Sleep Apnea Tips #3 – Cleaning Your CPAP Device – Thousand Oaks 805-557-9930 — In this video session, Dr. Popper demonstrates how to clean your CPAP unit for better performance and better hygiene. In addition, your CPAP device will last much longer if properly cleaned and maintained. If you use a CPAP device for obstructive sleep apnea, this short video demonstration should help you “sleep well tonight for a better tomorrow.”

Dr. Ronald A. Popper is a Board Certified sleep specialist and the Medical Director of the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California, a four bed, state of the art, fully accredited sleep disorders center located at 2230 Lynn Road, Suite 101 in Thousand Oaks.

Southern California Pulmonary also serves the communities of Westlake Village, Malibu, Agoura, Camarillo, Newbury Park, and Simi Valley, as well as surrounding areas.

You may always reach Dr. Popper at (805) 557-9930 with any questions you have regarding diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, restless limb syndrome, insomnia, and others. You are encouraged to visit his website for more information on sleep disorders:

Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center
2230 Lynn Road
Suite 101
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

(805) 557-9930


anne david says:

I hate cleaning that tubing everyday as it is near impossible to get all the water out of it before you have to use it that night.. and it ends up blowing water in your nose for the first hours of use. 

terratrek805 says:

Add using the Hurricane cpap supplies dryer to your routine. Gets all the items dry in 30 minutes or less after washing them

Bradley Rollins says:

great demo! thanx

Michael Petersen says:

vinegar is the worst thing you can do to your mask. it will break down the ​seal and void the warrenty. just use dawn dish soap and hot water. hang to dy

Samuel Garcia says:

Thank you for the great tips, Doc. I am not ashamed to say that I have ALS. It was not my choice but I will take all the good advice I can get.

Mary Ann Eiermann says:

Great video & very inspirational, thanks for sharing & God bless you !

Rich Bravo says:

way to much work

Milton Johnson says:

Looks like a lot of work on a daily basis!

Mark 451 says:

Thank you for the tips. Very helpful.

sciontc627 says:

I see your using Ajax dish soap,,so this is a good option to clean it?I just starting using a mask and would like to know what soap options are recommended for cleaning,thank you

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Thiago Zampolin says:

Dear Dr. Popper, my name is Thiago Zampolin, from São Paulo, Brazil. Please, tell me: is it possible to clean the tubes using hot water and liquid soap? Thanks in advance. Congrats for the channel.

Barry Slater says:

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Barbara Odom says:

Finally! Trustworthy cleaning info directly from a medical professional!!  Thank you for caring about all of us CPAP users to share this oddly overlooked and very important info about living with a cpap. This is the first time I’ve found a  medical perspective. My doctor says ‘follow the mfg directions.’ but the sale rep & the manufacturer’s info is just vague or non-existent. We breathe bacteria, moisture & viruses, etc  every night through this odd equipment we’ve bought to better our health. Are you listening, Resmed?

Susan Carvel says:

Thank you for taking the time to explain this important topic. It is very comforting hearing this from a sleep dr.

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mannixisle says:

Excellent. I like the fact vinegar and simple dishwashing detergent were used.

Daniel Ammons says:

You can also run Hot water thru the hose and add Peroxide

John Duncan says:

Thank you for sharing.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I have not taken care of mine as I should when it comes to cleaning.  And I get the impression from reading online this can be a hazard health wise (upper respiratory issues etc).

Michael Turner says:

California​ where the hell is that.

Safwan Maurice Rached says:

Thank you for the video. How about the machine itself? How do I clean the inner conduits and the fan/pump?

moremetallica says:

Is it absolutely necessary to use distilled water to clean the hose and mask?
Or can I use tap water to clean everything as long as I am using distilled water for my humidifier? And what is the best way to clean nasal pillows? sorry to throw so many questions at you.

Claudette Brault says:

Thank you so much for this clear information

223 Fayette says:

What is the purpose of mixing white vinegar with distilled water if you’re going to rinse it with regular tap water after? Why not just mix the vinegar with tap water?

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