CPAP Accessories

Can You Clean Your CPAP Accessories With Vinegar?

CPAP machine uses a hose and mask or nosepiece to deliver constant and steady air pressure. Common problems with CPAP include a leaky mask, trouble falling asleep, stuffy nose and a dry mouth this is due to negligence in cleaning and sanitizing your machine as recommended. It’s important to clean your equipment as specified in your product instructions. Poor maintenance can make your sleep therapy ineffective and damage your equipment. It is very common to use vinegar in cleaning CPAP and here’s why and how to do it:

Why vinegar?

It is vinegar’s acidity that makes it such a good disinfectant and cleaning agent. It has the ability to kill a lot of unwelcome bacteria and germs because it creates such a hostile environment. It will also cut through deposits and build-ups of, well for want of a better word, ‘icky’ stuff. Be aware though, it is not a registered disinfectant and some of the more dangerous and stronger strands of some bacterias are still resistant to it. These are rare, but it is worth noting that you are not giving yourself 100% protection from everything by cleaning your CPAP equipment with vinegar. That’s our disclaimer bit done!

How to clean your CPAP with Vinegar

  • Thoroughly clean a small bucket, bowl or tub. Hot soapy water is needed here. Rinse off.
  • Create your vinegar cleaning solution; use 2 parts white vinegar to 3 parts water.
  • Put your hose and mask in the solution and leave to soak. A minimum of two hours is recommended.
  • Once you have finished soaking it is vital that you rinse thoroughly. The smell of dried, stale vinegar can be pretty pungent! Some CPAP users take their hose and mask into the shower with them to help rinse off the excess. But as long as you do rinse it thoroughly, it doesn’t really matter how it is done.
  • Allow to dry naturally. Any unnecessary direct heat will risk distortion of the seals and will prematurely age your CPAP equipment.

Doing the regular daily, weekly and monthly cleaning and sanitizing for each part is the recommended but it’s quite a hassle for most. So most people also rely on cleaning and sanitizing tools like Vastmedic CPAP Cleaner where 100% of bacteria can be cleaned unlike using vinegar. Remember it is best to maintain the cleaning cycle of your CPAP devices to achieve its best performance and prolong its product life but always keep in mind that you should clean it the right way with the right cleaning devices!


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