When CPAP machines are used regularly (they should be used every night for the most effective sleep apnea treatment), many things can build up within the machine over time. This is especially true for the tubing that connects the machine to your CPAP mask. Everything from dust to excess water vapor can become trapped within the tubing and mask of a CPAP machine over time. If left uncleaned, this can lead to mold, mildew and bacteria growth.
If this occurs, it’s recommended to discontinue use of and replace CPAP tubing and masks, as continuing use can cause you to become sick or have an allergic reaction to the mold that has grown.
It’s always recommended to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and replacement, but generally, your hose and mask should be cleaned at least once a week (more often, if needed). Often, the best way to clean the mask and hose is to submerge them in warm water with a mild detergent. Distilled water is preferred in order to avoid mineral buildup. You can also use CPAP mask wipes for a quick cleaning solution for your mask. After cleaning, hang the hose and mask and allow them to fully dry before storing or using them again.
The machine can be cleaned by unplugging it and using a slightly damp cloth to wipe it down. Do not submerge the entire CPAP machine in water or any cleaning solution.
In general, mild soaps and dish detergents can be used to clean your CPAP machine. You can also use a homemade cleaning solution consisting of one part vinegar and three parts water. This can help descale the tube and mask and eliminate any mineral buildups that may be present.
There are many things you should avoid doing while cleaning your device:
Keeping your CPAP machine clean takes a bit of work, but it’s important in order to maintain your health, prolong the life of your device, and get the best sleep apnea treatment possible.
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Note: You should always consult your manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and replacement of your CPAP and mask components first.