Tips for Cleaning Your CPAP Machines & Nebulizers
CPAP machines, nebulizers, and all other oxygen accessories are very important for many individuals. However, while using them is vital, it’s also essential to clean and maintain them properly. If you neglect these important steps, you could risk mold exposure, catching a sickness, or voiding your device's warranty. To ensure you’re getting superior performance, follow these tips on how to properly clean your CPAP machines and nebulizers:
Maintaining CPAP Machines
Luckily, the process for cleaning CPAP machines only takes about five minutes. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- A sink, tub, or something similar
- Warm, drinkable water
- Mild soap
- A clean towel
Cleaning the mask cushion, frame, and headgear
To effectively clean and disinfect these areas, unplug your machine from its power source and remove the mask and air tubing from the device. Then, detach your mask into three separate parts—the cushion, headgear, and frame. In a sink or tub, use water and soap to gently clean these three items. Refrain from using strong cleaning products, as these may damage your machine. After cleaning, rinse to remove any remaining soap or residue, and place the three components on a towel to dry. For optimal performance and sanitation measures, follow these steps daily.
Cleaning your air tubing
To properly maintain your air tubing, clean it weekly. Luckily, you can follow the same cleaning process as you would with your mask cushion, frame, and headgear—remove the hose/tubing, wash it with water and soap, and leave it out to dry.
Cleaning your humidifier tub
It’s important to clean your humidifier tub every single day. To do so, follow the same tips as you would with the other devices we talked about—remove the tub, wash with soap and water, then dry on a towel. One thing to remember is that your humidifier tub should always be clear and clean with no discoloration. Also, once a week, soak your tub in a mixture of 1-part white vinegar and 1-part water. Do this for 15-20 minutes, then leave it out to dry.
A nebulizer is another oxygen device that requires routine cleaning. Take a look at some tips on how to properly maintain this machine and its oxygen accessories:
After every use
After using your nebulizer, detach the mask/mouthpiece, connector, and tubing from the cup. Set the tubing aside for now—this doesn’t need to be cleaned. Then, rinse the connector and mouthpiece under warm water for at least 30 seconds. Place the components on a towel to dry. Once dry, reassemble everything and run the machine for 30 seconds to complete the drying process. Also, at least once a day, wash your mask using both soap and water.
To start the weekly cleaning process, clean the mouthpiece/mask and connector as you normally would. Then, create a mixture of 1-part white vinegar and 2-parts water, and soak the components for 30 minutes. Once the pieces are dry, reassemble the nebulizer and run it for 10-20 seconds. If you need to clean the compressor, use a wipe or damp cloth.