Have you ever dropped something in the toilet and started wondering how to take out, clean and disinfect the item properly. We have probably all been there, at least once in our lives. Therefore, we are going to provide you with a step-by-step guide to proper disinfecting. It is essential that you read it thoroughly and go through every single step. This way you will eliminate the risk of getting infected as well as clean the item from all the bacteria.
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There are a couple of methods you can use to disinfect the dropped item properly. Read every one of them and to find out which one suits your situation best.
Method 1 – Rinsing After Retrieving
1. Find a Pair of Rubber Gloves
Before you even consider disinfecting something that fell in a toilet it is really important that you protect yourself from all the bacteria your hands are going to be exposed to. The best way to protect yourself is by wearing rubber gloves. Therefore, you should always have a pair of rubber gloves in the bathroom in case something like this happens. Still, if you are not in your own home you may not have a pair readily available. In this situation, you should decide whether the item you dropped in the toilet is worth taking the plunge. Even then, try to protect yourself with a plastic bag or some paper towels.
2. Try to Be as Quick as Possible
Regardless of how protected you are from the bacteria you should try your best to be as quick as possible when taking the item out of the toilet. Plus, remember to take a very firm grip on the item. If the item you are trying to retrieve from the toilet flushes down the drain, there is a very big chance that you will never see it again.
3. Rinse the Retrieved Item Under Hot Water
Assuming the item you retrieved from the toilet was non-electronic, you will need to rinse all the toilet water off. If you don’t rinse it thoroughly you are putting yourself in quite a danger. First, turn on the sink and wait for the hot water. The hotter the water is, the better. Ideally, you should lather up the infected item with soap and then, run it under the hot water. On the other hand, if the item you dropped is electronic and isn’t waterproof, rinsing it under hot water may not be the ideal way to disinfect it.
4. Do Not Forget to Wash Your Hands
The whole point is to prevent any type of infection, right? Therefore, even if you had the rubber gloves on, you must still wash your hands thoroughly. Make sure to scrub beneath your fingernails and between the fingers. These areas are where most bacteria are hiding. Once you have done all this, the item should be clean and ready to use.
Method 2 – Using Disinfectant Products
1. Use a Disinfectant Spray
First off, get a chemical disinfectant spray that is potent enough to kill all the bacteria attached to the dirty item. If the item has a solid, smooth surface, you can use a disinfectant wipe to scrub down the bacteria. On the other hand, if the item doesn’t have a smooth surface and has a bunch of irregular angles, use a spray to make sure the disinfectant gets into every part and corner.
2. Let It Sit Before You Dry It
The main mistake most people make is that they rinse off the item right after spraying the disinfectant over it. Instead, let the disinfectant sit for a couple of minutes. It will continue removing the bacteria that rests on the surface. After a few minutes, wipe every corner and part of the item using a dry towel to make sure all the disinfectant is gone. Ideally, you should rinse the item under water once more and dry it.
Method 3 – Sanitizing With Rubbing Alcohol
1. Find Some Cotton Balls and Rubbing Alcohol
For this method it is essential that you have a package of cotton balls as well as a bottle of isopropyl alcohol. The isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol as some people call it, is a very good way to disinfect more sensitive objects. By sensitive objects we mean remote controls, smart watches, cell phones, and basically all the electronics you don’t want to rinse under hot water. The best isopropyl alcohol is the one with a 70% concentration that doesn’t contain any additives.
2. Saturate the Cotton Ball
To saturate the cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol remove the cap of the bottle and dip the ball into alcohol. Hold it for a few seconds so the alcohol soaks into the fibers. To get rid of any excess alcohol, shake the cotton ball a few times. Remember not to let the cotton ball get too wet as alcohol could start leaking out and get into sensitive openings of the electronics.
3. Wipe the Item Down
Use the cotton ball you soaked into alcohol to swab the bacteria. Cleaning electronic or other sensitive items this way is ideal as you can eradicate all the bacteria without exposing the items to unnecessary moisture. After you are done with the cleaning, pat the sensitive item carefully with a clean towel and let it air dry. It shouldn’t take too long as the isopropyl alcohol usually evaporates very quickly.
Method 4 – Boiling The Item
1. Find a Huge Pot for Boiling
When it comes to the boiling method the first thing is finding the pot that is big enough for the item. Remember, this method is only recommended if the item is sturdy enough. After you have found the ideal pot, place it over a medium-high heat and wait for the water to start simmering. Once the temperature of the water is high enough, it is time to place the infected item into the pot.
2. Submerge the Item
Next, lower the infected item into the boiling water using a strainer or tongs. Once submerged, you can leave it immersed for up to 20 minutes. Due to the high temperature, boiling water will get rid of all the bacteria and microbial bugs that attached to the item. Note that if you leave the item too long in the boiling water it could get warped by the high temperature.
3. Put It Aside and Let It Dry
Assuming all the microbial bugs and bacteria are destroyed, it is time for you to take the disinfected item out of the water and shake it a little bit. Use a dry, clean towel to wrap the item and let it air dry. Plus, if your item has some sort of a cover or a lid, leave it off so the airflow could get into the item and prevent the formation of mildew.
A Few Words In The End
All in all, disinfecting an item that you dropped in the toilet can be a piece of cake when you have the necessary equipment as well as the instructions. It is extremely important to disinfect anything that got in contact with all the bacteria that sits in your toilet. Depending on the size, durability, and sensitivity of the item you will have to choose the method that suits you the best.