Experts recommend daily cleaning of your sleep apnea machine and its components. If daily cleaning is difficult, then cleaning it weekly is an option. Some people choose to use a sleep apnea machine cleaner which shortens the process and is efficient, killing almost all harmful bacteria, germs, and other contaminants. Others clean them manually using soap and water. Great care must be taken while handwashing to ensure all dirt is removed to prevent secondary illnesses like pneumonia. We discuss the steps for cleaning a CPAP machine during the handwashing process.

How to Clean Your CPAP Machine

Collect all cleaning supplies before you begin. They include soap, preferable mild, warm distilled or drinking water, white vinegar for the humidifier, a large bucket, and a non-abrasive towel.

Step 1; Disassemble

Unplug the device from the power outlet, then remove the batteries. If the battery is integrated, use the manufacturer’s instructions to disassemble the CPAP and then clean safely. Disconnect the hose from either end of the mask and CPAP machine. Take apart the humidifier by removing the water tank and keep it aside. Separate significant parts like the mask because they are made up of smaller components. Separate the cushion, headgear, and frame, making up the mask for easier cleaning.

Step 2; Cleaning

Submerge the hose in warm soapy water, ensuring the water goes inside it too. Wash parts of the mask separately, like the headgear and cushion, which can be stained with oils easily. This is to protect their material and prevent them from microbes. If the water looks dirty, change it, then clean the mask. In the humidifier, pour in warm water and an equal amount of white vinegar. Leave the tank to soak for a while, allowing the vinegar to work on its interior.

Step 3; Rinse and Dry

At this stage, every component of the device should be washed. Rinse them with cool water, preferably under a running tap or put clean water in a bucket, and switch it if it forms a soap film to remove all the soap. Run clean water through the hose severally to wash off all the soap inside it or trapped bubbles. Place the components on a clean surface to dry or hang them up if possible.

Step 4; Reassemble the Parts

Reassembling should be done only when the parts have dried thoroughly, especially the mask cushion. Assemble when the machine is still disconnected from the power outlet and follow the manufacturer’s guide if necessary.

Important Considerations

Regular cleaning of your CPAP machine reduces contamination which can make you sick or worsen an existing condition. It also reduces allergens like dust that affect those prone to allergies. Wash the reusable filters often and replace them every six months. Replace the disposable filter every two weeks to keep the machine clean.

Bottom Line

CPAP machines must be cleaned regularly to keep them effective and keep you safe. CPAP cleaning machines have several benefits, but if you prefer to do it manually, follow the provided steps and follow the manufacturers’ instructions.