- Uses activated oxygen, no soap required
- Top reputation, highly regarded brand
- Kills 99% of germs
- Easy to use, comes with adaptors
Ranked: Best CPAP Cleaners of 2019
Sani Bot CPAP Cleaner
- Uses water and powerful cleansing tablets
- More powerful cleaning vs. ozone, but takes longer
- Easy setup, includes 60 cleaning tablets
Webetop Mini CPAP Cleaner (Portable)
- Portable option, small size, easy to travel with
- Uses ozone for cleaning, very simple
- No soap or water required
Solid Cleaner CPAP Sanitizer
- Good portable option. Includes entire kit
- Cleans in 20 min, very fast
- Uses activated oxygen to clean
Moocoo 2019 Upgraded CPAP Cleaner
- Best budget option
- Very economical. No extra features
- Small and portable, simple to use
- Inexpensive, but you get what you pay for
Why Do You Need A CPAP Cleaner?
Manufacturers, suppliers, and sleep physicians all recommend regular cleaning of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment.
The mask, tubing, and water chamber should be cleaned on a daily (or at least weekly) basis with liquid dish soap and hot water. In addition, the device’s filter should be replaced every 2 to 4 weeks. Distilled water is meant to be used in the water chamber to reduce risk.
This cleaning standard may be an ideal that not everyone lives up to.
Some patients never clean their equipment. This may lead to significant problems.
- Minerals may accumulate within the water chamber.
- Mucus may collect in the mask.
- Germs may be found in the tubing.
- Mold may grow in moist environments.
- There may be unpleasant smells.
- The equipment may appear unhygienic.
The potential risks with unclean equipment could also be direct exposure to bacteria, viruses, and molds. This may raise the possibility of nasty colds, sinus infections, and even pneumonia.
It is best to use a dedicated CPAP cleaner machine to make the cleaning process easier. While you could simply use soap and water, there are specific machines built to easily disenfect and sanitize the CPAP mask.
On a daily basis, you should be wiping the mask down using a damp towel with a mild detergent to remove dead skin cells, oils, and sweat on the mask that can impair the quality of its seal. You can then gently rinse it down and clean it with a towel and allow the mask to air-dry.
Or simply use one of the machines recommended above to make cleaning easy and simple.
What Is A CPAP Cleaner?
There are two devices to help those with chronic obstructive sleep apnea: CPAP and BiPAP. These work differently but both need to be cleaned to stay in good working condition and to ensure you’re not exposed to harmful germs and bacteria via your machine.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP machine forces air into your throat to help keep your airway from collapsing as you inhale while sleeping. There are three types of CPAP machines commonly prescribed to sleep apnea sufferers.
Nasal Pillow – Fits snugly under the nose and seals around your nostril.
Nasal CPAP Mask – It covers just your nose, so it’s more comfortable than a full mask.
Full-face CPAP Mask – It covers both your nose and mouth.
BiPAP is the other mask therapy for sleep apnea and stands for bilevel positive airway pressure. BiPAP uses lower pressure air than a CPAP machine. It delivers oxygen at two levels of pressure with a greater quantity of oxygen pushed during inhalation than exhalation.
As you breathe in and out, bacteria from your mouth and nose flow into the mask, nose pieces, and hoses of your device. These can fester and grow leaving an unhealthy environment where germs can flourish. An unclean CPAP may increase the risk of upper respiratory illness and other troubling health effects.
When you have a heated hose, that may increase the risk by providing a warm breeding ground for germs. Properly sanitizing your CPAP machine kills germs that might otherwise lead to illness. You can hand wash your device, but there’s no guarantee you will do it properly, plus it’s inconvenient.
With a CPAP cleaner, you can easily disinfect your sleep apnea therapy device as often as you want with no hassle and without taking up your time. Next, we’ll look at the features that differentiate CPAP cleaners, so you can choose the one that’s best for your lifestyle.