It is true that when using any kind of CPAP sanitizer, you will still sometimes have to wipe the facemask, headgear, and outside of the hose off. However, when cleaning your CPAP equipment, there are a few different reasons to utilize a CPAP cleaning device in addition to cleaning your mask and hose with soap and water or with wipes. CPAP cleaning devices utilize one of two methods of disinfection. They either use the cleaning power of Ozone or the germicidal properties of UV light. This means that your equipment gets cleaned on a molecular level. By using light or activated oxygen you render any mold, bacteria, virus, or fungi incapable of life or reproduction sterilizing the environment; however, the light and O3 cannot clean any dirt, dust, oil, hair, or skin cells off of the outer portions of your CPAP gear, thus the soap and water requirement.
The point of utilizing the power of a CPAP cleaning device is to ensure that there is 99.9% removal of any harmful particles that you could easily miss with standard cleaning. It is also made to be an easier, mess-free, and convenient method of having the most hygienic sleep possible. Even with the necessary extra steps of wiping any physical debris from your device’s equipment, having a CPAP cleaning device can help you stay on top of keeping your equipment clean and you healthy.