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How To Clean Your CPAP

Whether you’re new to CPAP or you’re a CPAP veteran, you’re probably wondering, “How am I supposed to clean this thing?!” Well, if you want to know how to clean your CPAP supplies, you’re in the right place!

In this article, we’ll be discussing different ways to clean your CPAP equipment and keep it bacteria free!

What Are My Options For Cleaning My CPAP?

There are two main ways to clean your CPAP supplies. 

First, you can choose to clean your CPAP supplies by hand. Although this is the cheaper option, it takes significantly more time and effort to clean your supplies this way.

Second, you can choose to clean your CPAP supplies with a CPAP cleaner device. This option does cost more, but it will make cleaning your supplies a breeze and more thorough.

In this article, we’ll explore both manual and automatic cleaning options to help you figure out which is best!

Cleaning By Hand

Although it takes more work, if you prefer cleaning your supplies by hand, here are two techniques to use. 

1. Soap and Water

This is probably how most people start cleaning their supplies when they first get their CPAP machine. 

Although this is probably the most obvious method, it’s definitely one of the more demanding ways. There are quite a few downsides to this approach including:

  • It requires more time and effort on a daily basis to keep your supplies clean
  • Oftentimes, your supplies (particularly your tube) won’t be dry by the time that you need it at night
  • It’s also recommended that you specifically clean your humidifier chamber with a vinegar solution every other week if you’re washing by hand

2. Cleanser and Tube Brush

Another way to clean your CPAP supplies is by using an Aroma-Infused Cleanser Spray and a CPAP Tube Brush.

In doing this, you’ll be able to clean and wipe down your supplies with the Cleanser Spray (which smells pretty good, by the way). Then, you can spray the end of your Tube Brush with the Cleanser Spray and clean the inside of your CPAP tubing, which is extremely hard to clean and dry when using just soap and water!

CPAP cleanser spray and tubing cleaning brush

CPAP cleanser spray and tubing cleaning brush

Although these options are relatively more affordable, they require significantly more time and effort. On top of that, your supplies are likely less sanitized than if you had used some of the other machine options that are available.

Cleaning Machines

Instead of cleaning your supplies by hand, the alternative option is to clean your supplies using one of the many CPAP cleaning machines currently on the market. Basically, these CPAP cleaning machines use either ozone or UV Light to kill over 99% of bacteria that may be on your equipment.

Of all the CPAP cleaning machines available, there are three options that are the most popular:

1. Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner

Sleep8 CPAP Cleaning Machine

Overall, this machine has become a hit among CPAP users and for good reason. The Sleep8 Cleaner is the smallest and lightest CPAP cleaner and it’s the perfect travel companion if you’re cleaning on the go. To learn all about the Sleep8, you can read our comprehensive Sleep8 review on our blog. Below we also outline a few great features of this machine:

  • Travel Friendly: The Sleep8 weighs in at 0.6 lbs and can be used without being plugged in, making it the perfect device to bring with you on your next trip.
  • Near-Universal Compatibility: The Sleep8 is able to clean all of your supplies with no adapters needed.
  • Speedy, Automatic Sanitization: When you press go, the Sleep8 starts it’s 1-hour cycle and automatically turns off when it’s done sanitizing.
Sleep8 CPAP Cleaning Device

2. SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaning Device

The SoClean 2 Cleaner has remained one of the top CPAP cleaning machines on the market for a while. This machine is easy-to-use and the perfect device for at-home cleaning of your CPAP supplies. Below we outline some of the top features of this machine, but you can also check out our full SoClean 2 review article on our blog. Some of the product highlights of the SoClean 2 include:

  • One-Click Cleaning: Cleaning with the SoClean is a breeze. All you need to do is put your mask in the machine, close the lid, and press go!
  • Automatic Sanitizing Cycle: After you put your mask in the SoClean, the SoClean can be set to automatically start its two-hour cycle, so you don’t have to think about your supplies until you’re ready to use them again.
  • Clean All Your Supplies at Once: Unlike other CPAP cleaners, the SoClean allows you to clean your mask, tubing and water chamber at the same time without needing to attach or detach anything.
SoClean CPAP Cleaning Machine

3. Lumin CPAP Cleaner

Lumin CPAP Cleaning Device

The Lumin CPAP Cleaner is one of the newer cleaners on the market, but it has gained a solid following due to its use of UV Light instead of ozone technology. On top of that, this machine is easy to use and can quickly clean your mask and humidifier chamber. As discussed in our Lumin Cleaner review article, here are some of the best features of this device:

  • 5-Minute Cycle: With the Lumin, you can have your supplies cleaned in just 5 minutes! That’s the fastest time of any CPAP cleaner.
  • Uses UV Light: Unlike most other sanitizers on the market, the Lumin uses UV Light to sanitize your supplies instead of ozone.
  • Ease of Use: The Lumin is extremely easy to use, all you need to do is put your supplies in the machine’s drawer and press go!
Lumin CPAP Cleaning Device

What Does Easy Breathe Recommend?

Easy Breathe recommends that CPAP users use a CPAP cleaning device (as opposed to cleaning by hand) to ensure proper sanitization of supplies between therapy sessions. Our customers have found great success with all three of the cleaning machines reviewed above.

Are There Any Promotional Deals For CPAP Cleaners?

Yes, of course! If you’re looking for promotional deals for our cleaning machines, just click the links below to find the latest deal on the machine of your choice.

Still Unsure About What Cleaning Method is Right For You?

If you’re still unsure about what cleaning method is right for you, give us a call at  (866) 564-2252. One of our customer service representatives would be happy to help!

If you’re looking to learn more about the different cleaning machines, you can check out our full cleaning machine review here and you can view the CPAP cleaning devices mentioned above on our website here.