Cleaning Tips : How to Clean a CPAP Machine

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[deleted] June 8, 2013 at 2:58 am   

up to I looked at the receipt which said $4803, I didn't believe …that…my neighbours mother woz like they say realie making money in there spare time on their laptop.. there moms best frend had bean doing this less than twenty months and resantly cleared the morgage on their home and purchased Renault 4. we looked here,

PAULLLLLL January 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm   

i just use hot soapy water or a mild astrigent cleaner on all the washable removable parts

Anonymous June 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm   

I'm lazy. I don't use a humidifier. I have been on CPAP since 1985. I clean the exterior filter every couple of months by shaking it and don't bother with anything else. Everything else works fine. Cleaning is nice, but not really necessary.

sleepy one
sleepy one May 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm   

filter in my cpac how i clean it

Margo May 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm   

I agree, I'm sorry to criticize but this was not helpful. She hold the thing up and says clean it this way but does not demonstrate. She does demonstrate cleaning the small DISPOSABLE filters but they're disposable. I have quite a challenge with the long hose. It seems to me that cleaning the inside is the important thing but how do you get the warm water to stay *inside* the hose long enough to soak it thoroughly? I've tried weighing it down in a tub of warm water with vinegar but there are still air pockets inside the hose. Am I being too anal?

chuckb April 10, 2010 at 2:15 am   

When I heard about this video, I thought it was going to demonstrate how to clean the "deeper" areas of the machine. So much for that.

I find that cleaning a CPAP is a bit like cooking an omelet. Everyone has a different way to do it, but all accomplish the same result, to a point. I've been using a CPAP now for ~14 years, and just got a newer one. (The old one is now at my summer place, so I don't have to haul the new one around if I don't need to.)

Usage and cleaning information on the new one (Respironics M Series with humidifier) was verbal and minimal. Also, I tend to not stick to the recommended cleaning schedule, mostly because of the amount of time it takes to clean the thing.

What I do is to scrub out the kitchen sink, rinse it well, and plug it. Then I fill it over half way with warm (almost hot) water, and add a small amount of regular dish detergent.
I feed in the mask (without the cap), the swivel, and the hose, and let them soak for about half an hour. Then I pour the soapy water through the hose and mask, in _both_ directions.

Once that is done, I'll rinse everything out with plain warm water, to get all the soap out. If your hose fits over the sink aerator, it works very well. When that's done, I hang dry the mask, hose, and swivel.

Lately, I've been using a large (half gallon) container like cottage cheese may come in. That way, I can seal the container and shake it. Does a bit better of a job, I think.

When it's time to clean the cap, I usually run it thru the washing machine with other "delicate" things, and then hang it to dry.

I only clean the humidifier tank when I've had to use tap water for some reason, to prevent or remove any calcification.


TiredToday April 6, 2010 at 8:48 am   

I just got my cpap machine yesterday. I was told to wash the humidifier part of it (part that holds the water) in the dishwasher once per week (but to rince it out every morning, and also to use distilled water only for filling it for use), the hose once per week using half water and half vineger and hand to drip dry, and the nose pillows to be washed each morning using a mild soap such as dish detergent, then let that air dry. As for the filter on the outside, I was told I would receive new filters every few weeks. I will also receive new nose pillows and hose every so often (can't remember exactly how often).

phatmusiclover8 April 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm   


kevindhsr March 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm   

The video is helpful in that you should clean your unit! I find that my humidifier gets gunked up even though I use distilled water and I use a bottle brush with just a dusting of Comet cleanser in the cold water. The unit instructions say to clean the hose and mask every week and that works out fine. I use cold water and mild soap with a rinse , it reminds me when I cleaned SCBA masks for the volunteer fire company I ran with for 4 years. I also used SCBA for changing chlorine cylinders at the wastewater plant I worked at 28 yrs. When I first got the cpap I had apprehension about wearing it as I am a light sleeper. But the SCBA air was filtered and cool and actually better than ambient air( without allergens ) and the cpap with the humidifier is so refreshing when properly maintained.

KaplanAdvisor March 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm   

I have to agree..this video was not helpful. I have been told not only does one use a mild soap but never a soap with a disinfectant in it and be careful of the smell of soap as you will breath in anything you allow it to soak in. If you like the smell of listerine you will smell it for days if not rinsed super well. I use Purpose mild soap which is for sensitive skin so has very little odor. I soak all parts including the hose then rinse several times thru once a week.

papadave March 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm   

This video was not correct. She was well intentioned, but her demonstration left out several crucial steps to completely sanitize and clean a CPAP machine. Thanks for trying, but maybe do a little more research next time.

concordkimberly March 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm   

This was not helpful at all. My husband has been using a CPAP machine for years. Our respiratory therapist taught us how to clean the machine. You have to disassemble the hose, mask, bumpers, straps, reservoir, and both filters. You need to wash the head straps in something formulated to remove hair-related dirt…like baby shampoo. The mask gets mucous, spit, and facial oils in it so you need to disinfect it weekly. He recommended submerging and soaking those parts and the hose in water and listerine. The woman in this video seemed as if she overheard someone talking about this and decided she knew better, even though she had never used one!

majeral March 17, 2010 at 10:06 am   
Edited March 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm by John CrowleyA

I am sorry but this was not a very good video. She needed to show that you take the hose off! You need to take the whole thing apart and rinse then wash (Ivory soap) is the best gentle soap. She should have been at the sink. If I was new and just got one I would not be doing a very good job following her instructions .

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