Tips for Taking Care of Your CPAP Machine
If you’re one of the millions of Americans that use a CPAP machine, consider establishing a regular cleaning routine. A CPAP machine circulates warm and humidified air, so harmful substances such as bacteria and mold may build up over time if you don’t properly maintain the machine. We provide some of our essential CPAP maintenance tips.
When to Clean Your CPAP Machine
In general, it’s recommended that CPAP users clean their machines on a weekly basis. This includes wiping the mask with non-alcoholic cleansing wipes, flushing out the tubing with soap and water, and thoroughly soaking and washing the water chamber. Remember to always use distilled water to prevent the buildup of mineral build up.
What Cleaning Supplies to Use
Luckily, cleaning a CPAP machine doesn’t require any specialized cleaning supplies or equipment. You won’t even have to purchase anything you don’t already use to tidy up your house or apartment. Some items you’ll need to get started include the following:
- All your CPAP accessories. This includes the machine, headgear, mask, tubing, and water chamber
- Soft cloth
- Warm water
- Antibacterial dish soap
- A space to rinse the equipment such as a sink or tub
- Towel to dry when complete
How to Clean Your CPAP Machine
Cleaning your CPAP machine takes little time out of your day, and it won’t take long to make it a habitual part of your daily routine. A few simple steps you should take each time you clean your CPAP include the following:
- Before doing anything, unplug your CPAP machine from its outlet.
- Disconnect all components from the CPAP machine. This includes the mask and headgear, the tubing, and the water chamber from the humidifier component.
- Fill a sink or tub with warm water and a small amount of antibacterial dish soap. Soak the CPAP components in the water for about 30 minutes. Air dry the components.
- While the parts soak in the sink or tub, rinse the dust from the CPAP machine itself with a damp cloth.
- When the parts completely dry, reassemble the CPAP machine and make sure to connect the tubing in the correct spaces.
By sticking with these CPAP maintenance tips, you’ll ensure that the air coming through the system is clean and free of any bacteria or other irritants.