Cleaning Up After Vomiting and Diarrhea

Cleaning Up After Vomiting and Diarrhea

If you or someone in your family has experienced vomiting or diarrhea, here are some cleaning guidelines that can help prevent the spread of disease:

1. Wear gloves when cleaning any vomit or stool. Remove and dispose of gloves carefully to avoid touching outside surfaces. Wash hands with soap and warm water after removing gloves.

2. Clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated with vomit/stool immediately using 1 2/3 cups household bleach per gallon of water or a bleach-based household cleaner. Don’t use undiluted bleach.

3. Immediately remove and wash clothing, towels, or bed linens that may be contaminated with vomit/stool using hot water and detergent. Don’t wash contaminated items with other clothing. If your washer has a sanitizing cycle, use that cycle.

4. Clean and disinfect soiled carpeting. Visible debris should be cleaned using an absorbent material (e.g. double layer paper towels) and discarded in a plastic bag to minimize aerosols. Clean with hot water and detergent and then steam clean (158° F for 5 min or 212° F for 1 min). Dry vacuuming is not recommended.