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How Often Should I Clean My CPAP?

Keeping Your CPAP Clean is Key

Man sleeping on a bed with a CPAP mask on his face.

It may be the middle of winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to put off cleaning until spring! For CPAP users, it’s especially important to keep your equipment sanitized. After all, it is pushing air through your body night after night. Here are a few things you should be doing on a regular basis to keep it in tip-top shape:

Once a day CPAP cleaning

Empty the CPAP humidifier’s water chamber to keep bacteria from building up and drain the excess water from the tubing. It’s really easy for germs to build up on the surface of a CPAP machine, so make sure you wipe it down once a day. Finally, use handy CPAP mask wipes to give the inside of your CPAP mask a good clean.

Once a week CPAP cleaning

Give your CPAP mask, tubing and re-usable filter a good soak in warm, soapy water about once a week. Let it dry thoroughly before using again. We find that using mild soaps (such as baby soaps, Dove or Ivory) work the best.

Once a month CPAP cleaning

We recommend that you give your entire machine a wipe-down with warm water once a month. That includes picking it up and getting the bottom where it’s been sitting on the nightstand, as well as the inside of the humidifier. Finally, replace your disposable filter.

3-6 month CPAP replacement

For functional and sanitary reasons, we recommend that you replace your CPAP tubes every three months and your CPAP mask every six months. With most insurance plans you are eligible for this regular replacement, so make sure you check your insurance and take advantage of this!

Use a SoClean

We understand that all this maintenance can be very time-consuming. But just like they made dishwashers and Roombas for those who are too busy for daily chores, they also made the SoClean® CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer for those who don’t have the time to clean their CPAP machines. Simply hook your device up to the SoClean and walk away—it’s that easy!

We’re here to answer any questions you may have about your CPAP supplies. Chances are, there’s a CarePro Home Medical close to you, so why don’t you stop by and talk to our experts today?