How to Disinfect a Home After an Infection From Ringworm

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Your doctor can prescribe medication to treat ringworm infections.

Ringworm, a fungal infection, spreads by contact with the spores of the fungus. People and animals are susceptible to this infection, which manifests itself as ring-shaped skin lesions. Even after the person or pet has recovered from the ringworm infection, the spores can stay active in the home for up to 18 months, which can cause additional infections. To decontaminate your home after a ringworm infection, perform a thorough cleaning.


Step 1

Vacuum the entire home. The ringworm fungus can survive on dead skin cells and hair. Steam clean the carpets, drapes and upholstery.

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Step 2

Launder all bedding and similar items that the infected person or animal used.

Step 3

Mix a cleaning solution of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Use this solution to scrub the pet carriers, kennels, toys and similar items of infected pets. Allow the bleach solution to remain on all surfaces for 10 minutes to kill the spores. Rinse all items thoroughly.


Step 4

Clean combs and brushes after each use with the bleach solution, if the infected person has ringworm on the scalp.

Step 5

Disinfect bathtubs and showers with the bleach solution, if the fungus infected someone's feet.

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