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How To Clean Your CPAP Supplies Properly

CPAP cleaning is an important part of proper sleep apnea treatment because cleaning your CPAP helps it continue operating at peak performance. This is necessary for your body to receive the oxygen needed for proper rest and can help you get sick less often. So, let’s check out why, when, and how to clean your CPAP!

Why Cleaning Your CPAP is Important

CPAP cleaning helps extend the life of your equipment Your CPAP machine works hard to send a constant flow of air pressure into your airways. Over time dust, allergens, germs, viruses, and other harmful pathogens can collect. Then as moisture and humidity collect, the inside of your CPAP supplies turn into the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

These pathogens can be inhaled as you breathe, causing you to become sick or suffer from allergy symptoms. Minerals from the water chamber can also collect and block your CPAP from properly functioning. So, you could become sick with decreased airflow!

Dust, minerals, and other debris can be abrasive. Plus, the dead skin cells and oils from your face and hands can wear your CPAP supplies out. If you clean your CPAP accessories on a regular basis you might actually help them last longer and save some dough in the long run!


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How To Clean A CPAP Machine

To lower your risk of infection and to extend the lifespan of your CPAP machine, make sure you clean each item on a weekly basis. However, if you’re sick or suffering from allergies clean your equipment on a daily basis until you feel better.

Refer to the following steps to clean your CPAP:

  1. Start cleaning your CPAP supplies in the morning in order to give them enough time to dry
  2. Unplug your device and disassemble each part, including the water chamber.
  3.  Take a warm, moist cloth and wipe down the body of your CPAP machine to remove dust and debris.
  4. Fill a sink or container with warm water and a gentle cleanser, such as dawn soap. Avoid using any soap with scented perfumes. Some people will add 1 part vinegar per 1 part water, but this is optional.
  5. Clean your CPAP hose, mask, humidifier chamber, headgear, cushions, and connectors in the water and leave them to soak for about 30 minutes.
  6. Wipe out the mask with a damp cloth.
  7. Swirl the water around to make sure it cycles through your CPAP tube and other components.
  8. Rinse each item thoroughly with warm water.
  9. Hang each item up or place it on a towel to allow them to completely dry. Hanging them up in the bathroom might be the best option.
  10. Once each item is completely dry, reassemble the pieces.

IMPORTANT: Remember to only use distilled water in your CPAP humidifier to avoid the build-up of minerals. Qualify for CPAP supplies through insurance

  • Review your CPAP manufacturer’s information to see how your CPAP filters can be cleaned. Some can be rinsed with warm water. Other disposable options will need to be replaced.
  • Review your CPAP manual to see if any of the items are dishwasher safe. Never stick anything in your dishwasher unless you know for sure it’s safe to do so.
  • Never place your headgear or straps in the dryer.
  • Do not leave equipment to dry in direct sunlight or discoloration could occur.
  • It can be beneficial to wash your face with a gentle cleanser before using your CPAP mask at night.
  • Remember CPAP supplies still need to be replaced on a regular basis, so maintain your replacement schedule in order to keep your CPAP device operating like brand new.

Do Not Use These Supplies to Clean CPAP Equipment

• Antibacterial wipes
• Antibacterial soaps
• Clorox Bleach
• Ammonia
• Chlorine
• Alcohol
• Scented soaps
• Moisturizers and lotions
• Hand sanitizers
• Oil based products

How To Speed Up The Cleaning Process

If you don’t have hours to spare cleaning your CPAP products on a weekly basis, don’t worry. There are CPAP cleaners and accessories to help you instantly wipe out bacteria and any funky smells for better sleep.

CPAP Wipes: You can quickly clean your CPAP mask and machine with sanitary wipes specifically made for CPAPs. Some options even have a refreshing, clean scent.

CPAP Spray: Use can use a CPAP spray to get rid of dust and bacteria and to freshen up your mask. They also come in a variety of fresh scents.

CPAP Cleaners: You can forget the hassle and time spent cleaning your items by hand when using a CPAP cleaner to knock out all the germs for you. When it comes to the best CPAP cleaner, there are really two options to choose from.

The SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer  Lumin CPAP cleaner

The SoClean will sanitize and disinfect your mask with the all-natural sanitizing power of Ozone or activated oxygen. Simply place your CPAP equipment inside the device and run the cleaning cycle. About two hours later your CPAP mask, tube, headgear, and more will be 99.9% bacteria free, dry, and ready to use. No messy chemicals or water is involved.

The Lumin CPAP Cleaner 

Knock out viruses, mold, fungus, and more in as little as five minutes with the power of specialized UV light technology inside of the Lumin CPAP cleaner. Place your CPAP supplies inside the Lumin, and they’ll be germ-free before you know it. It’s the fastest way to disinfect 99% of bacteria on your CPAP supplies. You can also use it to sanitize whatever fits inside such as toothbrushes, your children’s toys, hearing aids, and more without the use of harsh chemicals or water. To determine which option will best fit your needs be sure to look up CPAP cleaner reviews.

Now that you know how to properly clean and care for your CPAP, there’s no need to stress about your CPAP maintenance. Caring for your machine and replacing parts as they wear out will make sure you benefit the most from your CPAP. Remember that replacement CPAP supplies may be covered through insurance!

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Information provided on the Aeroflow Healthcare blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow Healthcare recommends consulting a doctor if you are experiencing medical issues or concerns.
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