Keeping your CPAP machine clean is critical in ensuring better health and better sleep. It’s also where bacteria and mold can start to grow if not properly cleaned. There are two main ways of cleaning your CPAP machine.
The mechanical way and a method using UV Light or Ozone to kill any mold or bacteria.
However, try to avoid ozone as it may void a warranty on some manufacturer like ResMed.
The best way to clean your CPAP mask is the one that works best for your lifestyle. Because a clean machine will ensure you are not breathing in any hazards.
There are also CPAP mask cleaning solutions that can help disinfect your mask and equipment which you can spray directly on the mask. This way you can both clean and disinfect the mask and hose at the same time.
Many sleep professionals recommend that you keep your machine clean by cleaning every morning. However if you are pressed for time, at least aim to clean weekly.
Signs you will need to clean your machine:
If you smell any odor or see any buildup in your mask or hose. You should plan to clean your machine. Keep a watchful eye on your machine mold or buildup can occur.
The simplest way to clean your machine, mask and hose is to unplug the machine and disassemble the water chamber, hose and mask.
Using mild soap and water, clean each of the items by hand and ensure you rinse any residue thoroughly.
Lay the equipment on towel to dry completely so it is ready to use at night.
You can also use vinegar to address any mold as vinegar kills 82% of the mold species. However, be sure that the equipment is completely dry before using.
Things to Avoid:
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