Now that the snow and cost weather is (mostly) gone, you may be taking the opportunity to do a bit of “spring cleaning” in many areas of your life. If you use a CPAP machine regularly to help with your sleep apnea, then this would be a great opportunity to give the parts of your machine a much-needed clean so your CPAP can work to its full potential.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start this process:
Supplies you will need: You will need access to lukewarm water, a mild unscented soap, and a damp cloth. Vinegar, diluted in water, would be great for cleaning places with lots of build-up of bacteria and hard water deposits (such as the tubing). Do not use any bleach or harsh chemicals on your CPAP, and never leave your CPAP out in the sun to dry.
How to deep clean your CPAP: Take the device apart completely, including the headgear and cushions, tubing, and any other chambers (such as the humidifier). Give each part a thorough clean with water and soapy water. As mentioned above, vinegar diluted in water can be used for a few areas that need extra attention. Make sure all of the parts are thoroughly rinsed and don’t put the CPAP back together until all parts are completely dry. The machine can just be given a quick wipe down with a damp cloth.
Take inventory of your CPAP parts: Take a moment to inspect all the parts on your CPAP machine to make sure they are still in good working condition. Many CPAP parts wear out from frequent use after a period and will need replacing. If anything is starting to show cracks, deficiencies, or other signs of wear and tear, then it may be time to replace that part.
Start a CPAP Cleaning Routine: As a general rule, you should be giving your CPAP a basic clean and wipe down on a regular basis (at least once per week, if not daily) especially for parts that touch your face. If you are not doing this then the spring can be a great time to start a routine for cleaning your CPAP, so all the parts can last longer and help you sleep better.