Maintaining your CPAP equipment clean and sanitized will ensure the proper functioning of your machine and accessories for very long years. Typically, when you purchase CPAP equipment, the user manual will contain special instructions on cleaning CPAP mask, the tubes or the device itself. Clean and sanitized CPAP equipment will also help you ensure you […]
Maintaining your CPAP equipment clean and sanitized will ensure the proper functioning of your machine and accessories for very long years. Typically, when you purchase CPAP equipment, the user manual will contain special instructions on cleaning CPAP mask, the tubes or the device itself. Clean and sanitized CPAP equipment will also help you ensure you are receiving quality air therapy with each session. Proper maintenance of your air treatment device is of primordial importance, to avoid illnesses and infections.
What can happen if your CPAP is not clean?
The heated tubing and heated humidifier systems of your CPAP equipment are basically humid environments. Such conditions are prone to developing mold, yeast or fungus. Certainly, these accessories help you enjoy a warm and comfortable breathing experience, but you must pay particular attention to regular cleaning of these accessories. When moisture builds up in excess within the tubing or humidifier system, dangerous molds can accumulate and expose your health to certain risks. When purchasing your CPAP equipment, also look for a quality CPAP sanitizer that you can use to keep your machine clean
Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, eye and skin irritations.
Cleaning your CPAP Equipment: Step-By-Step Guide
1. Always make sure to unplug your CPAP from the power outlet before starting the sanitation process. Electrocuting yourself is one of the risks when trying to clean an electrical device with water. Never immerse your device in water, even if unplugged!
2. Dismantle the machine: detach the mask from the tubing system, remove the headgear, and also remove the CPAP tubes from the power outlet. Next, remove the humidifier and the water chamber. Check your user manual to see how to disassemble your CPAP equipment properly. Make sure you follow all the instructions.
3. Start cleaning your gear using a soft wet cloth. If you wish, you can add some gentle baby shampoo or sensitive dish soap to the water. For better disinfection, some users prefer using a mixture of water and vinegar to cleanse their CPAP equipment. However, for even more professional results you should use an automated sanitizer such as the SoClean CPAP cleaner.
4. Thoroughly wipe the parts and accessories of your equipment with the damp cloth, making sure to change the water at least once during the procedure.
5. Soak the heated tubing, mask, and headgear in warm water, and allow soaking for approximately half an hour. It is crucial to allow these accessories to air dry before you can use them again. If you don’t let them dry properly the risks of accumulating mold are much higher. Repeat the cleaning procedure once a week.
6. Check the CPAP machine filters if your machine has such components. Some devices come with reusable filters that can be cleaned (washed) and then reassembled again. Other devices will require that you replace the old filters at last once a month. Again, check the user manual to see manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning and maintenance of these filters.
The importance of a CPAP cleaner:
• With the help of an automated CPAP cleaner, you can actually maintain your equipment clean and sanitized without the need to disassemble the machine. This makes the cleaning procedure much easier for people who aren’t able to move a lot
• These machines do not require water or the addition of any chemicals
• An automated sanitizer destroys 99.9% of the viruses, bacteria or mold that resides within the equipment
• The machine provides safe and powerful hospital grade sanitation for your entire CPAP equipment
In 2017 Virtuox announced their new CPAP cleaning machine called the Virtuclean. This little machine is great for people who want to have a clean CPAP while traveling. It’s very easy to use and not only it fits in any suitcase but is also quite affordable. It’s ultra quiet and charges in less than two hours. The cleaning cycle is only 30 minutes. Unlike other CPAP cleaners, the Virtuox doesn’t require maintenance and parts changing. It has an 18-month guarantee and a battery life of 10 years. It’s a really helpful cleaning machine for people who don’t have the time for a thorough cleaning process. However, ozone can be harmful to people who have high-ozone sensitivity. That’s why you have to use it in open and well-ventilated areas.
