In order to be a healthy recovering snorer, you may have been prescribed the amazing opportunity of a CPAP or a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine. While at first look it may seem as if it is an unfortunate experience, it is an amazing opportunity to sound like Darth Vader! Maybe, only some people that that is cool. You can be one of them. Anyway, so to ensure that you CPAP machine is running optimally and keeping you healthy, it is best to clean the mask regularly.
At night as you are taking in refreshing oxygen, you are also breathing in everything else that is within that air. In cases of an uncleaned machine, you are breathing in all kinds of bacteria, molds, and fungus. Many of these agents can contribute to the common cold or a more serious respiratory infection. For a person with allergies, this could be even more detrimental to their health.
Also, because your skin secretes oil daily there will be an oily residue that rests on the inner surface of your CPAP. This oil is a major collector of debris, hair, dirt, and other particles that are not great for the lungs. Not to mention, this build up of oil and debris could cause skin problems such as a acne or even a rash. At the minimum, you should wipe away this oily film after using the CPAP.
You have to clean your CPAP mask and tubing regularly due to the fact that bacteria can build up on the inner surfaces of these areas. If used while unclean, you are just inhaling more bacteria into your respiratory system. This could result in upper and lower respiratory infections.
It is best that you clean your CPAP daily. This can be done manually using vinegar and other solvents. However, due to the inconvenience there are other faster options.
This one utilizes ozone to clean. It is a great machine for those that are opposed to daily manual cleaning. It utilizes ozone and steam to kill bacteria. The only thing that you have to do after is clean the oil from the mask using one of the wipes that comes with the cleaner and change the filter once every six months.
In order to use it, you have to plug it in and ensure that all of the parts are working properly. Ozone as a smell that you just know if there is a leak or faulty work. After ensuring that the machine is working properly, you place your CPAP mask and tubing into the compartment, and close it securely as instructed. Then, then all you have to do is set the timer turn it on and leave it until time to use it again. Commonly people will place the CPAP into the cleaning machine as soon as they wake up in the morning and leave it for the rest of the day. The machine is also used as a storage area to keep the CPAP free of dust and pet hair.
This cleaner is easy to use and at a pretty convenient size. It has a timer on it, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your mask and tubing in for too long and potentially melting it.
– Easy to use
– Convenient sizing
– Timer for easy turn off
– No more manual cleaning
– Lingering smell of ozone after cleaning is done.
Unlike the previous one that uses ozone to disinfect, this one uses steam and disinfecting tablets. This one actually allows you to completely submerge your mask and tubing into the water bath. After setting the machine including a timer, you get to go about your day. The machine is equipped to remove dirt, debris, and other residue. You are also not bound to use the disinfecting tablets for the cleaning process. You can utilize a different disinfectant if you prefer.
With this one it, has a few more steps to it. You have to add water to it for the washing process. You also have to add a disinfectant. There are disinfecting tablets that come with the machine. Some reviews say that these tablets leave a residue. This could also have something to do with whether you have hard or soft water. Please keep that in mind. You may have to select a different cleaner. After the machine is done with the washing process, you still have to drain the water and ensure that the CPAP is completely dry before storage and later usage.
– You can use your own disinfectant if you don’t like the tablets that come with the machine
– Peace of mind if you are suspicious of the ozone methods
– Removes oil and debris
– Also sanitizes
– Very large
– Minimal internal capacity
This CPAP cleaner is actually battery operated. Once charged you can run a full sanitizing cycle using the internal battery. It is also an ozone sanitizer. It is smaller and easier to travel with, as well! Because it uses ozone, you still have to use wipes to remove the oily film. According to reviews, there is still an ozone smell, but it isn’t as strong as other cleaners.
This cleaner would be great for traveling and possibly a great addition to another cleaning method (preferably one that is mentioned later). For travel, you can easily store your CPAP mask and tubing in the machine and pack the entire thing along with the cords, and everything else you would need. The machine could double as a great space for storage and protection from the elements. The fact that the cleaner is rechargeable is a great idea for those that may have limited outlets in their room or near their bed. Also, since some people like to clean their CPAP in the bathroom, cordless may also be a safer option.
– Smaller and easier to travel with
– Less of an ozone smell
– You still have to use wipes for the oily layer
This was a cleaner utilized for all surfaces to remove any forms of mold, mildew, and bacteria. It is listed as 100% safe. After the disinfecting is done the solutions actually breaks down to a saline solution. Saline is basically salt water, so there are no residual chemicals that could be problematic later. It is safe to story with other chemicals as well.
– Breaks down to saline so no residual chemicals
– Kills 99.9% of Bacteria, Viruses, etc.
– Safe to be used around children and pets
– Slight pool water smell, but leaves once dry
Soapy water and vinegar are the most widely known methods for manually cleaning the CPAP. It is typically the easiest to find since vinegar is common to pretty much every household. The soap allows the removal of the oil and debris to be removed from the mask and tubing. The vinegar acts as a disinfectant and can be used to sanitize the equipment. There is the potential for the build-up of mold and mildew which could be a problem later. It is recommended that this method be used in combination with others.
– Convenient: Common household items
– Removes dirt and debris
– Eventual development of mold and mildew
– Time consuming
While the CPAP may not be the most glamorous thing to own, it is still a very vital addition to your health plan. It is very important to keep it as clean as possible for the sake of your respiratory health. There have been several cases of people contracting respiratory infections due to the steady inhaling of bacteria, mold, and other fungi while using the CPAP.
Of the methods discussed here, the best recommendation is to utilize the CleanSmart Daily Cleaner in combination with one of the other cleaning machines. The active ingredients in the CleanSmart Daily Cleaner have been proven to kill 99.9% of the microbes on any surface. The CleanSmart in itself will be a great option especially for deep cleaning. On days when you either do not have time or don’t want to go through manual cleaning, the SaniBot or the VirtuClean would be great options for you. They also are great for storing your CPAP to protect from dust and pet hair/dander! Sweet dreams!