Clostridium difficile is a type of bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever and belly tenderness. C. diff bacteria are found in a patient's stool and can easily be transferred to household surfaces. To prevent spreading the illness, wash hands frequently after coming in contact with shared surfaces, and sanitize thoroughly with a solution of bleach and water.

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Wash hands thoroughly and frequently to prevent the spread of C. diff.

Step 1

Put on a pair of rubber gloves to minimize contact with C. diff bacteria.

Step 2

Mix 1 cup chlorine bleach with 1 quart water in a bucket.

Step 3

Use a clean sponge to wash down surfaces with the bleach solution. Mop your home's floors, and thoroughly wash toilets, bathtubs, faucets, countertops, sinks, doorknobs, beds and other surfaces the patient may have touched, including the car door handles and steering wheel. When you're cleaning electrical devices, wring out as much of the bleach solution from the sponge as possible before wiping them down to keep water from seeping into the mechanisms.

Step 4

Throw away the sponge to eliminate any risk of transferring bacteria to other surfaces, and pour the bleach water into a toilet.

Step 5

Wash all bedding in the washing machine with your regular laundry detergent and 1/4 cup bleach.

Step 6

Remove the rubber gloves and throw them in the garbage can.

Step 7

Wash your hands and wrists with warm water and soap, taking care to wash the backs of your hands and under your fingernails before rinsing with fresh water to remove the any C. diff bacteria. Rinsing is a critical step in removing these bacteria. The bacteria need to be rinsed off your hands. Disinfectant soaps and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ineffective.