Should I use SoClean on my CPAP?

  • By Clay Rollyson
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SoClean and CPAP

We have had no shortage of customer asking this question. So, we want to clear up our stance on whether the SoClean should be used on your CPAP or not. To be as up front as possible, we do carry and sell the SoClean CPAP cleaner. If a customer wants one, we will currently sell it to them. With that being said, there are things that you should consider if you want to use a SoClean on your CPAP. Let’s dive in on the details.

Do ResMed and Respironics recommend using SoClean?

What has ResMed said about SoClean?

It has been made fairly clear by most manufacturers that they do not recommend using integrated ozone CPAP cleaners on their CPAPs. SoClean is an integrated CPAP cleaner and falls into that category of not recommended. ResMed came out against the use of Ozone on their CPAP machine a couple years back. They went as far as telling customers that use of ozone CPAP cleaners on their device may void the warranty. At the time of this announcement, SoClean announced they would pick up that cost for anyone that had a voided warranty. It became a back and forth issue between SoClean and ResMed ever since then.

What has Respironics said about SoClean?

Philips Respironics remained pretty quiet on the use of SoClean for quite a while. That was until Philips announced their major recall last year. At that point Philips Respironics stated that the use of integrated ozone CPAP cleaners was a major contributor to the foam issues on their CPAP. They even went as far as making that a primary question on customers recall forms. So, while Respironics has not made a direct statement about the use of  SoClean or integrated CPAP cleaners on their devices, they have certainly expressed major concerns.

What issues can SoClean cause on a CPAP?

The SoClean is an Ozone (ionized oxygen) CPAP Cleaner. It charges oxygen particles and creates O3. Then runs the Ozone through your CPAP, tubing, and mask to completely sterilize all of your CPAP equipment. It is by far the most “set-it and forget-it” CPAP cleaner that we have carried, because it is integrated into the CPAP. However, that integration presents some potential issues. Ionized Oxygen is corrosive and can cause damage to plastics and metal over time. This means that there is potential for the Ozone to corrode or damage the internal components. This may shorten the lifespan of your CPAP.

What do we think about SoClean on CPAP?

Whether or not to recommend the SoClean is a tough call. It is the easiest CPAP cleaner available on the market, and it works. Additionally, SoClean touts that their cleaner is perfectly safe, and has been tested to be certain. So as far as ease of use and effectiveness, there isn’t a better option. On the other hand, the SoClean could potentially damage your CPAP causing a shorter lifespan of your device. Our recommendation is that you have to use your own judgement. If you are more concerned about ease of use and effectiveness, then the SoClean may be a great option. If you want to be certain that you get the very most mileage out of your CPAP, then you may want to reconsider the choice of SoClean. If you want something in the middle of the road, we do have ozone CPAP cleaners that are not integrated. Such as the Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner. 

What does the FDA say about Ozone CPAP Cleaners like SoClean?

First and foremost, I have not seen anything from the FDA directly targeted at the brand of SoClean. Instead they have made a general statement about the use of Ozone cleaners on CPAP. At the risk of being inaccurate I will simply put the link to the FDA article on Ozone CPAP cleaners here for you to read directly.