How to Clean a Bedside Commode

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A bedside commode is an important item to have when a loved one is unable to use a normal bathroom. Typically made of materials that are easy to clean and sanitise, they need upkeep several times a day. The bottom bowl slides out for ease in emptying and cleaning. Most bedside commode units will fit into an average shower stall for convenient washing. A little vinegar and disinfectant cleaner will have a bedside commode ready for its next use in short order. Cleaning this type of device takes as little as 30 minutes.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • White vinegar
  • Scrub brush
  • Bucket
  • Towel
  • Disinfectant spray

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  1. 1

    Put on your gloves and remove the bottom bowl. Dispose of the contents by emptying them into a toilet. Set the empty bowl in the shower stall.

  2. 2

    Place the bedside commode unit into the shower stall and set the shower on a hot water setting. Close the curtain and let the hot water beat down on the commode for five minutes. Shut the shower off and open the curtain.

  3. 3

    Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with two cups of water in a small bucket. Use a small cleaning brush to scrub the entire surface of the commode and bowl. Turn the shower back on to rinse the items.

  4. 4

    Pull the bedside commode out of the shower stall and wipe it dry with a towel. Use a disinfectant spray on the surfaces. Reinstall the bowl and place the commode in position at the bedside for the next use. (Ref. 1.)

  5. 5

    Tips: offers a great tutorial on the proper use and assisting procedure for bedside commodes. (Res. 1.)

Tips and warnings

  • offers a great tutorial on the proper use and assisting procedure for bedside commodes. (Res. 1.)
  • Wear gloves when cleaning a commode.
  • Keep area well ventilated from vinegar fumes.
  • Be mindful of hot water. It can cause serious burns.

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