Updated February 19, 2019
Cleaning your CPAP Mask can improve your health by getting rid of debris and other residues that can cause allergies or sickness. Some of the items cleaning can remove include dead skin cells, oils, dirt, and bacteria. Keeping your CPAP Mask clean not only keeps you from getting sick, but It also helps extend the life of your mask, meaning it requires fewer replacements. Plus, it helps create a better seal for a more comfortable experience.
We can all agree that we prefer our CPAP Masks to be clean, but what are the best ways to do so? What are the best products to use?
CPAP Cleaner Must-Haves
When it comes to CPAP equipment, your CPAP cleaner should meet the following criteria:
- Does not give off a harmful residue.
- Is hypoallergenic.
- Is colorless.
- Is a natural or mild cleaning agent.
The following products meet the requirements listed above:
- The Citrus II CPAP mask spray cleaner is a safe and effective spray cleaner with a citrus scent
- CPAP mask wipes can clean your mask, machine and small CPAP parts
- CPAP cleaning solutions, like Control III, disinfectant pre-cleaned surfaces
- CPAP sanitizing machines, like the Lumin, kill 99% of bacteria known to thrive in untreated CPAP masks and water chambers
- CPAP tube cleaning wands and pads keep your hose free of dust and debris
- CPAP equipment dryers, like the Hurricane, use static warm air to dry CPAP parts and accessories in an enclosed cabinet
Tips for Cleaning Your CPAP Mask
To properly maintain, clean, and extend the life of your mask, there are two different types of cleaning that need to take place:
- Daily cleaning
- Weekly cleaning
Each one involves different steps and different levels of clean. The better you understand the differences, the cleaner you can keep your mask, helping to extend its life, quality, and usefulness. One thing that is vital to remember is that you should always, always, always clean your CPAP masks, tubing, etc. by hand and only by hand.
Daily Cleaning for Your CPAP Mask
Daily cleaning involves the use of mild CPAP mask cleaners or a pre-moistened toilette designed specifically for CPAP masks to wipe down the interior of the mask as well as the area where it seals to your face.
This process removes oil, sweat, and bacteria from the mask, making it safer to use day after day. If your CPAP device has a humidifier, you should also remove leftover water daily and refill the humidifier with clean, distilled water daily. This will help prevent the introduction of unnecessary particles, spores, and bacteria into the mask or the air you’re breathing in through the mask.
If you’ve been sick, you will need to wash your tubing, filters, and humidifier – in addition to your mask, daily for the duration of your illness.
Weekly Cleaning for Your CPAP Mask
Weekly cleaning for your CPAP mask is a little more involved than the traditional daily cleaning process. Instead of merely wiping your mask and tubing with cleansers you will want to run a sink of warm water with antibacterial cleansers and soak the mark in the water for at least five minutes before cleaning and rinsing the mask and tubing. Allow them to air dry afterward in a position that ensures all water will clear out of your mask and the tubing.
You should also rinse the non-disposable (gray) filter in warm water, squeezing it to make sure there’s no dust remaining in the folds of the filter then blot it dry with a towel. Do not wash the disposable (white) machine filter. It should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
What Not to Use When Cleaning Your CPAP Mask
While there are many products on the market you can use to clean your CPAP mask and other equipment, there are also many products that might be harmful to use on these devices, including those listed below:
- Scented Soaps
- Oil Based Products
- Hand Sanitizers
- Antibacterial Wipes
- Antibacterial Soaps
- Moisturizers and Lotions or Soaps Containing Them
Mild detergents work best as do products specifically created to clean and disinfect CPAP masks and equipment. You should also use only distilled water in the device’s reservoir to ensure there is no buildup in the tubing or discoloration of your mask. Also, keep all CPAP components out of direct sunlight where they can be damaged.
In addition to CPAP mask cleaning wipes, there are plenty of other products, including disinfecting cleaning solutions and mask cleansers you can purchase to assist you in keeping your CPAP mask clean. You can even purchase travel size packages of CPAP cleaning wipes to help you keep your mask clean while traveling.
There are some CPAP cleaners you can purchase if you don’t want to go to the hassle of daily cleaning and weekly washing as described above. The various machines, like the Lumin CPAP Mask and Accessories Cleaner, in the market offer you an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of completely clean and disinfected CPAP masks and other equipment with far less effort than the washing process involves. In fact, these machines do the sterilization work for you.
How do CPAP cleaners work? For the most part, you remove your mask, humidifiers, and tubing and place them inside the device. Then the device does the work for you. When you remove them to get ready for bed you will have equipment that is clean, disinfected, and ready for use.
When buying CPAP mask cleaning products, make sure none of the products you purchase contain the ingredients listed above (ammonia, chlorine, bleach, vinegar, etc.). This helps you avoid doing unintentional damage to your CPAP mask. Buying cleaning products from reputable organizations will help with that.
CPAP Equipment Cleaning Takeaways
Regularly cleaning your CPAP masks offers a host of benefits. One of the primary benefits being that there are no buildups of unpleasant odors within your mask. Germs, bacteria, sweat, and oils can create a foul and unpleasant smell combination if not cleaned often. Daily cleaning helps avoid this type of buildup.
Additionally, cleaning can extend the life of your mask and your overall good health. The cleaning tips mentioned above will help you accomplish more with your cleaning time, so you can keep your CPAP mask in outstanding working order longer.
This saves you money, time, poor health, and more along the way. Now is the perfect time to start changing your CPAP mask cleaning habits, allowing to get much more pleasure and benefit from your sleep experience.
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David Repasky has been using CPAP treatment since 2017 and has first-hand experience with what it’s like to live with Sleep Apnea. He brings the patient’s perspective to the CPAP.com blog and has received formal training in CPAP machines, masks, and equipment.