How to Clean Minor Blood Spill

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you are in a hospital, health clinic, day care or your own home, learning the proper procedure to clean up minor blood spills is important to public health and safety. Know the correct treatment for small blood spills in order to avoid contamination. Any employees or adults in a home should understand what chemicals must be used as well as any other methods associated with cleaning blood. Small blood spills do not require as many materials and can be cleaned easily.

Put the dust mask over your face followed by the face shield. Place rubber or vinyl gloves over your hands.

Cover the area with disposable towels and allow them to completely absorb the blood. Wipe up the remaining blood spill with the paper towels.

Dispose the blood-soaked towels in a heavy duty plastic bag or trash bag and label it clearly with the word "Biohazard."

Mix a bleach solution of 1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of fresh tap water. Fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray the affected area. Wipe clean with paper towels. Repeat spraying the bleach solution again and allow area to air-dry.

Remove gloves from your hands and place in the bag labelled "Biohazard" for disposal. Remove mask and face shield and place in the heavy duty plastic bag. Seal the bag and throw away.

Wash hands thoroughly with hot water and soap.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber or vinyl gloves
  • Face shield
  • Dust mask
  • Disposable towels or wipes
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Heavy duty plastic bag labelled "Biohazard"
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A writer since 1995, Brooke Turner has been published in the "Duluth News Tribune" and "Ashland Daily Press," as well as various advertising publications. She is a freelance copywriter and the owner and operator of Blue Quill Writing Services in Ottertail, Minn. Turner also maintains two blogs: The Blog of Brooke and Blue Quill Writing.