Everything you need to clean your CPAP is most likely already around your home! All you need is:
Warm, clean water.
A mild soap or dish detergent.
Clean, dry towels.
Space to allow your equipment to dry.
Cleaning Your CPAP Hose
When it comes to CPAP cleaning, the hose or tube should actually be cleaned once a week to remain mold and bacteria free.
Clean it by placing it in warm water with a few drops of mild detergent added and swirl it around.
Then thoroughly rinse the tube and hang it up to dry. Hang it on something like a towel rack to make sure it fully dries out.
Clean your CPAP regularly to extend it's life Cleaning Your CPAP Mask
Your CPAP mask should also be cleaned weekly because it touches your face. Dead skin cells and bacteria can collect on your mask and spread right to your skin.
Disconnect the mask from the tubing and disassemble all of the parts.
Remove the headgear and set it aside, unless you would like to clean it with your mask.
Place your CPAP mask parts in warm soapy water and swirl them around for about five minutes.
Then thoroughly rinse each piece and allow them to completely air dry before reassembling your mask. The headgear may take a bit longer to dry.
Cleaning Your CPAP Filters
Cleaning your CPAP filters often depends on what type of filters you have.
Disposable filters will need to be thrown away and replaced on a regular basis depending on their recommended replacement schedule.
Reusable filters will need to be washed about once a week depending on how much dust, pollen, and animal dander they collect from around the home. Cleaning them will allow them to effectively continue preventing irritants from entering your equipment.
Rinse the filters under warm water and then squeeze the excess moisture out.
Blot them dry with a clean dry towel and leave them to fully air dry before placing them back inside your CPAP.
Once your white or grey filters become discolored then it’s time to clean them or replace them.
Cleaning Your CPAP Machine
When it comes to cleaning your actual CPAP machine…
ALWAYS unplug it first. Then wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth to remove any dust.
Then dry it with a clean towel.
Make sure it’s completely dry before plugging it back in.
Cleaning Your CPAP Humidifier
If your CPAP machine has a humidifier you should clean it every other week.
Begin by emptying any remaining water and placing a solution of 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water inside of it to soak for 30 minutes.
Then thoroughly rinse it, and give it time to fully dry.
Depending on your humidifier, you can actually place it in the dishwasher to rinse and dry.
Remember, only fill it with distilled water to prevent mineral build up.