Dish Soap? Vinegar? Or Both?
It's important to clean and sanitize your CPAP machine regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria, mold, and other harmful particles. Here are the steps to follow to wash a CPAP machine:
- Disassemble the CPAP machine: Remove the mask, tubing, and water chamber from the CPAP machine.
- Wash the mask, tubing, and water chamber: Wash these components in warm water and mild soap. You can use a soft-bristled brush to scrub away any buildup. Rinse thoroughly and let them air dry.
- Clean the CPAP machine: Wipe down the exterior of the CPAP machine with a damp cloth. Be careful not to get any water inside the machine.
- Clean the filters: Remove the pollen filters (if you have them) from the CPAP machine and rinse them under running water. Let them air dry completely before replacing them. For the white disposable filters, remove them during the cleaning process. And put them back in when complete. These filters should be replaced once per month.
- Sanitize the components: Use a CPAP sanitizer or a solution of one part distilled white vinegar to two parts water to sanitize the mask, tubing, and water chamber. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the CPAP sanitizer or soak the components in the vinegar solution for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly and letting them air dry. You can also wash your mask with mild dish soap, and use the vinegar solution once a month, rather than every week.
- Reassemble the CPAP machine: Once all the components are dry, reassemble the CPAP machine and make sure it is functioning properly before using it again.
DO NOT USE Bleach or Alcohol to clean any part of your CPAP system.
It's important to clean your CPAP machine at least once a week, or more frequently if recommended by your healthcare provider. By following these steps, you can keep your CPAP machine clean and hygienic for safe and effective use.