How to Clean Up Bodily Fluid Spills

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How to Clean Up Bodily Fluid Spills
Clean Up Bodily Fluid Spills

A protocol for the proper cleanup of bodily fluids has been universally established to ensure the safety of all those who are potentially exposed. Blood and other bodily fluids should be immediately cleaned up to lessen the danger of spreading HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Here is how to clean up a body fluids spill and sanitize the area to avoid any possible contamination.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Cover the spill with absorbent paper towels to avoid stepping in it.

  2. 2

    Block off the area of the body fluids spill to prevent further spread.

  3. 3

    Put on vinyl gloves and carefully wipe up the spill with the paper towels and carefully place the mess in a plastic bag.

  4. 4

    Pour a mixture of 1 part household bleach to 10 parts of water carefully on the area of the spill. Avoid splashing. The bleach and water solution should remain in contact with the spill area for at least 20 minutes.

  5. 5

    Carefully wipe up the area with paper towels and avoiding dripping.

  6. 6

    Double-bag all towels from the body fluids spill along with the gloves used to clean the mess and tie the bags closed.

  7. 7

    Dispose of the double-bagged materials in the garbage and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Tips and warnings

  • Many companies make bodily fluids spill kits that can be hung on the wall and contain all the needed supplies to clean up these spills quickly and easily.
  • All bodily fluid spills should be treated as potentially dangerous and need to be cleaned up immediately to ensure the safety of others.

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