The Best Way to Keep Your CPAP Equipment Clean
One of the most important things to get into the habit of doing is cleaning your CPAP equipment. Keyword: habit.
The dirty truth about CPAP therapy is that daily use of equipment accumulates oil, sweat, dead skin cells, and other pathogens in the CPAP mask every time it's used. Also, the water in the machine and the moisture in the mask and hose are potential breeding grounds for bacteria and germs.
Sanitizing your equipment daily is a smart way to keep the doctor away. Uncleaned equipment can lead to respiratory infections many times per year, and even worse, interfere with your treatment's effectiveness.
How to keep your CPAP machine and accessories clean:
- Daily: Wash the mask, water chamber, and tubing in soapy water every morning upon waking. Make sure to submerge the tubing so that water runs through it. Let all of the parts air dry.
- Weekly: Once a week, wash the headgear and the filter and soak the water chamber in a little white vinegar to prevent mold growth.
- Monthly: If your machine has a disposable filter, change it every month.
- CPAP Cleaning Systems: Use a one-stop cleaning solution for all your CPAP parts for ultimate convenience, effectiveness, and adherence to your treatment plan.
Sounds like a whole lot of work, doesn't it?
Thankfully, there are many options for easy-breezy one-stop cleaning for all your CPAP parts that cover all the common obstacles for keeping equipment germ free.
As you start your CPAP journey, you'll need essential items: masks, CPAP machines, and other supplies such as hoses and tubing, filters, humidifiers, and cleaners.
Yes, it's a long list.
But, the appropriate selection of each item can make or break your sleep therapy protocol, and with proper selection, comes proper maintenance.
We've rounded up our favorite CPAP Cleaning systems tailored to the most common objections for sanitizing your sleep apnea therapy equipment for ultimate convenience, effectiveness, and adherence to your treatment plan.
Your problems solved:
The problem: It's too much trouble.
The fix: No need to even take equipment apart every day. The
SoCleanTM 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer makes the unwanted reality of disinfecting your gear quickly and easily. It destroys 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and mold of the CPAP mask, tubing, and CPAP unit.
We love it because it packs a two-in-one punch: you don't need to take equipment apart every day, and it doesn't require water. Plus, it features a drying function, so your devices come out completely clean and dry, with no leftover moisture to encourage bacteria or mold growth.
The problem: It's too hard to keep it clean.
The fix: Meet the Sleep8 Cleaning Companion System; convenience is its middle name. Big enough to hold all of your CPAP parts, yet practical enough to pack and travel. It makes daily cleaning an easy task. Sanitize your CPAP mask, tubing, filters, water chamber at once, and prevent mold build-up, bacteria, germs, and allergens while saving time. With this bag, nothing is too hard.
The problem: It takes too much time.
The fix: The 3B Medical Lumin disinfects your sleep therapy equipment in just 5 min using specialized UV Light, similar to those found in hospital operating rooms and sterile clean rooms. It's a safe way to get your sleep unit and accessories germ-free without harmful chemicals for healthier and effective usage.
If you can spare an episode of your favorite show, The VirtuOx VirtuClean 2.0 gets the job done in only 30 min. It doesn't require soap, water, cleaning solutions, or on-going maintenance —it uses Ozone (also known as activated oxygen) to disinfect, and that's it!
It's so simple; there is no reason not to use it, that's why studies show that people who use VirtuCLEANTM are more inclined to clean their sleep equipment daily —which doctors recommend.
The problem: It's too much extra equipment.
The fix: Not to worry, a handy pack of CPAP wipes are the perfect solution for practical and convenient everyday cleaning of masks, machines, tubing, and more.
Keep a steady supply of wipes by your bedside and stay free of germs. Exclusively formulated for safe and efficient gentle cleaning, deodorizing, and maintenance of all types of CPAP, BiPAP, Oxygen Therapy, and accessories. Using it regularly will effectively remove the build-up of dirt, grease, oils, and organic residue.
CPAP is one of the most reliable and effective sleep apnea treatments available. Owning the right equipment increases your chances of therapy protocol compliance and a vast improvement in your condition.
Finding a mask with the perfect fit for your facial features, which also accommodates your specific needs and lifestyle, is crucial. You can explore our wide selection of CPAP masks and set yourself for success, and keeping them clean seals the deal.
Written by The Sleeplay Team