What is a CPAP Cleaner?

CPAP cleaners, or sanitizers, use activated oxygen or UV rays to eradicate 99.9% of bacteria and mold in a CPAP machine. These cleaners are designed to make cleaning CPAP machines simple and easy. If you are looking for a better way to sanitize your CPAP machine, look no further than these CPAP cleaners.

Clean-Z Sanitizer by Motif

The most affordable entry on this list, the Clean-Z by Motif, packs a powerful punch in an affordable compact package. The Clean-Z uses activated oxygen to sanitize CPAP machines. At just four inches long, and weighing only a few ounces, the Clean-Z is incredibly compact and portable. This CPAP sanitizer is the perfect entry point for someone looking for their first cleaner or the avid traveler looking for a pocket-sized cleaner. 


  • Affordable, begins at around $99.00
  • Fast acting, cleans CPAP machines in 35 minutes
  • Simple operation
  • Incredibly portable
  • Terrific customer service


The Lumin Sanitizer

The Lumin sanitizer is one of the best cleaners for CPAP machines. More expensive than the Clean-Z, the Lumin is a larger CPAP sanitizer that cleanses using ultraviolet light. The Lumin boasts an impressive cleaning time of only five minutes. Unfortunately, it is difficult to ensure that the Lumin’s UV rays reach all the surfaces of a CPAP machine. It is also recommended that the Lumin Bullet, a smaller CPAP sanitizer by Lumin, be used to clean CPAP tubes. The Lumin is recommended for those who want fast-acting at-home CPAP sanitizer. 


  • Lightning fast cleaning
  • No activated oxygen (ozone)
  • Quiet Operation
  • No filter change require


  • Not Portable
  • Difficult to clean tubes and hard to reach areas
  • Higher price point

The Sleep8 Sanitizer

The Sleep8 is another terrific cleaner for CPAP machines. Like the Clean-Z, the Sleep8 uses activated oxygen to cleanse CPAP machines. The Sleep8 packs down into a 4” x 4” travel bag and has an easy-to-use electronic countdown timer, and safety features. The Sleep8 is perfect for travelers who want a more feature-heavy compact CPAP sanitizer.


  • Cleans all equipment, including hard to reach areas
  • Portable and travel friendly
  • Silent Operation
  • Electronic safety features and timer


  • Long cleaning time
  • Must let CPAP machine air dry after cleaning
  • Cleaning bag must be replaced every 90 days

In Summation

Whether you are looking for a portable CPAP sanitizer and a lightning-fast at-home cleaner, you can satisfy your needs with some stellar options on the market. Review our previous post comparing the Sleep8 Sanitizer and the SoClean CPAP Cleaner.

About the Author


Jason Smith is recognized by the board of polysomnographic technologists (BRPT) as a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) since 2003. He is also Director of Clinical Operations for 6 multi-state sleep diagnostic facilities including the nation’s largest 20 bed sleep disorder testing center. Jason has also been a Co-Author with two research publications featured in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.