Cleaning Your Bedside Drain Bag
Recently, many of our wonderful Men’s Liberty patients reached out with questions about cleaning their bedside drain bags, and we’re here to help! We understand that cleaning your bedside drain bag is a crucial aspect of your urinary health maintenance and infection prevention routine, and we want to ensure it’s as simple as possible. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to keep your bedside drain bag squeaky clean and hygienic:
Supplies Needed for Cleaning Your Bedside Bag:
1. Soap (mild, non-fragranced)
2. Warm water
3. A clean container or basin
4. Disposable gloves
5. Towels or paper towels
6. White vinegar
7. A drying rack (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the Workspace
– Choose a clean and well-lit area to work.
– Put on disposable gloves to protect your hands from coming into contact with urine.
Step 2: Empty the Bag
– Position the bedside drainage bag over a toilet or a container designed for urine drainage.
– Open the drain spout or the appropriate opening mechanism for your specific bag.
– Allow all the urine to drain out completely. You can gently squeeze the bag to ensure all liquid is expelled.
Step 3: Rinse with Warm Water
– Fill a clean container or basin with warm water.
– Place the bag under a gentle stream of warm water, ensuring it flows through the entire system.
– Rinse the bag thoroughly, inside and out, to remove any remaining urine.
Step 4: Clean with Soap and Water
– Add a few drops of mild, non-fragranced soap to the warm water in the container.
– Immerse the bag in the soapy water.
– Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently scrub the interior and exterior of the bag, paying extra attention to the areas around the drain spout or opening.
– Continue scrubbing until all traces of urine and soap residue are gone.
Step 5: Rinse Thoroughly
– Empty the soapy water and refill the container with clean, warm water.
– Rinse the bag thoroughly under running water, making sure to remove all soap residue.
Step 6: Disinfect with Vinegar
– In a clean container, mix 1 part white vinegar with 3 parts water.
– Submerge the bag in this vinegar solution for about 20 minutes. This helps disinfect and remove any lingering odors.
– After soaking, rinse the bag with warm water to remove vinegar residue.
Step 7: Dry the Bag
– Gently shake the bag to remove excess water.
– Place the bag on a clean towel or paper towels to air dry. Ensure that it is fully open to allow air circulation.
– You can use a drying rack to hang the bag if available, but ensure it’s in a clean, dry location.
– Make sure the bag is completely dry before storing it.
Step 8: Reassemble and Store
– Once the bag is dry, close the drain spout or secure the appropriate opening mechanism.
– Inspect the bag for any signs of damage, such as cracks or leaks. If you find any, consider replacing the bag.
– Store the clean and dry bedside drainage bag in a clean and dry place until the next use.
Regular cleaning of your bedside drain bag is essential to preventing UTIs and other infections and maintaining its functionality. It’s also a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional for specific instructions if you have any concerns. If you have any additional please questions, call the Product Support Line: 1-888-920-9363 (M-F 9am-5pm EST
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