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What Not to Do When Cleaning CPAP

Last updated: February 2022

Thanks to the generosity of folks who’ve used CPAP for years, there are many great tips for new users getting to know and use their machines. Do this, do that...so much great advice!

But sometimes we aren’t told what we should avoid.

This series of 3 spotlights things that both new – and established – CPAP users should avoid when it comes to using their therapy. They include:

This time, we look at The Don’ts of CPAP Cleaning.

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The don’ts of CPAP cleaning

Don't forget to clean your machine

Without a good CPAP cleaning practice, you risk becoming sick from a buildup of bacteria, viruses, pollutants, and other microorganisms.

Don't immerse your CPAP machine in liquids

When it comes to the base of your CPAP machine, it’s best cleaned with a damp cloth or wipe. Immersion could damage your machine.

Don't clean masks or machine parts with peroxide, bleach, ammonia, or alcohol

Not only do these substances put your health and safety at risk, but these chemicals will quickly degrade your accessories, forcing you to replace them more frequently.

Don't wash headgear in the washing machine

If you put it in the washing machine, it will become stretched out and won’t fit right.

Don't dry headgear in the clothes dryer

CPAP headgear isn’t designed to tumble in a dryer. After wiping it down with a damp cloth or wipe, let it dry on a towel or hang it dry.

Don't wash equipment in the dishwasher

Dishwashers aren’t meant to wash CPAP equipment. Temperatures, detergents, and unhygienic substances within the dishwasher can damage your equipment.

Don't swing the hoses around to dry them out

Added strain on tubing can tear the hose away from the sections used to connect it to the machine or the mask. Today’s machines provide options for blowing air through hoses to help warm them and push out any remaining condensation, should you need this option at bedtime.

Don't forget to replace or wash filters

Some CPAP machines use a single replaceable filter, while others feature washable filters. It’s important to keep your filters replaced or clean so ensure the highest safety and quality of your pressurized air.

Learn more about cleaning CPAP

Check out the following 10 selected resources to learn more about cleaning, maintaining, replenishing, and replacing your CPAP machine and accessories.

  1. How to Maintain Your CPAP Machine
  2. Cleaning my CPAP (video)
  3. My Most Dreaded Task: Cleaning My CPAP Machine
  4. How I Clean My CPAP
  5. How I Clean My CPAP Supplies: Mask, Tubing, and Humidifier
  6. How Do You Know When It's Time for New CPAP Supplies?
  7. Best Places You Can Buy CPAP Supplies, Parts, and Spares
  8. Where Can I Buy CPAP Supplies?
  9. CPAP Mask and Equipment Cleaners: What Is Best?
  10. SoClean Files Suit Against PAP Maker Philips

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