First things first - CPAP equipment must be clean!
No matter what kind of cleaning/sanitizing you decide to do, you must do it properly and regularly, your CPAP equipment must be clean and sanitized at any moment you use it. Keep in mind that the air you breathe in through your CPAP device is clean and safe only if the device is kept clean and maintained correctly. You use your CPAP for eight hours per night, air goes in and out of it with every breath…the inside of your CPAP equipment turns into the perfect breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and any germs. This may raise the possibility of nasty colds, sinus infections, and even pneumonia. And also, not only does regular cleaning of your CPAP device keeps you healthy, but it also helps keep your equipment clean which helps it last longer (according to Harvard Medical School Health Publishing the mask, water chamber, and tubing should be cleaned every morning).
How to keep your CPAP safe to use? Just follow 3 simple rules:
1) Clean and sanitize your CPAP regularly (preferably, every morning after use)
2) Maintain your CPAP as recommended by the manufacturer, replace filters and other expendable parts as suggested by the manufacturer
3) Your CPAP should be exclusively yours (avoid lending your CPAP equipment to anyone).
How to clean your CPAP? There are two ways how to clean and sanitize your CPAP device:
1) Manually - Disassemble your CPAP machine (unplug the machine from the power socket and detach the hose and the mask); also disassemble the headgear and all smaller components. The machine itself (air compressor/motor) shouldn’t be washed! Only handle the filters if needed and wipe the machine to remove the dust. Soak remaining, previously disassembled parts (face mask, hose, tubing parts, humidifier) in the solution of warm water, soap, and vinegar. Let them soak there for 30-40 minutes, and after done rinse them with cold water. The final step is to dry all parts (need to make sure there is no debris and that parts are perfectly dry before you put them away.
2) Automatically – Using Ozone or UV sanitizer.