Why Sterilizing Your CPAP Equipment is so Important?

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Did you just get diagnosed with sleep apnea and got prescribed to undergo CPAP therapy? Are you worried about taking care of your CPAP equipment? Well, you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to talk about the significance of keeping your CPAP equipment clean and disinfected. Later one, we will discuss how to clean the CPAP equipment without compromising it efficacy.

The CPAP machine comprises of various components such as the humidifier chamber, filters, tubing/hose, mask, and the headgear. Everything around us is covered in germs. The CPAP machine is no exception. It is something you use in direct contact with your face. You breathe through it while you sleep, which is why the accumulation of bacteria is even higher and hazardous to your health.

You don’t want to put a filthy CPAP mask on all night, do you? Your CPAP machine is susceptible to formation of molds, bacterial and viral buildup. The bacteria on your mask can cause skin infection and give you acne. In some cases, an unclean mask could also cause rashes and redness of the skin. The CPAP machines are vulnerable to condensation as well. The tubing is an ideal place for all sorts of molds to flourish. Breathing the air coming through the infested tubing can give you respiratory ailments like bronchitis. If you have respiratory allergies as is, it becomes even more critical to keep your CPAP components sanitized to prevent your condition from aggravating.

cpap cleaning supplies

Now let’s see how to clean the CPAP accessories. It is recommended that you do not use any harsh antibacterial solution, bleach, alcohol or vinegar to disinfect your CPAP equipment. They are delicate and such cleansing agents can affect their structural integrity and functional efficacy. You can clean the mask with a mild soap diluted in lukewarm water, place it on a clean paper towel and let it dry it on its own. Masks are supposed to be cleaned every day. Make it a habit to disinfect your mask every morning so that it gets plenty of time to dry.

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer

The humidifier chamber needs to be cleaned and disinfected at least once a week. The same goes for the tube that connects the mask to the machine. Using a CPAP tube cleaning brush would remove all the dirt and grunge from the inside of the tube. You can use lukewarm soapy water and then rinse them thoroughly. Hang-dry the tubing and air dry the humidifier chamber on a clean paper towel. The headgear and chinstraps should be hand-washed once a week too. It is perfectly fine if you use SoClean to clean the mask and tube. However, never wash the headgear in the machine. Always use distilled or sterile water to clean the CPAP components. Never use tap water.

We hope this article gave you an insight into why it is so important to clean and disinfect your CPAP components so thoroughly. It is vital to your health and for the efficient functioning of the CPAP machine.

Joanna Levin, Sleep Medicine Specialist

I graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine a while back. My previous work station was at the HFHS. The institution is better known as the Henry Ford Health System. While there, I served diligently, working as a professional sleep consultant.

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