How to Clean Your CPAP Machine

How to Clean Your CPAP Machine

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are used to treat sleep apnea. Finding the right mask and machine can be time consuming, but once you find the correct one, using them at night can make a huge difference in your health and how you feel on a daily basis.

Cleaning your CPAP machine is just as important as using it. Without a clean machine, you could be facing health concerns. Daily cleaning can help fight germs that may linger. While cleaning your machine daily can see daunting at first, it quickly becomes routine.

CPAP experts recommend daily to weekly cleaning of your machine. Not only will cleaning it help keep you healthy, but it can also lengthen your machine’s lifespan.

How to clean

Gather the following supplies:

  • Mild soap
  • White vinegar (for a humidifier tank)
  • Warm water
  • Sink or bucket large enough for the hose or tubing
  • Towel


  • Unplug your machine from the power source. If it has an integrated battery, consult your manufacturer’s guide for instructions.
  • Disconnect the air hose and tubing. If you use a humidifier, remove the water tank and set it aside.
  • Separate your CPAP mask – headgear, cushion, and frame
  • Clean your tubing by washing it in warm, soapy water
  • Hoses with electrical components must be cleaned more carefully. Check the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Wash each part of the mask with mild soap
  • Sanitize your humidifier tank with equal parts water and white vinegar. Let the tank soak while you clean the other parts of your CPAP equipment.
  • Rinse and air dry
  • Reassemble your mask and machine once everything is fully dried

Cleaning your CPAP machine is quick, easy, and will help keep you healthy.|

Did you know your insurance can cover your CPAP machine?  Learn more.