The Lumin CPAP and mask cleaner is another great machine that uses UV light instead of ozone to clean your CPAP. It was first released in February 2018 and has gotten nothing but positive user reviews. The manufacturer claims that it can kill 99% of bacteria just as well as the Virtuclean. It can disinfect the CPAP in only 5 minutes. The best thing about this machine is that it’s suitable for disinfecting other items as well. You can clean cell phones, kid’s toys, and other accessories. The compact design really helps as it doesn’t take a lot of space in your home. Unlike the Virtuclean, the Lumin doesn’t use ozone and is much safer for the user. It even turns the light off when you open the drawer. This is done to protect your eyes from the UV light.
Experts advise that users should clean their CPAP equipment at regular intervals (minimum once a week). However, if you are down with the flu or any other respiratory disease, you should clean your machine every single day to remove properly any potential discharges or residues from the tubing and mask. To reduce condensation properly, you should use a heated tubing and humidifier system. It is also advisable to use only distilled water with your system, to avoid any infection risks.
Replace your mask at 3 to 4 months, and pay attention to replacing all spare parts regularly such as the air filters. Never operate your CPAP device with used masks or tubing systems, but ensure to purchase new ones each time it is required. Also stay away at all costs from sharing your equipment, as this increases substantially the risk of infections.
Sleep8 & SoClean2 CPAP Cleaners
Sleep8 is a highly popular CPAP parts cleaner. Patients can easily disassemble their CPAP or BiPAP parts and sanitize them perfectly with the help of Sleep8. You can use the device to disinfect your CPAP mask, the water chamber or the tubing system. Sleep8 comes with a designated large sized bag where you need to introduce all the parts and sanitize them properly. When you purchase Sleep8, this is what is included in the package: the main Sleep8 device, the sanitizing filter bag and also one micro USB charger so that you an easily charge your unit even while you are away.
Sleep8 uses the power of Ozone in order to sanitize and disinfect your equipment. Sleep 8 is small, stylish and it can easily fit in your carry bag. This is why it represents the perfect solution while traveling. With Sleep8 you can sanitize properly your CPAP equipment without the need of harsh chemicals or special detergents; the unit uses only powerful Ozone. You also do not have to spend extra money on detergents or special solutions for cleaning.
- Quick and easy operation- all you need to do is attach the main device to the filter bag and press start
- Very safe sanitation process for all your CPAP parts
- User-friendly operation and overall design
- Get rid efficiently of all the viruses and bacteria that reside inside your equipment and keep diseases at bay
Use Sleep8 for the effective sanitation of both heated and non-heated tubing systems, and keep in mind that you do not have to use any special adapters. With one single click, you will get perfectly cleansed and sanitized CPAP parts. Enjoy carefree therapy every time.
Sleep8 features a bright and easy to read screen where you can easily track data such as remaining battery, the time left until sanitation is complete, the progress of the sanitation cycle (the “fan” icon’). Even if you are a first time user, you will find Sleep8 extremely easy to use. If needed, you should sanitize your CPAP equipment even every single day, especially if you are sick and you want to keep germs and bacteria away from entering your system. In humid environments the viruses and bacteria are capable of multiplying extremely fast; this is why it is so important to maintain your CPAP equipment effectively clean and disinfected. Patients who use a heated humidifier should definitely sanitize their equipment on a frequent basis.
- Before you add it to the bag make sure to empty your water chamber. Water should not enter the filter bag
- You can easily take Sleep8 with you everywhere you go. This way you can enjoy clean and sanitized therapy regardless of where you travel
- You can use Sleep8 to also sanitize other items such as kid’s toys or even dental appliances
SoClean2 is yet another highly popular and intuitive CPP cleaner that you can consider using. This is an automated cleaner and sanitizer that helps you clean parts of your CPAP or BiPAP equipment. Sanitize your CPAP mask, the tubing, or even the humidifier chamber. With SoClean2 you do not have to disassemble your equipment in order to cleanse it, and you also do not have to use any harsh chemicals or detergents for the process.
