The best CPAP machine is the one that’s used regularly. And the best CPAP cleaning system is the one that makes cleaning the machine foolproof.
If you’re a sleep apnea patient on CPAP therapy, it’s likely that your physician has told you how important it is to regularly sanitize your machine’s equipment so that you fully benefit from your therapy. Ideally, a daily cleaning will ensure that harmful germs and bacteria don’t make a home inside the machine that you’re counting on to help you get deeper, uninterrupted sleep—the kind of quality sleep that makes a marked improvement in your health.
But there’s more than one kind of CPAP cleaning and sanitizing system on the market, and at different price points, and it can be difficult to know which one is best and whether or not there’s any real difference between them all.
How clean is clean?
When reviewing CPAP cleaning machine options, the first question you need to ask yourself is how clean do I really need my CPAP machine to be? When it comes to this piece of equipment, “good enough” isn’t good enough. To prevent getting sick from a dirty CPAP, you need to find a cleaning device that has been proven to kill the germs and bacteria inside your machine.
Unfortunately, many of the cleaning systems on the market today don’t clean CPAP machines sufficiently. They miss hard-to-reach places, like inside the hose, or can leave moisture behind in your mask, hose or reservoir, creating a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Even devices that use UV light to clean CPAP equipment can miss shadowed areas. In a clinical report from the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, bacteria were recovered in nine of 11 tests from the breathing tubes of CPAP devices fitted with heated humidifiers.
Activated oxygen delivers the deepest clean
Here’s where activated oxygen, also called ozone, comes in. While activated oxygen had already been widely used to assist with processes like water purification, produce handling, hotel housekeeping and hospital sanitizing, it hadn’t yet caught on in the world of CPAP cleaners.
That’s until SoClean became the only CPAP cleaner to combine activated oxygen technology with a design that makes cleaning your machine effortless. SoClean has quickly become the best way to clean CPAP machines because it allows you to thoroughly sanitize your machine without harsh chemicals or water, as activated oxygen penetrates all the hard-to-reach crevices to kill 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria, unlike other methods.
And because ease of use was just as important to SoClean as effectiveness, it’s been designed so that you don’t even have to disassemble your CPAP equipment. It’s as simple as waking up, placing the CPAP mask in the SoClean chamber and then closing the lid. When it’s time to use your CPAP again, it’s thoroughly cleaned and sanitized—free of harmful germs and bacteria.
Why your CPAP machine needs to be so clean
When considering a CPAP cleaning solution, remember that the differences between methods and machines may seem subtle, but your choice will make an impact on your day-to-day CPAP experience and, ultimately, on your health. Make sure your solution is a proven method that clearly shows its efficacy rate. And because your CPAP machine will only be as effective as your habits are around your therapy, be sure to use it and clean it as your physician recommends.
In addition to the health benefits associated with using clean and sanitized CPAP equipment, there’s another benefit that may be harder to measure, but one that we all recognize as critical. That’s the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your CPAP equipment is truly sanitized. This can encourage you to remain compliant with your therapy and get the good night’s sleep you need to be the best you.