Without regular cleaning and maintenance, your CPAP machine turns into a breeding ground of bacteria, mold, dust, pet dander, and more. Avoid this disturbing scenario by following the seven steps below.
Clean your CPAP humidifier
Each morning, fill your sink or a bucket with a soak of warm water and mild, pure liquid soap (avoid soaps with alcohol, fragrances, or chlorine). Then empty any water from your humidifier chamber and let it sit in the soak for 10 minutes. After a quick rinse, let it air dry somewhere out of direct sunlight.
Clean your CPAP mask
CPAP masks should be replaced 2 to 4 times a year, and the cushions once or twice a month. CPAP masks are made of silicone for maximum comfort. Unfortunately, that comfort comes at the cost of longevity. Silicone breaks down easily if it’s not properly taken care of.
Clean your CPAP tubes
Each week, soak these in your special mixture of water and mild pure liquid soap. Then use a CPAP tube-cleaning brush to really clean them out. Let the tubes air dry out of direct sunlight.
Clean your CPAP filters
Your CPAP machine probably has two types of filters – a grey one that is non-disposable, and a white one made of paper that is disposable. Clean the grey one every week with water and let it fully air dry before putting it back in the machine. Replace these every 6 months. Don’t worry about cleaning the white filters. Just replace them every month.
Clean your CPAP chin straps and headgear
Regularly clean these by hand with warm soapy water and let them air dry. Do not use your washing machine or dryer. Sanitize your CPAP machine. It’s easy to get grossed out by the idea of bacteria growing in your machine.
Ease your mind and keep your CPAP machine totally bacteria-free by regularly sanitizing it with a special CPAP sanitizing machine, available at ASRA Centre for Sleep at nominal cost.