When purchasing SoClean2 this is what is included within packaging: one small bottle of pre-ash that you need to use before the first usage of the unit, the cartridge filter, 1 slot plug, check valve assembly and an AC power adapter.
SoClean2 has an extremely stylish and modern design, and it will fit well into any desired environment (on a nightstand in your room or even in the bathroom). The unit has a front display showing different icons that will help you read data such as remaining battery life, the progress of the sanitation cycle, etc. Then, for even more convenient usage you can choose between a right or left hose insertion. The manufacturer offers 2 years warranty for this sanitizing unit.
With SoClean, you can actually destroy up to 99.9% of the germs, bacteria, viruses or mold that resides inside the tubing, mask or other parts of your equipment. This is a fully automated cleaner, so all you have to do is push the button and let the machine perform the rest. You only need to insert the equipment in the chamber and press start. SoClean uses a similar sanitation process used in healthcare facilities, hotels or even water purification systems. The interior chamber of the SoClean2 can accommodate easily different types of masks such as full face masks or nasal pillow masks. Regardless of the type of mask you use, it will definitely fit into the chamber for thorough sanitation.
- Please keep in mind that for the following CPAP models, you will need to use an adapter with the SoClean sanitation unit:
- Fisher & Paykel 600series
- Fisher & Paykel Icon Heated Hose Adapter
- Philips Respironics System One 60
- S9 Climate Line Heated Hose Adapter
As you can easily note, both Sleep8 and SoClean 2 are automated sanitation machines for CPAP or BiPAP equipment. The main differences include the fact that you need to use a special adapter for some models with the SoClean2, or that Sleep8 requires that you disassemble your equipment before introducing it into the filter bag. Also, SoClean 2 uses a chamber within the unit, while Sleep8 uses an attachable filter sanitation bag for the cleaning process.
When buying a CPAP cleaner or sanitizer make sure to comparison shop smartly. Price is an important factor but you also need to look for a sanitizer that serves best your needs and requirements. For example, if you are looking for a travel only sanitizer, you need to search for a small, compact and easy to use device. Or, if you are looking for a sanitation unit that you will use on a daily basis at home, you should search for a more robust unit that fits well into any environment.
Alternative cleaning methods: CPAP cleaning wipes and CPAP Sanitizer
The CPAP cleaning wipes help you maintain your CPAP device clean and hygienic. Famous manufacturers such as ResMed offer cleaning wipes that allow for a convenient way to keep your CPAP clean on a daily basis. Use these wipes to remove the facial oils build up from the mask cushion.
The cleaning wipes will gently yet effectively remove any dirt and residues from the cushion, and this, in turn, helps to optimize the mask seal. When a CPAP mask has facial oil buildup on it, this will not seal properly which means your air therapy might be compromised.
High-quality CPAP cleaning wipes are made from pure cotton, and they do not contain any fragranced ingredients, latex or alcohol. The wipes are infused with a gentle cleansing lotion and natural deodorant such as Aloe Vera extract.
The Control III Disinfectant Germicide is an EPA approved cleaning solution that can greatly help with cleaning your CPAP and accessories. Once you have created the diluted solution it can be re-used for up to 14 days. This makes the Control III extremely cost-effective. It has a very pleasant odor and it doesn’t irritate the skin. The Control III has a low environmental impact and is easier to use than alcohol or other alcohol-based solutions.
You can find plenty of CPAP cleaning supplies to keep your machine clean and sanitized on a regular basis. There is the tube cleaning system which helps to keep your tubing free of mold and bacteria. There are also many citrus, or natural extract infused gentle CPAP detergents available which help you perform cleaning of your device in a professional way right at home. The CPAP tube cleaning wands and brushes are also efficient, allowing you to clean the inside of your tube in easy steps.
