What are commodes?
Commodes are an incredibly useful toileting aid that are ideal for those who may struggle to reach the bathroom in time as they can be positioned next to the person’s bed, so they don’t have as far to go. They can be used anywhere in the house but are often kept in the bedroom.
Commodes come in a variety of different designs, from those that are near indistinguishable from other furniture in the room to those that can be used in the shower to help with personal hygiene. The person’s needs will decide which commode will be right for them.
However, regardless of which type of commode is used, they all need to be cleaned appropriately and regularly to maintain good levels of hygiene.
How to use a commode liner
One of the easiest ways to keep your commode clean is to use a commode liner. Commode liners are a useful way to catch the waste without having to clean the commode pan itself out every single time.
To use a commode liner:
- Carefully place the liner over the top of the commode pan
- Make sure the absorbent pad in the liner is lined up properly in the commode pan
- Once the liner has been used, remove it from the pan and dispose of it in the bin
- Fit a new liner in the pan
It’s important to dispose of the liner once as it’s been used as each liner can only hold a certain amount of liquid and waste.
You will still need to clean your commode pan, to make sure it stays clean, but you won’t need to do it every time.
Don’t forget to check the commode seat to make sure it’s clean and free from waste.
How to clean a commode
You don't have to use a commode liner with the commode. Commodes can be used without liners; it just means that they must be cleaned after each use to make sure they’re kept in a hygienic state and to help avoid any unwanted odours.
It’s a very good idea to wear disposable gloves when cleaning a commode to keep waste from getting on your hands.
Start by releasing the commode pan from the commode and then pour the waste down the toilet. Then wash the commode pan in hot water mixed with household detergent to get off any stains or trace of waste on it.
Rinse off the commode pan and dry it. You could also use a disinfectant spray, like you would when cleaning the toilet, if you wanted to. However, using household bleach isn’t recommended as it could discolour the commode pan.
You may want to put a little bit of water in the base of the commode pan once clean, as this could help make it easier to clean next time but it’s not a necessary step.
Put the commode pan back and check the commode seat. Give it a wipe down using a disinfectant spray or with hot, soapy water to make sure it’s clean and that any stains or traces of waste are gone.
Then all that’s left to do is dispose of your gloves and wash your hands.
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