How to cleanse urinary catheter bags with vinegar

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Patients are sometimes sent home with urinary catheter bags. When this occurs, keeping the catheter bag clean is imperative. Vinegar provides a natural and chemical-free alternative for washing catheter bags at home. The steps to use vinegar for cleaning a urinary catheter bag are simple and quick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Clean basin
  • Gallon-sized zipper bag or plastic storage container with lid
  • Paper towels
  • Additive-free dishwashing liquid
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. Disconnect catheter bag from tubing, and connect tubing to backup bag. Drain catheter bag completely.

  2. 2

    Mix a vinegar solution: three parts water to one part white vinegar. Using two cups of vinegar and six cups of water should provide ample solution.

  3. 3

    Soak the catheter bag in the vinegar solution for 30 minutes in a clean basin specifically allocated for this task. Make sure the inside of the bag fills completely with the vinegar solution.

  4. 4

    Rinse the catheter bag thoroughly with lukewarm water. Shake the excess water out of the catheter bag.

  5. 5

    Allow the catheter bag to dry completely on clean, unused paper towels. While the catheter bag is drying, thoroughly wash basin with perfume-, dye- and deodorant-free dishwashing liquid, then rinse and dry. Store dry catheter bag in a clean zipper bag or clean plastic storage container with a lid.

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