You’ve probably done a lot of spring cleaning over these past few months. Many people with CPAP machines tend to neglect the regular cleaning of their machines, or they only attempt this once every few weeks.
Regular and thorough cleaning of your CPAP machine and parts is essential to ensuring it lasts as long as possible and that it is always in top working condition.
If you are not doing so already, it is important to develop a routine for cleaning your CPAP machine, using these helpful tips:
- Wipe down the mask every day, especially the parts that come in contact directly with your skin, such as the cushions. Your facial oils can wear the mask down faster, resulting in you having to replace it sooner than necessary. Simply use wipes, or a warm washcloth with mild soap. It takes less than 5 minutes.
- At least once a week, be sure to give your mask, tubing, headgear and your humidifier (if you have one) a good bath. Simply wash them in your bathroom sink filled with a mild detergent (dish detergent is perfectly fine). Give them a good scrub for about 5 minutes and let the parts air dry for a while. You can wipe them down with a towel as well if you prefer
- Clean the filter to your CPAP machine at least once a week. Just rinse it under water, making sure to rinse out any dust and wipe it down with a towel. Remember that CPAP filters need to be replaced at least once a month in order to run smoothly
- Your CPAP machine itself doesn’t need as much attention as the other parts, but it’s good to wipe it down once every few weeks, even with just a wipe. Just don’t overdo it with the washing, otherwise you run the risk of the machine not working as well.
You wouldn’t think of using dirty dishes that haven’t been washed in days, so would you do the same for your CPAP machine? Be sure to check out papsmart.com for CPAP machine cleaning supplies, including wipes and a travel spray.