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Reviews of the Best Sleep Apnea Equipment Cleaning Machines

Keeping your sleep apnea equipment clean is important for its effectiveness.

Sleep apnea equipment consists of a filter, humidifier and mask that need to be routinely cleaned. It is typically worn every night and can easily collect germs, pollutants, bacteria, viruses, and even develop mold.

Even if everything looks clean, it is likely to have invisible contaminants that collect over time. Any pollutants or germs you come in contact with during the day can come into contact with your mask when applying it at night. (1)

Also, since a humidifier is used, moisture sits in the machine tubing and mask, and this can develop fungi and dangerous molds that love to dwell in moist places (2).

It’s also important to mention that you need to air dry your equipment thoroughly every day to avoid the accumulation of moisture that can cause mold and fungi.

Cleaning your equipment daily can be time-consuming and many people fail to comply (4). Thankfully, there are now cleaners on the market that can make routine cleaning easier and even more effective.

How does it work?

Many cleaners avoid the use of water to clean your machine. Some cleaners use activated oxygen and others use ultra-violet light.

Activated oxygen

Cleaners that use activated oxygen have a generator that breaks down oxygen (O2) and recreate it by combining another O atom making O3, or an activated oxygen molecule. When the third O atom is added, it turns the molecule into an oxidant. An oxidant causes a substance to lose electrons, which in this case can kill germs and bacteria.

Ultra-violet light

Ultra-violet light consists of three different bands known as UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C spectrums. Each spectrum varies in wavelength.

At certain wavelengths, ultra-violet light has the ability to break molecular bonds in the DNA of microorganisms.

Most Popular Cleaners

SoClean

The SoClean 2 is the fast, easy way to clean CPAP equipment. SoClean uses activated oxygen, which kills germs and bacteria with no disassembly and no water.

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner

Activated Oxygen Benefits:

  • Kills germs, bacteria, and other pathogens in your equipment
  • Peace-of-mind equipment sanitizing
  • No need to take equipment apart on a daily basis
  • No water or messy chemicals required
  • Activated oxygen is used in water purification, hospitals, and produce handling
  • Activated oxygen kills germs in minutes
  • Cleaning cycle lasts 2 hours
  • Risk-Free 30 day guarantee
  • Does require annual replacement parts that cost around $30, less if you subscribe to their email
  • According to their website, they offer payment plans for as little as $29 per month

Lumin Sanitizing Device

The 3B Lumin CPAP cleaner is a CPAP cleaning machine that uses ultra-violet light to disinfect your equipment.

Features of Lumin:

  • No chemicals are used
  • Easy to use, but equipment needs to be disconnected to be cleaned
  • Free shipping
  • Offers a 2-year warranty
  • UV light does not "go around corners" . Bacteria shaded by the equipment will not be exposed to the UV light

Factors to consider when deciding on a cleaner

  • The length of time it takes to clean. This could be anywhere from 5 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the machine, so consider this factor if the length of time is important to you.
  • Is it portable? If you are on the road or travel frequently you’ll want to make sure you can take your portable equipment and cleaning device with you.
  • Is it compatible with your equipment? Most equipment should be compatible, but some may need an extra adapter to fit.
  • How easy it is to use. Do you have to take your equipment apart to clean it or can it stay connected? How does it connect to the cleaner? These are questions to consider.
  • Cost. If you need financing, some companies offer low monthly payments. Some also offer risk-free trials to let you test it out and make sure it’s the right fit for you.
  • You also may want to make sure the manufacturer offers a warranty.
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101 comments on “Reviews of the Best Sleep Apnea Equipment Cleaning Machines”

  1. I have a so clean cpap cleaner and the lady i spoke to said it cleans the water as well. No it does not I have nasty stuff in my water after using it. I clipped the tube that goes into the water. No way to tell if it really cleans the mask or not. I usually clean the water chamber with lemon juice and wipe out the mask as well. It at least smells fresh that way

  2. I really don't was to spend well over $100, that's why I am considering either PurePap or Prime Clean Unit.They seem to use the same technologies for a lot less monies.

  3. I just purchased the SoClean 2. I was reading reviews on it. Lot of people were saying the SoClean 2 ozone use can damage my CPAC machine. Can anyone comment on this?

  4. does cpap make a difference with what brands my sleep center tell me to buy a lumin cleaner and other people say buy so clean witch is better and why

  5. Why wouldn't you mention in your article that there is no CPAP cleaner on the market that is FDA approved? This might give consumers a chance to make a more informed decision on their choice to buy or not

  6. I am also curious about pure pap and if it has the ozone smell , i would like something portable as i travel a lot

  7. Are there any CPAP cleaners that are currently FDA approved? I'm reading that so far (as of February 2020) the ones using ozone to clean may leak causing unhealthy levels of ozone to leak into the room and the ones using UV light could either cause UV light to leak or could be inadequate in cleaning all interior surfaces of the tubing and CPAP components. I really want to purchase a CPAP cleaner but and also wanting to make sure it is a safe option. Thank you for any advice you may have.

  8. I had one of these ozonators and it has an awful smell.
    Had to return
    Not sure why tgat is not mentioned here although many who bought complained about that

  9. Would like reviews from people who have used the Clean Zone CPAP cleaner. I'm considering purchase of a CPAP cleaner. Also looking at So Clean. Which is better. Do not need travel option.

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