How to Clean Your CPAP Mask & Supplies

To get the best possible therapy for your sleep apnea, it’s important to properly clean your CPAP equipment regularly, including the mask, air tubing, and humidifier tub.

Time it takes: 5 minutes
Supplies you’ll need for cleaning:

CPAP Mask Maintenance
A Sink or Tub
Warm, drinking-quality water (86°F/30°C)
Warm water (86°F/30°C)
CPAP Mask Maintenance
Mild soap
A clean towel
A clean towel

Cleaning your CPAP Mask Cushion, Frame & Headgear

for all CPAP Masks

  • Ensure your CPAP machine is disconnected from the power source to avoid any electrical hazards.
  • Detach the mask and air tubing from the CPAP machine.
  • Separate your mask into three parts: the headgear, cushion, and frame.
  • In a sink or tub, use mild soap and warm, drinking-quality water to gently clean the mask cushion and headgear. Avoid using stronger cleaning products, such as dish detergents, as they can damage the mask or leave harmful residues.
  • Rinse each part with warm, drinking-quality water to remove all soap residues.
  • Place the cushion and frame on a flat surface, atop a towel, to dry. Ensure they are not exposed to direct sunlight during drying.

Additional Tips:

  • Daily Maintenance: Wipe the mask cushion with a damp cloth daily to remove facial oils.
  • Weekly Deep Clean: Perform the thorough cleaning process outlined above at least once a week.
  • Inspect for Wear and Tear: Regularly check the mask components for any signs of wear and replace them as needed to ensure optimal performance.

CPAP Air Tubing Cleaning Tips

For ClimateLine Air Heated Tube, SlimLine, and Standard Tubing

  • Disconnect your CPAP machine from the power source to ensure safety during the cleaning process.
  • Detach the air tubing/hose from both your mask and CPAP machine.
  • In a sink or tub, rinse the inside and outside of the air tubing with mild soap and warm, drinking-quality water. Avoid using stronger cleaning products, such as dish detergents, as they can damage the air tubing or leave harmful residues.
  • Rinse the air tubing thoroughly again with warm, drinking-quality water to ensure all soap residues are removed.
  • Place the air tubing on a flat surface, atop a towel, to dry. Make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight during the drying process.

Additional Tips:

  • Daily Maintenance: Quickly rinse the air tubing daily to remove any dust or debris that may have accumulated.
  • Weekly Deep Clean: Perform the thorough cleaning process outlined above at least once a week.
  • Inspect Regularly: Regularly check the tubing for any signs of wear or damage, such as cracks or tears, and replace as needed to ensure proper functionality.

CPAP Humidifier Tub Cleaning Tips

Daily Cleaning Tips:

  • Disconnect your CPAP machine from the power source to ensure safety during cleaning.
  • Remove the humidifier tub from the CPAP machine.
  • In a sink or tub, rinse the humidifier tub with mild soap and warm, drinking-quality water. Avoid using stronger cleaning products, such as dish detergents, as they can damage the humidifier tub or leave harmful residues.
  • Rinse the humidifier tub thoroughly again with warm, drinking-quality water to ensure all soap residues are removed.
  • Place the humidifier tub on a flat surface, atop a towel, to dry. Ensure it is not exposed to direct sunlight during the drying process.
  • The humidifier tub should always be clean, clear, and free of discoloration. Regular inspection ensures it remains in optimal condition.

Weekly Cleaning Tips:

  • Once a week, soak your humidifier tub in a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water for 15-20 minutes.
  • After soaking, rinse thoroughly with warm, drinking-quality water to remove all vinegar residues.
  • Place the humidifier tub on a flat surface, atop a towel, to dry. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight.