Choosing a CPAP Cleaner/Sanitizer that best suits your needs is important- and will depend on a few key factors. The CPAP/Bilevel machine you have, the type of tubing you are using, your budget, traveling plans, etc. Most of the time, the best CPAP cleaner for you will depend on your personal preference.
Dr. Lawrence Epstein, a sleep expert affiliated with Harvard Medical School explains, "There are several ways you can get sick from a dirty CPAP machine. One is a dirty mask.' The mask sits on the face, in contact with organisms on the skin. Over time, bacteria and oils on a dirty mask may give you a rash or infection on the skin,'".1
ApriaDirect recommends following the manufacturer provided cleaning instructions for all of your CPAP equipment and accessories. Our guide on cleaning your various CPAP equipment can be found here. In addition to your manufacturer provided cleaning schedule, cleaning machines are a great tool to help remove the oil, bacteria, and germs you cannot see.
By adding a CPAP cleaner to your cleaning regimen, you can sleep peacefully knowing your supplies are essentially germ free!
Our best selling CPAP cleaner, the SoClean 2 requires an adapter for use with most CPAP and Bilevel machines. We offer a free adapter with the purchase of a SoClean 2. To determine compatibility with your CPAP supplies, visit the SoClean 2 compatibility chart here.
If you happen to use heated tubing, don't worry - The SoClean 2 will work for you! The SoClean adapter for each CPAP machine is a little different. So if you have any questions, please contact us!
Looking to bundle and save? Check out the SoClean 2 Deluxe Kit here.
If you are planning on bringing your CPAP Cleaner with you on your travels, take some time to consider the next three, more compact cleaning machines.
The Sleep8 CPAP Cleaning Companion also employs the ozone (activated oxygen) method in a simple 3- step process with a bag and machine to clean your equipment.
Use the Sleep8 with CPAP, APAP, or Bilevel machines, as well as heated or non heated tubing. The machine and bag are compact- making it a great option for on the go! No extra adapters are needed.
Much like the Sleep 8, The VirtuClean 2.0 Waterless CPAP Cleaner uses the ozone method with a machine and bag to clean your CPAP equipment. This Cleaner has been updated to a 2.0 version for even better performance. There is no adapter required to use this cleaner with your CPAP machine.
The VirtuClean 2.0 is compatible with non-heated or heated tubing. If you are planning on cleaning your heated tubing with the VirtuClean 2.0, a heated tubing adapter is necessary, and comes in the box when you order from us!
Similar to the Sleep8 and VirtuClean 2.0, the NUWAVE CPAP Cleaner utilizes ozone to kill germs and clean your supplies. The NUWAVE's cleaning chamber is compact and portable - perfect for on the go!
There is no adapter required to use the NUWAVE with your CPAP machine. Heated or non-heated tubing compatible.
Looking for the NUWAVE with a larger cleaning chamber? Check out the NUWAVE Plus CPAP Cleaner here.
Want both? The NUWAVE Combo CPAP Cleaner will do the job! This combo includes the NUWAVE machine with a small AND large cleaning chamber.
UV-C LED Cleaners
Commonly referred to as "germicidal" , UVC's are a subtype of Ultraviolet lights that are naturally occurring from the sun, most often absorbed by the atmosphere/ Ozone layer. There are artificial sources of UV-C used by people for multiple purposes, one of them being sanitizing medical equipment! They can destroy, kill, or inactivate many kinds of germs and microorganisms. This makes these lights quite useful in killing and stopping the spread of bacteria in water, surfaces, and air.
Another best selling Cleaning machine, the Lumin, will clean your CPAP mask water, chamber, accessories, and everyday items in as little as 5 minutes with the use of LED! No adapter is required to use this Cleaner with your CPAP machine, just put the items you would like to clean inside and press "on"!
You will not be able to clean your CPAP hose inside the Lumin Cleaning machine, but you can add the Lumin Bullet for CPAP hose cleaning.
These two items are available for purchase separately, or together as a premium kit. Check out the Lumin + Bullet Premium Kit here.
It is important to note The Lumin Bullet will not work with the following hoses:
- ResMed ClimateLineAir™ Oxy Heated Tube for AirSense™ 10 and AirCurve™ 10 Machines
- ResMed ClimateLineAir™ Heated Tube for AirSense™ 10 and AirCurve™ 10 Machines
- ResMed ClimateLine™ Tubing for S9™ and H5i™ Climate Control System
- DreamStation Go Micro Tubing
If you use one of the above, check out our next CPAP cleaner.
Much like the Lumin above, the Liviliti Paptizer cleans using UVC-LED technology. The Liviliti Paptizer cleans and deodorizes all of your CPAP equipment, including tubing, within its chamber in as little as 3 minutes! You can also clean everyday household items in the Paptizer's chamber.
It is important to note the Liviliti Paptizer Smart CPAP Sanitizer cannot clean the following tubing:
- SleepWeaver Feather Weight Tube By Circadiance
- F&P ThermoSmart Heated Tubing
Looking for a great way to sanitize everyday items quickly and on the go? The Liviliti Wand offers this, allowing you to disinfect surfaces and items on-the-go in seconds. Check out the Liviliti Paptizer + Wand Premium kit here!
For more detailed information on each CPAP cleaner please visit their corresponding product pages on ApriaDirect.com. Check out our CPAP Cleaner Comparison Guide for additional information about our selection of CPAP Cleaners!
1. Harvard Health Publishing. (2019). Is Your CPAP Machine Making You Sick?.
2. SoClean. (2017). The Science Behind SoClean.