How To Clean Your CPAP Equipment?

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It is so important to keep CPAP equipment clean. Without proper and regular cleaning, your equipment can become covered with dirt, bacteria, mold and viruses.  Here are some quick pointers for cleaning the various parts of your machine:

  • Mask, Cushion or Nasal Pillow: It’s a good practice to wipe down your mask with a disinfectant towel every morning after you wake up. Additionally, every week be sure to clean your mask. You can do this by rinsing it in soapy water and leaving it out to air dry. 
  • Headgear: Don’t forget to wash your headgear every week as well. You can also clean your head gear in the same manner that you clean your mask. Use a little soapy water and a good rinse. It is important that you never use any chemicals on your headgear that can irritate your skin, such as bleach. The soft material will soak up these irritants and harm your skin. Air dry your headgear, and do NOT put in the dryer. 
  • Tubing: At a minimum, your CPAP tubing should be washed weekly. Ideally, it should be washed daily.  Like your mask and headgear, you can clean your tubing by filling a tub with soapy water and swirling the tube around for a few minutes. Be sure that the water makes its way the inside of the tubing to dislodge any dust or particles caught inside.
  • Air Filter: Change or clean your filters as frequently as necessary. So, filters can be washed and should be washed weekly.  Others should be changed when they are dirtily since this might inhibit clean air getting thought to the mask.  
  • Humidifier and Water Reservoirs: First and foremost, it is important to dump any remaining water from the previous night and replace with fresh distilled water before bedtime. Some humidifier chambers are dishwasher safe, which is a great convenience. If not, you can still wash your CPAP humidifier with soap and water. Be sure to dry the chamber as much as possible with a paper towel or cloth, and then leave it out to air dry the rest of the way. Once a week, it is also important to disinfect your humidifier by soaking it in a solution of one-part vinegar and three parts waters for 15-20 minutes. After disinfecting your humidifier, be sure to rinse it thoroughly. 

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Other Good Cleaning Practices: 

  • Get into the habit of using a disinfectant wipe to clean off your machine and parts every day.
  • Wash you face before bed to reduce the number of contaminants that can get onto your CPAP mask. Additionally, avoid using moisturizers or lotions that can rub off onto your CPAP device.
  • Set a calendar notification to remind you when it is time to give your equipment a more thorough clean or replace parts.
  • When possible, use distilled or sterile water for cleaning your CPAP machine and parts (the chemicals and minerals in tap water can damage your device).
  • Use products specifically manufactured for CPAP devices, as these products will take into consideration any chemicals that might harm your device and avoid them accordingly.
  • If you get sick, cleaning is even more important. Give a little extra attention to your cleaning routine if you’re feeling a bit under the weather. 
  • If you find it difficult to clean your CPAP machine manually, try investing in an automated sanitizer. The SoClean 2 or the Lumin will destroy germs and molds for you.

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Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes.

Chris Vasta


Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…

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  • Bill Johnson

    I clean mine every day I use Windex multisurface disinfectant it kills 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses and it only takes 10 seconds. I have been using it for 2 years now and I’m still on my first headgear and second mask. This cleaner does nothing to the plastic water tank or gasket. The headgear and mask are unaffected by this cleaner. Once a week I use the ozone cleaner ( I don’t understand cleaner, it doesn’t clean anything, it disinfects but it’s as dirty as when it was put in the bag) these ozone cleaners work great for disinfecting masks for covid 19 because nothing can live around ozone. The ozone cleaner will discolor the headgear and mask and I never run ozone through my cpap machine, it can damage the machine and void the warranty. From what I read the Philips recall some machines were damaged by the ozone being put through the machine


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