Apr 12th 2024

How to Clean a CPAP Machine

CPAP machines offer an effective treatment for sleep apnea and can dramatically improve the quality of your rest. An essential part of getting the best possible therapy is cleaning your machine regularly to keep it working correctly and avoid potential health problems. A clean CPAP is a healthy CPAP. Dust, oils, and allergens can build up in the machine’s components, irritating your skin, causing respiratory issues, or shortening its lifespan.

The good news? Cleaning your CPAP machine is a breeze. We’ve compiled a list of supplies and a step-by-step guide for daily and weekly CPAP cleanings. Follow these steps to keep your machine bacteria-free so you can breathe easier all night long.

What You’ll Need for Cleaning Your CPAP Machine

Maintaining your CPAP machine is simple, but having the right supplies will make it even easier. Here’s what you’ll need to keep your CPAP machine clean:

  • Distilled water
  • CPAP mask wipes
  • CPAP cleaning solution
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Small, non-abrasive brush
  • White vinegar
  • Automatic CPAP sanitizer

How to Clean Your CPAP Machine

Your CPAP machine needs a daily refresh along with a weekly deep clean. Follow these simple steps to keep your machine clean:

Daily Quick Cleaning

  1. Unplug your CPAP machine.
  2. Disassemble the mask, removing the mask cushion, headgear, and any detachable parts from the frame.
  3. Wipe all the parts down with CPAP sanitizing wipes, paying close attention to any areas that come into contact with your skin.
  4. Allow the parts to air dry thoroughly, and then reassemble your mask.

Sanitizing wipes are a quick and convenient way to keep your mask fresh without compromising cleaning quality. Always use wipes designed for CPAP machines to avoid damaging sensitive equipment.

Weekly Deep Cleaning

Always read your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your CPAP machine. Some tubing, for example, may not be suitable for submerging in water, so you may need to wipe it down with a damp cloth instead. For most machines, though, you can deep clean them every week by following these steps:

  1. Unplug your machine.
  2. Disassemble the mask, tubing, and humidifier tank (if your machine has one).
  3. Fill a clean sink or bucket with warm water and a small amount of soap or white vinegar.
  4. Gently wash the mask cushion and headgear, then rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.
  5. Submerge the tubing and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Make sure the water and cleaning solution fill the tubing entirely.
  6. If your machine has a humidifier tank, fill it with equal parts warm water and white vinegar, then let it soak for about 30 minutes to remove mineral buildup.
  7. Rinse your tubing and let it air dry completely.
  8. Rinse your tank and wipe it dry with a microfiber cloth.
  9. Reassemble your machine.

Consider using a CPAP sanitizer to deep clean your machine. These machines sanitize your mask and humidifier with an ozone generator in 30 minutes, killing 99.9% of germs.

More Helpful Tips for Cleaning Your CPAP

  • Use a mask brush or other small, non-abrasive brush to clean crevices on your machine.
  • Never use soap or cleaning solutions in your humidifier tank.
  • To prevent mineral buildup in your tank, use distilled water always.
  • Replace disposable filters every two weeks. Replace mask cushions or pillows every 1-3 months (depending on your type of mask.) Replace headgear, mask and CPAP tubing every 6 months.

GoCPAP Has Everything You Need to Clean Your CPAP Machine

Cleaning your CPAP machine is easy with a consistent routine and the right supplies, and GoCPAP has everything you need. From machines to cleaning essentials, our user-friendly website makes shopping for your CPAP supplies simple and convenient. We provide an easy shopping experience for all your CPAP needs, from machines to cleaning supplies and replacement parts.

Our team can answer any questions you have about cleaning your machine or choosing the right cleaning products. Contact us or place an order to start a cleaner, healthier CPAP experience.