How to Clean Up Blood and Bodily Fluids

If there is a blood or bodily fluid spill, there are universal precautions and procedures that should be used to clean them up. The purpose is to prevent infection and communicable diseases. According to the University of Kentucky, if you have a spill that needs cleaning up, you must follow strict standards in order to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. Blood and bodily fluids, including amniotic fluid, saliva, pericardian fluid, semen, urine, feces and vaginal solutions, must be treated as hazards to your health and to those around you.


Blood, which needs to be cleaned up following strict protocol

Put on disposable latex gloves. Before you put them on, examine them closely to make sure that they don't have any holes or tears in them. When you put them on, ensure that they cover your entire hand, down to your wrist.

Wipe up the blood and bodily fluids with paper towels. The number of paper towels that you will need depends on how much fluid and blood needs to be cleaned up. Wipe up every bit of the blood and fluid. When you are done, put the paper towels in a garbage bag.

Disinfect the area. Bleach is the best thing to use, because it kills hepatitis B as well as the HIV virus. Make a disinfecting solution by mixing 1 ounce of bleach with 9 ounces of water. Cover the entire area with this solution.

Dispose of the gloves and the paper towels. Put them in the same garbage bag that you used earlier. Remove the gloves last. Do not get any of the blood or fluids on your skin. Secure the top of the bag with a twist-tie.

Place the garbage bag with the contaminated waste into a leakproof container. Label it as a biohazard. Contact your city government to learn the best way to dispose of hazardous waste. Most cities will have a Hazardous Materials Department that will come and pick it up.

Wash your hands thoroughly. Use soap and hot water. Wash with the soap and hot water for a minimum of five minutes. Dry your hands when you are done.

Things You Will Need

  • Latex gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bag
  • Bleach
  • Hot water
  • Twist-tie
  • Soap
  • Leakproof container


  • The bleach solution is good for one cleaning session only.
  • Do not dispose of hazardous waste in your regular garbage.

About the Author

Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.

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