How To Make Sure Your CPAP Device Is Safe To Use?
We said it before, but it's always good to refresh this: if not maintained properly and cleaned regularly, CPAP devices and equipment can make you sick! Humid and hot air and the inside surface of the CPAP mask and tube are a perfect breeding ground for germs, bacteria, viruses, fungus, mold... It sounds scary (and it is), but it is an easy solvable thing – just need to make sure that you keep your CPAP equipment clean and sanitized.
How to tell your CPAP is “not good”? If your CPAP equipment is smelly, if it has that musty smell, it should be the first sign that your CPAP is most likely already contaminated with bacteria, mildew, and/or mold! Also, if you often experience other symptoms such as a sore throat, respiratory infections, nasal congestions, lung irritations, sudden skin irritation, or similar, you should question the cleanliness of your CPAP equipment.
How to keep your CPAP safe to use? Just follow these 3 simple rules:
1) Clean and sanitize regularly,
2) Replace parts as recommended by the manufacturer3) Keep your CPAP exclusively yours (avoid lending your CPAP equipment to anyone at any point).
How to clean your CPAP? You can do this in two ways: manually or automatically.
Manual CPAP Cleaning
Wash the mask, water chamber, and tubing every morning; and once a week, wash the headgear and the filter, and the water chamber. Here are the steps you should follow:1) Disassemble your CPAP machine. Unplug the machine from the power socket and detach the hose and the mask. You also need to disassemble the headgear and all smaller components.2) The machine itself doesn’t need to be washed. Only replace the filters if needed, or wash them, and wipe the machine with a dry cloth and you are done with this step.3) Mix water (warm water) and soap, or you can use white vinegar for more sanitation. Avoid using hot water because it can damage some elements on your equipment.4) Soak the hose and the mask in the mixture. You can also soak the humidifier and all other, small components. Let them stay there for 30-40 minutes.5) Next step, you need to remove these from the water/vinegar solution and rinse them with cold water. Use a dry cloth to wipe them and make sure there is no debris or anything that doesn’t look clean on the components!6) The final step is to let the parts air dry. You may need a few hours to complete this process because all parts must be 100% dry before use to avoid growing mold and germs! If this sounds time-consuming and like a lot of work, it's because it is like that. There are no shortcuts if you want to clean your CPAP manually! But, on the other side, you can use one of the automatic sanitizers…