Especially if you use a humidifier for your treatment, you must properly care for your device. Look for supplies and accessories that allow you to clean your device quickly and comfortably. At times, you might find it tiresome to disassemble your equipment and bathe every single part separately in soapy water. Then, you must allow everything to air dry before you can actually use the system again. This is why investing in an automated CPAP sanitizer might be a truly efficient solution because it allows you to clean your device without having to take apart the machine.
CPAP Cleaning Wipes with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E-
Offered by Sunset Healthcare, these practical et wipes will help you effectively cleanse your CPAP equipment. It is highly recommended to use these wipes on a daily basis. They will help you remove dirt, dust, grease, facial oils and any other organic residue available on your equipment. The package contains 64 wipes, and you can use them on a daily basis for perfectly cleaning and good maintenance of your CPAP equipment.
The wipes have a solvent-free formula, they contain beneficial Aloe Vera and Vitamin E and they are highly safe and effective part of your cleaning routine.
CPAP Tube Brush
With this CPAP brush you can thoroughly clean the tubing of your CPAP equipment. If you are using a humidifier with your therapy, you should know that the tubing is a humid environment that is prone to bacteria accumulation. Viruses and different pathogens can multiply with extreme speed in such humid environment. This is why it is so important to cleanse the tubing on a regular basis and allow it to air dry until next usage.
This is custom made tube brush made with ultra-soft nylon bristles on a galvanized stem. Use the brush to cleanse thoroughly the interior of the tubing. Tubes can be extremely difficult to cleanse in the interior, but now with the use of such a gentle brush, you can get rid of all the accumulated dirt or any tiny particles that might reside inside your tubing and compromise your health.
Tube Cleaning & Hang System
The CPAP Tube Clean & Hang System will help you get rid of all the bacteria and the mildew existent within the tubing system. Easily hang it anywhere using the hook attachment or stick it to a flat surface using the suction attachment.
The system helps you clean, soak and effectively dry your tubing equipment. Make sure to use the end caps in order to introduce cleansing solution within the tube. Then, you can hang the hose to soak. As a last step, take off the end caps and flip the tube dry while hanging it from a surface.
Tube Cleaning Wand + Cleaning Pads
Thanks to this system, you can now easily and efficiently cleanse the inside of the tube without problems. The tube cleaning wand will snap together fast so that you can clean your tube every morning if needed. The smart cleaning pads will attach to one end of your wand and then you can slide everything along the tubing to cleanse it inside. The system represents an ideal choice for traveling. Easy, fast and convenient cleaning of your tube even while you are traveling.
- Can be assembled to 40” so that you can clean any type/length of tubing
- Highly durable
- Disposable cleaning pads for more convenience of use
- Snaps apart so that you can store it efficiently
- Nice storage bag
Remember that keeping your CPAP machine clean will ensure that it will work much longer and it will not compromise your oxygen therapy.
There are plenty of options available on the market, from the less expensive cleaning wipes and brushes and up to the most hygienic and medical grade cleanse units. Choose whatever fits your needs, requirements and of course your available budget.
JohnSeptember 14, 2017 7:18 am
The best mask cleaner: Johnsons & Johnson’s baby shampoo. I use it sparingly and I use it with a tube brush for the tubing. Yes, keep your mask clean but don’t over-clean it either. Too much cleanings removes the oils in the softened mask and makes it brittle – wear out sooner.
Charles GoldbergSeptember 14, 2017 8:50 am
John that’s a great choice for cleaning the CPAP mask however the hose and humidifier chamber should be clean with a different solution in order to avoid respiratory infections. Try soaking your hose and humidifier chamber in 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Be sure to rinse it afterwards so you do not smell the vinegar all night
David DOctober 6, 2019 11:10 pm
can I clean the mask itself in water & vinegar
srb-adminOctober 14, 2019 1:36 pm
The CPAP mask should only be cleaned with mild detergent and water.
george a torresOctober 2, 2018 3:38 am
what type of tube brush