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.

19 thoughts on “Reviews of the Best Sleep Apnea Equipment Cleaning Machines

  1. Sobia imran Reply

    Hi, we need CPAP Cleaner machine.

    Pleas inform how can we order. And the price ?

  2. Rudolph Marchand Reply

    I have been fighting them for over 15 years on a disability claim, and VFW ,VVA, AL, all were of no help.
    I finally lost the will to fight them anymore, and gave up.
    VA doesn’t give a rats ass for vets that deserve help. The Agent Orange settlement in the 70’s was pure politics. Now if you get type 2 diabetes after the agent orange disability, you get even more money. A guy I know did 2 tours in Nam and was never anywhere near agent orange, but he got full disability, and even though his entire family has a history of diabetes he got more money for that1 It’s a total disgrace on the part of VA and the feds.

  3. Alan D Reply

    Retired Navy Vet here as well, and thank my brothers and sisters that served and are serving.

    The VA gave me a CPAP machine and supplies, I normally have to remind them to send me new hose and pillows and filters, however am thankful the VA here in SC is dang awesome. More than I can say of the one in Southern VA east coast outside of Suffolk, won’t say the name . Resentful place it was.

    Strange thing is my wife has a CPAP, and she gets new hoses and pillows and filters like every 2 months. I literally went over 14 months without getting a new one. And would use her old one. Wife also gets the size nasal pillows she needs not a box of 3 and u use one size. Have a lot of new masks to donate.

    Got side tracked, and I a am interested in these machines. I don’t have the time or desire to clean everyday. And I do travel.

    And can I use one cleaner for 2 machines? Not sure if Tricare will cover this. Sucks having to wear them at night. 200-300$ isn’t pocket change for many.

    So how good they are I would like to know.

    Is it a good deal or buy used from someone online?

    Can one machine be used for multiple masks.

    Don’t mind the 30$ a year for supplies. Just want to know if machine is worth it.

    Thoughts?

    • Stella Waugh Reply

      Dear Alan D,
      Thank you for your service. My husband is a Viet Nam Navy Vet, now with Agent Orange issues and sleep apnea. Same issues here with VA and CPAP machine! I’d love to know what your learn from these posts! he is in Assisted Living now for dementia and severe diabetes and getting the CPAP clean and the parts replaced regularly is a challenge!
      Good wishes to you.
      Stella

    • Christine Pefine Reply

      Hello Alan,

      Thank you for your service & Thank you for asking! We do not recommend sharing a SoClean.

      The SoClean is designed to stay connected to one CPAP machine. You can clean two CPAP machines; however, you will need to disconnect and reconnect your CPAP equipment. This would be extremely cumbersome and not recommended.

      Please feel free to contact us directly with any additional questions: (866) 501-3705

      Thank you

  4. Merry Reply

    Which cleaner is better? I cannot tell. Anyone have experience with this?

    • Ann Reply

      So Clean does not require other daily cleaning while the others are for cleaning in addition to your other daily cpap and supply cleaning

  5. Max Capuno Reply

    I am interested with Lumen Sanitizing device. Just want to know if it is battery operated and
    If the operation will not satisfy the buyer it can return. I need also the telephone number of the
    supplier.m

  6. Lamar Peterson Reply

    I am a Honorable discharged Navy Veteran and it would be very helpful and healthy to have a CPAP cleaner but the VA states we can not have one. And to all you vets THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!!!!

    • Christine Reply

      Lamar Peterson,
      I am researching the CPAP cleaning machines for my husband and I came across your posting. I wanted to THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! Also to say it’s wrong that our government doesn’t cover the cost of this cleaner and many other health supplies and medical needs for the men and women that have put there lives at risk to keep our country safe. Safe for those government officials that make health care so expensive and unreachable to so many. Funny (NOT) how those same government officials receive the best health care available and at our expensive.
      I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

      • Joe Reply

        I am a disabled vet as well and the VA signed me up in 2015 to receive the CPAP supplies (mask, filter, hose) for free. If you require additional medical needs such as a full time nurse to clean these for you if you are an amputee or 100% disabled; I suggest going back to your VA Representative as you may be eligible to be signed up for a $3,000 stipend…or have your home altered to allow you the ability to move a wheel chair through the door ways. Many Americans feel the same way Christine that the VA does not care for our Vets…they do! Us Disabled Vets also receive either portions of our retirement tax free…or are given extra money that is not tax deductible or considered income so it may be used to cover medical costs.

  7. Aqualung Reply

    Sorry gang, I checked with United Health Care 6-20-19 and they said they don’t cover SoClean. I’m sure SoClean is working hard to meet all the Federal requirements necessary to get approved by Medicare and once that happens, I’m sure we’ll see even more SoClean advertisements; but there’s nothing we or our doctors can do to be of assistance.

    • Buddy Lebman Reply

      Does Medicare provide coverage and does my United Health Medical insurance cover the Soclean machine?

      • Christine Pefine Reply

        Hello Buddy,

        The SoClean is not typically covered by insurance, please contact your insurance company directly for a definitive answer. You can use your HSA or FSA account. The eligible product list number is: #9274.

        Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions: (866) 501-3705

        Thank you,
        Christine Pefine

    • Christine Pefine Reply

      Hello Y,

      The SoClean is not typically covered by insurance, please contact your insurance company directly for a definitive answer. You are able to use a HSA or FSA account. The eligible product list number is: #9274.

      Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions: (866) 501-3705

      Thank you,
      Christine Pefine

  8. Robert Holland Reply

    How do I get the cost of these machines? Particularly the SO Clean?

    • Christine Pefine Reply

      Hello Robert,

      Thank you for your interest in SoClean. Please feel free to contact us directly. We provide different financing options to fit your needs. (866) 501-3705

      Thank you,
      Christine

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