit. Before you go to bed, fill it with fresh, distilled water to get the best possible use out of your machine.

Clean out your gear daily if you have been unwell, to make sure that no germs are lurking in the tubing, mask, humidifier and filter. Do this until all your symptoms are gone, as this will help you recover quicker.

Weekly Cleaning

A deep clean can be done once a week.

You can place the hose, headgear, and mask into a clean sink full of warm water and gentle, ammonia-free dish soap. Then, with a swirling motion, let the parts soak in the water for five minutes, rinse them off, and naturally air dry them during the day.

Let the water drip out by hanging the hose on any elevated surface, like your shower rod or towel rack. You can either hang up the headgear and mask or let them air dry on a dry towel.

The CPAP machine should also be wiped down with a moistened towel;  make sure it’s not dripping wet because you want to avoid water getting inside the machine.

Then, remove the filter and rinse it under lukewarm water, all the while squeezing it to ensure there’s no dust trapped in the filter. Dab it with a towel to dry it off.

The white filter in the machine doesn’t need to be cleaned, as those are disposable and should be replaced each month.

If there’s a humidifier in your unit, drain all the water and then rinse out the container with soapy warm water. After that, rinse it well and let it drain as much as possible. Allow it to air-dry before fitting the chamber back into the machine.

Disinfection should be done every other week to thoroughly sterilize CPAP machines as well.

You can soak it in a disinfectant made up of five parts water and one part vinegar for half an hour. Rinse it carefully, then place the humidifier on the top rack of your dishwasher for a thorough wash.

Use only distilled water so that there are no mineral deposits which could accumulate and damage your machine over time.

Tips to Keep CPAP Clean

  • You want to make sure you’re breathing through clean equipment at all times
  • Cleaning equipment more often if you’ve been unwell is also recommended so that germs are not able to breed inside the machine.
  • Follow the instructions from your healthcare and hardware providers while cleaning
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or perfumes as breathing in these fumes could be harmful
  • Remember to only use distilled water so that minerals don’t build up in the water chamber

CPAP Sanitation and Cleaning Simplified

To simplify the process, we recommend the SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer. This machine uses oxygen that’s activated and natural to sanitize the entire CPAP system by destroying 99.9% of any bacteria, mold and viruses it touches.

The machine accommodates all variety of masks, including full CPAP masks and nasal pillow masks without needing to take the CPAP equipment apart.

No water or chemicals are used in the completely automated process!

Just by taking a few simple preventative steps, your CPAP will help you breathe better and easier.

Not only that, you will be taking great care of your health by preventing germs and bacteria from getting into your system. Put on your mask with peace of mind each night by following these cleaning tips!

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