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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Your Responsibilities
Your Surroundings & Environment

House Chores & Home Maintenance

Prior to discharge, your home should be thoroughly cleaned in the same way as you would do a good “spring cleaning”.

  1. Any commercial cleaning soap or solution can be used. It does not need to be labelled “anti-bacterial”.
  2. Rugs and carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed.
  3. Clean kitchen and bathroom sinks, tubs, shower area, and toilets with a cleaner that kills mildew.
  4. Pour 1 cup of liquid bleach down all drains.
  5. All kitchen appliances, including the inside of the refrigerator and counter tops, should be thoroughly cleaned with a commercial cleaning soap or solution.
  6. All filters (air conditioning, heaters, and humidifiers should be removed and cleaned or replaced.

Until your blood counts have fully recovered, general housekeeping is best left for someone else to do. You may help in clearing the dishes from the table, washing dishes and making beds. Remember to wash your hands after doing these activities.

The following house chores should be done by someone other than the BMT patient:

  1. Dust and vacuum the house once a week.
  2. Clean all bathrooms weekly (more frequently as needed) with a good general disinfectant.
  3. Change bed linens weekly or more often if needed.

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