How To Clean A CPAP Machine

Cleaning your CPAP machine is incredibly important not just for the life of your machine, but for your own health and safety. CPAP machines that are left uncleaned can actually make you sick. The bacteria and mold that grow inside your tubing can be dangerous. Let’s learn how to clean a CPAP machine!


As a rule of thumb, it’s smart to clean your CPAP machine once a week if you’re not sick. However, if you have a cold or other upper respiratory infection, it’s recommended that you clean your machine after each use until your illness is cleared up. The same is true for seasonal allergies.

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While it may be a pain, it will help reduce the amount of time you spend sick each cold and flu season, as well as help relieve your allergy symptoms.

The good news is that cleaning your CPAP machine regularly is a very simple process that can be done with items that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry!


You will need warm water, a mild dish soap of your choice, dry towels, and distilled white vinegar. You will also need space to let your equipment air dry, so bear that in mind as you begin your cleaning process.

First, let’s start by cleaning your CPAP tubing. Remember, it’s recommended that you clean your tube/hose once a week to help it free of mold and bacteria.

Place your tube in warm water with a couple of drops of your dish washing liquid. Swirl it around, then rinse it with warm water. Hang it up to air dry completely before use.

To clean your mask you will need to disconnect it from the tubing and take it completely apart. The headgear portion of your CPAP can be cleaned at the same time as your mask, or separately. We recommend cleaning them at the same time to guarantee it gets done.

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You will clean your mask and headgear in the exact same way as before, using warm water and dish washing liquid swirled around to clean your gear.

Make sure to rinse the items in clean water and let them completely air dry before you use them again. Your headgear may take longer to dry than other items, so keep that in mind.

Finally, you’ll need to clean your CPAP filters. This part is dependent on what type of filter your particular machine uses. If you have disposable filters, no cleaning is required.

Simply throw them away and replace them with new, clean filters as needed. We recommend once a week in line with your new CPAP cleaning routine.

If you have reusable filters, you can wash them under warm water in your sink. Squeeze out any excess water and blot them dry with a clean towel .

Be sure to let them fully air dry before your use them again to reduce mold and mildew build up in your machine.

As for your actual machine, unplug it and wipe it down with a clean, lightly damped wash cloth or towel. Dry it off with a second dry towel and you are good to go! Be sure it’s totally dry before you plug it in and turn it back on again.