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CPAP Cleaning Tips - How to Clean your CPAP

CPAP Cleaning Tips: How to Clean your CPAP Equipment

A machine, mask and related accessories are essential for your CPAP therapy routine. But since they're used nightly, you'll need to clean your CPAP equipment quite frequently in order to keep them in top working condition. Use the tips in this guide to make sure each piece is cleaned properly.


CPAP Mask

Since your mask comes into direct contact with your face, it's best to clean it every day. This helps to prevent skin irritation as well as the transfer of bacteria through any mask pieces. Follow these steps to clean your CPAP mask:

  1. Wipe down your mask using a damp cloth. Warm water and a mild cleanser are sufficient for removing oils, sweat, dead skin cells and bacteria. Alternatively, you can use pre-moistened wipes made specifically for CPAP masks.
  2. Rinse the mask and dry it with a clean towel.
  3. Allow the mask to air dry during the day.

A machine, mask and related accessories are essential for your CPAP therapy routine. But since they're used nightly, you'll need to clean your CPAP equipment quite frequently in order to keep them in top working condition. Use the tips in this guide to make sure each piece is cleaned properly.


CPAP Filter

Before cleaning your filter, find out what type of filter your CPAP machine has. Some machines come equipped with disposable filters. If yours has this type of filter, stock up on extras and replace according to the instructions. This type of filter typically needs to be replaced about once a month.

If you have a reusable filter, you'll need to clean it about once a week using the following steps:

  1. Remove the filter from the CPAP machine and rinse it in warm tap water.
  2. Squeeze and rinse the filter until no dust or debris is present.
  3. Blot the filter with a towel and allow it to air dry.

CPAP Humidifier

Your CPAP humidifier is another important component that you'll want to keep in top condition. Each day, you should the leftover water from the humidifier and empty into a sink. Then, refill the humidifier with clean distilled water right before going to bed. This helps to keep the humidifier clean and working efficiently.

Besides changing the water daily, however, you should also clean the humidifier about once per week. To do this, use the following steps:

  1. Remove the leftover water from the humidifier.
  2. Wash the water chamber in the sink using warm water and a mild detergent.
  3. Rinse the chamber well and allow it to air dry completely before replacing.

To make sure it helps produce clean air, you'll also need to disinfect the humidifier every other week. Here's how to do it:

  1. Remove the leftover water from the humidifier.
  2. Soak the chamber for 30 minutes in a solution of five parts water to one part vinegar.
  3. Rinse the chamber thoroughly.
  4. Place the chamber on the top rack of the dishwasher and complete a wash cycle.
  5. Allow the chamber to dry completely before replacing.

Your chamber should be replaced about once every six months or as needed.

Follow this cleaning routine to ensure a better CPAP therapy experience. In addition, be sure to read manufacturer instructions for special care of any CPAP devices.

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