How to Clean a House of E. Coli

We all carry the harmless bacteria E. coli in our digestive system, but a few strains — usually spread from contaminated meat — can cause more serious illness. Symptoms range from diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain to more serious kidney or anemia problems, requiring hospitalization. During the infectious period — when you can pass the disease from one person to another — it's critical to keep your house clean of the bacteria to avoid spreading it. This infectious period may last up to two weeks, especially in young children.

E. coli are germs present on surfaces and in our systems.

Step 1

Give each person her own towel to use for hand washing and bathing to avoid spreading the E. coli.

Step 2

Wash all the soiled towels, clothes and bedding in the washing machine on the hottest cycle. Keep all soiled articles separate from clean items.

Step 3

Fill a bucket with hot water and a few squirts of soap. Dip a clean sponge or cloth into the solution, and wipe down toilet seats, toilet handles and sink faucet handles. Dispose of the sponges or cloths after use, or wash them in the hottest water possible in the washing machine. Clean toilets and faucets frequently.

Step 4

Apply a toilet disinfectant to the inside of the toilet bowl. Scrub the toilet bowl with a toilet brush.

Step 5

Mix 1 tsp. of bleach with 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray all utensils and countertops with the solution after each use. Allow the sanitizer to sit on the surface for a few minutes. Rinse the area or utensil with clean water, and allow it to air-dry.