A CPAP Cleaner is a device that sanitizes a CPAP machine in order to keep it clean and safe for use. Keeping your CPAP machine clean is important for the effectiveness of your CPAP. The CPAP cleaner automatically does the dirty work of eliminating bacteria and viruses from your gear.

The CPAP 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 your CPAP machine 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 CPAP 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). These can actually be blown into your lungs while using your machine and even cause an irritation of the respiratory tract, cough, or infection.

Dirty CPAP and Bipap machines not only have an adverse effect on your health, but also reduce the lifespan of your machine, may void the warranty, and can lead to an unwanted leakage in the machine, keeping it from reaching your set pressure.

When to use a CPAP cleaner

To know exactly when to clean your CPAP machine, check with the manufacturer. Most manufacturers of these machines recommend daily cleaning of the mask, tubing, water chamber and all CPAP supplies with warm, mild, soapy water (3).

Make sure your machine is cleaned and sanitized no less than once a week, and daily if you have a respiratory infection.

Make sure to use a CPAP Cleaner if:

  • Your machine is alarming you have leakages and you can’t figure out why
  • You develop skin issues such as bumps or rashes where you wear your mask
  • It starts to have a musty smell
  • You develop any irritation in your respiratory tract.

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.

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

CPAP Cleaner Machine

How does a CPAP cleaner work?

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

Activated oxygen

CPAP 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 in your CPAP machine.

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 CPAP Cleaners

SoClean

SoClean CPAP Cleaner uses activated oxygen to effectively clean and sanitize the CPAP mask, hose, and reservoir.

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner

Other features of SoClean:

  • Does not use water or harsh chemicals
  • East to use. You don’t even need to disconnect your CPAP machine. All you have to do is place your mask in the unit.
  • Kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria in your mask, hose, and reservoir
  • Cleaning cycle lasts 2 hours
  • Does require annual replacement parts that cost around $30
  • According to their website, they offer payment plans for as little as $26.59 per month

SoClean 2 Go

SoClean also has a portable CPAP cleaning device called the SoClean 2 Go. It’s small (6 x 6 inches) and is cordless because it runs on batteries.

VirtuClean

VirtuClean is another CPAP cleaning device that uses activated oxygen.

Features of VirtuClean:

  • Disinfects the tubing, mask, and humidifier chamber.
  • Requires no soap, water, or other cleaning solutions
  • Use this in addition to weekly cleaning with soap and water
  • Requires no ongoing maintenance
  • Small and portable, weighing a half pound.
  • Kills 99.99 percent of germs and bacteria
  • Cleaning cycle is 30 minutes
  • It’s a quiet machine.
  • Has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Comes with an 18-month warranty
  • The price is not listed on the website but retails online for under $200.

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
  • Less expensive than other devices
  • Easy to use
  • Cleaning cycle is only 5 minutes
  • No scheduled replacement items
  • No regular maintenance is needed
  • Kills 99 percent of bacteria, pathogens, and fungi inside your device
  • Intended to be a supplement to regular CPAP machine cleaning
  • Cost is currently $249.00
  • Financing is offered on their website for as little as $11.49 per month
  • Free shipping
  • Offers a 2-year warranty
  • The bulb’s lifespan should outlive your CPAP machine
  • Can also be used to disinfect non-CPAP items such as toothbrushes, hearing aids, dentures, etc.

Factors to consider when deciding on a CPAP 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 CPAP and cleaning device with you.
  • Is it compatible with your CPAP machine? Most CPAP machines should be compatible, but some may need an extra adapter to fit.
  • How easy it is to use. Do you have to take your CPAP machine 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.

18 thoughts on “CPAP Cleaners – Reviews of the Best Cleaning Machines

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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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