Many people rely on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines for a full night of quality, uninterrupted sleep. It is imperative for users to keep their CPAP machine, masks and supplies clean and sanitized to prevent respiratory, sinus or other infections. Since CPAP machines force positive air through the users nose and/or mouth, making sure there is no bacteria, dry skin or any other germs and substances on your CPAP equipment is vital to keeping you healthy and sleeping properly. Cleaning your CPAP machine and supplies does not have to be hard or time consuming. There are many simple and effective ways to clean your CPAP machine, CPAP masks and supplies.
Why Is it Important to Clean My CPAP Machine and Supplies
CPAP machines force air through your nasal and mouth airways while sleeping to enable you the breathe properly. The air is usually humidified which creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria to grow and reproduce. Dust and allergens can also contaminate your CPAP supplies over time. These pathogens can be inhaled as you breathe, causing you to become sick or suffer from allergy symptoms. Oils and dead skin cells from your face and hands can build up on your mask and cause irritation or poor mask seal. Cleaning your CPAP supplies on a regular basis will also extend the life of your supplies. If you clean your CPAP accessories on a regular basis you might actually help them last longer
Top 3 Ways to Clean Your CPAP Machine and Supplies
The top 3 ways to clean your CPAP machine and supplies are easy, simple and effective. The best and most effective way to clean your CPAP Machine, mask and tubing is with the use of a CPAP cleaning machine such as the SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner or the NUWAVE Sanitizing System. Other cleaning alternative options for your CPAP equipment including all natural CPAP cleaning wipes and sprays that sanitize your mask and water reservoir. The third and most basic way for cleaning your CPAP machine, CPAP mask, hose and humidifier/water reservoir is to thoroughly wash each part by hand with soap and water. Below you will find the benefits and steps for all 3 ways to clean your CPAP machine and supplies.
How to Clean Your CPAP by Hand
- Clean all of your CPAP supplies in the morning to allow enough time to air dry.
- Unplug your device and disassemble each part, including the water chamber. Then wipe it’s exterior with a clean, dry cloth to remove any dust or debris.
- Wash your CPAP mask, tubing, and water chamber with warm soapy water. Use a mild soap such as Dawn or ivory.
- Rinse with your CPAP hose and other supplies with clean water. If you choose, you may also use vinegar and water to disinfect your supplies. To do this, soak your supplies in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for approximately 30 minutes. Then rinse with clean water.
- Allow all supplies to air dry.
- It is extremely important that all parts of your CPAP machine and supplies are completely dry before you use your machine again, in order to prevent the risk of infection or illness
CPAP Sanitizing Machines
Cleaning your CPAP machine and supplies is not hard but can often be time consuming with our busy lives. Sometimes it is difficult to reach the tight corners of the CPAP mask or full clean the water reservoir for humidification in the CPAP machines. Luckily there are multiple CPAP cleaning and sanitizing machines that will sanitize up to 99.9% of all bacteria and germs found in your CPAP machine, CPAP mask, hose and even humidification chamber. The SoClean 2 and NUWAVE CPAP Cleaning System are two of the top selling all-in-one CPAP sanitizing machines. Requiring no soap or water, and with the use of activated oxygen such as OZONE, you can clean all of your CPAP supply essentials with just the touch of a button, and be ready for a quality night sleep with clean equipment.
SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner
The SoClean 2 CPAP cleaner is the top selling CPAP cleaning system on the market. By utilizing activated oxygen such ozone layers, it sanitizes your CPAP machine, mask, hose and water reservoir automatically. Since it requires no disassembly of your CPAP machine, you just place your CPAP mask and tube into the SoClean when you wake up and it will run automatically at your set time. The SoClean 2 is the perfect solution for fast and easy sleep equipment maintenance. The SoClean 2 attaches to sleep equipment and runs daily while the mask is inside the SoClean Chamber. The SoClean 2 does not need to be disconnected before using your sleep equipment. Only takes 2 hours for complete sanitization before ready for you to sleep.
– Easy to use and requires no disassembly of CPAP machine
– Sanitizes CPAP machine, CPAP mask, hose and humidification water reservoir
– Sleek, lightweight design and completely waterless
– Utilizes activated oxygen and ozone to sanitize up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria
NUWAVE CPAP Sanitizer
The NUWAVE CPAP Sanitizer system is a lightweight, portable and easy to use CPAP cleaner. Designed for you to sanitize your CPAP machine, mask, hose and even humidification water reservoir from up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs. The NUWAVE is available in two sizes, the Standard Plus and the Travel (small) size. Both include a padded, zip up bag and remote that are used to sanitize your CPAP equipment through the use of activated oxygen and ozone. The Standard Plus model enables you to fit your CPAP mask and humidication water reservoir inside the NUWAVE sanitizer chamber, where as the NUWAVE Travel size can hold just your CPAP mask for cleaning.
How to Use the NUWAVE CPAP Cleaner:
The NUWAVE CPAP Sanitizing Unit comes with the NUWAVE ozone generator and a large, yet easily stored sanitizing chamber which allows you to sanitize all your CPAP equipment at once. You set your CPAP mask and water humidifier in the patent-pending sanitizing chamber and zip the unit shut. Then you simply connect your tubing to the generator and then to the patent-pending universal fitting on the sanitizing chamber. Once you have completed these steps, you will simply press the button on the NUWAVE® ozone generator for two seconds and you will start the ozone sanitizing process.
CPAP Cleaning Wipes & Sprays
CPAP Cleansing Wipes
These CPAP Cleansing Wipes are 100% pure cotton, natural CPAP mask wipes are specially formulated to naturally clean and protect your mask without the use of harmful chemicals. They effectively remove dirt, grease, oils, and other organic residue from your mask with ease and comfort. The 100% natural formula contains no unpleasant or strong fragrances and even cleans and nourishes your hands while cleaning your mask.
CPAP Sanitizing Spray
CPAP Sanitizing Sprays are similar to CPAP cleansing wipes as the provide a natural, safe and effective way to sanitize your CPAP machine, CPAP mask and water reservoir without the use of water, soap or other chemicals. The Citrus II CPAP Cleaner Spray is all natural with a light, refreshing, citrus scent.