How to Clean CPAP Supplies

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So…do I really need to clean my CPAP products?

Yes!

Due to moisture build-up, your CPAP unit is a great breeding ground for mold, yeast, or fungus. This can result in illnesses, along with other symptoms, such as irritated throat, stuffy nose, coughing, and other eye and skin infections.

Fortunately, cleaning your CPAP products doesn’t have to be a hassle. Health Sqyre is here to guide you with some pro tips and other useful information.

Here’s a helpful video to get you started:

Daily cleaning:

Wipe down your mask using warm water and mild soap.  Let the mask air-dry before using.

If your unit has a humidifier, empty it and refill with distilled water before going to bed.

CPAP cleaning wipes  are a quick and easy way to clean your mask.

Weekly Cleaning:

Your mask and tubing need to be washed every week to prevent bacteria growth and illnesses.

Disassemble your mask. Clean the mask along with the tubing and headgear in warm water using mild soap. Air-dry the mask and headgear on a clean towel or paper napkin and hang the tubing to let it dry.

If your unit has a humidifier, empty the water chamber and wash it in warm water with mild soap. Let the chamber dry fully before using again.

A portable CPAP cleaner is a quick, easy solution to cleaning your mask, headgear, tubing, and water chamber. Although more pricey than regular cleaning equipment, this is a good investment! An automated CPAP cleaner can save you a lot of time and effort.

Don’t Forget to…

  • Avoid using petroleum jelly, alcohol, aloe, perfumes, or any other cleaning solution to clean your machine. Doing so will not only irritate your lungs and cause you to fall ill, but may also corrode your machine!
  • After washing your equipment, thoroughly air dry each part before assembling the unit together.

Replacing your CPAP products:

You should replace parts that shows signs of damage such as cracks or tears.

CPAP supplies also need to be replaced periodically to maintain the quality of your therapy. The table below details when to replace different parts of your CPAP unit.

Component Suggested Schedule
Heat Moisture Exchange Unit Every 7-10 days
Nasal cushion Every month
Pillows cushion Every month
Full-face cushion Every month
Filter, fine disposable Every month
Filter, gross particle foam Every month
Mask Every 3 months
Tubing Every 3 months
Humidifier Water Chamber Every 6 months
Headgear Every 6 months
Chinstrap Every 6 months
Therapy device Every 5 years

It is important to clean your CPAP supplies regularly to ensure your health and the quality of your therapy. Just a few minutes a day can mean that you get a good night’s sleep and your products last for much longer!

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