Cleaning CPAP

Tips for Cleaning CPAP Machine

Cleaning CPAP device keeps you healthy & prolongs equipment life

A good hygiene routine is just as crucial for your CPAP as it is for you. Daily cleaning will enable 100 percent efficiency to your device leading to restful sleep. With every exhale you make while asleep you release water vapor into your CPAP. The water vapor creates a fertile environment that microorganisms thrive on for survival. Failure to clean your machine increases your chance of breathing in these contaminants. Cleaning takes minimal time and effort and will save your lungs from toxic bacteria.

The Mask

  • Your mask may be made of silicon because silicon prevents irritation. However, silicon does tend to break down quickly if not taken care of properly. It’s vital to clean your mask regularly to elongate its lifespan.
  • Light daily cleaning after each use is highly encouraged. Wipe down any area that had direct contact with your skin. You can use a damp cloth, sensitive skin baby wipes, or CPAP mask cleaning wipes.
  • You’ll need to do a more thorough clean at least once a week to ensure there are no dust or germ particles that could affect you.
  • Place your mask in warm distilled, soapy water and allow it to soak for about 30 minutes before removing it onto a dry towel.
  • For optimal cleanliness, take off any makeup or moisturizers to ensure your face is free of oils before placing your mask on your skin.

The Hose

  • The hose directly delivers airflow to you, and you want that to be clean. If it’s not, bacteria build-up is likely to occur.
  • Your CPAP hose will last longer if you detach it daily, rinse thoroughly with non-scented soap and leave hanging to dry.
  • On a weekly basis, you’ll want to soak your tube in warm distilled water to avoid residue and maintain its health functions. One tip our drivers gave us was to bring the hose to the shower with you and rinse it with Dawn dish soap.
  • Hoses tend to last longer if you’re taking the proper initiative to clean them. We recommend changing the hose every three months.

Water Chamber

  • Use ONLY distilled drinking water in your water chamber when in use. Tap water can cause mineral build-up and bacteria growth that could possibly harm you when inhaled.
  • After each use, clean the water chamber with a 10-minute soak using pure soap, followed by a quick rinse and lay to air dry.
  • For best results, disinfect your water chamber once a month with three parts distilled warm water and one part white vinegar or use a special disinfectant specifically for CPAP machines.
  • Water chambers should be replaced every six months, especially if there is build up on the chamber.

Cleaning your CPAP not only elongates the shelf life of your mask, hose, and water chamber, it will help keep you healthy. If you have any questions about the care of your new CPAP, be sure to contact Forward Healthcare at one of the following locations.


Lincoln, NE
1-402-475-9521 (ex: 2363)

New Kingstown, PA

Salt Lake City, UT

Wilmer, TX