How do you clean enema equipment on the best way to avoid bacterias? Is using seasalt to clean good?
My colonist sad to me that I can use just soap and hot water,..but Im not sure it will get rid of the bacterias.
Would be glad to hear your advises!
A lot has been written on the subject of cleaning an enema bag. Valerie_cct, who has a lot of experience with enemas and colonics has written the following:
”There are probably many different opinions on the best way to clean your enema bag, but if it is just you using it, and if you always hang it to drip dry afterwards somewhere where there is light and air can circulate, I don't think you have to worry about cleaning it more than 3-4 times a year.
On the other hand, if an enema bag is also used by your husband or partner, and possibly other family members, then a great deal more attention to cleaning the bag regularly is required. Also, if you typically use the bag and afterwards store it away in a drawer or dark closet on it's side before it has thoroughly dried, then you are asking for mold to grow in the bag and throughout the tubing.
I encourage others reading this to post their comments, but the way I clean my own personal combination syringe at home (I also have a 2000ml stainless steel enema can) is to fill it with a solution of 50% water and 50% plain clorox bleach and hang it so it flows into the bathtub until it is half empty. Then I clamp the shutoff (placed near the end of the tubing by the rectal attachment), and let it just hang for a couple of hours. Then, with the bag hanging low above the tub, and the shutoff opened just enough to allow the solution to slowly flow out, allow the bag to empty.
Then I fill the bag with plain tap water and empty it, and then refill it with tapwater, attach the tubing, and hang the bag above the tub until it empties. Then with the bag hanging upside down on the back of the bathroom door, and the tubing looped over it, I try to allow it to throughly dry before using again, which can take 3-5 days depending on the humidity. Before using again for an enema I rinse with the tubing attached until the bag empties through the tubing. Never use your enema bag or tubing for douching. You should have completely separate equipment for this purpose.
Ideally, each family member should have their own personal enema bag not shared with others, but in many family situations this is not feasible. At the minimum, you and your partner should have individual equipment, and if there are children or other family members who need enemas on a frequent basis, then there should be at least a third enema bag in the family for them. However, if other family members only require occasional enemas, you might consider disposable large volume (1500 ml) bag enema units, such as those by Fleet. Your pharmacy can order them for you, and they are less than $4 each.
Again, I encourage comments and critique on this topic from other readers on this forum.
A good thing to get is a clear tube for your enema equipment. That is what I got for mine, and I know exactly when it needs to be replaced. It is a lot easier to prevent mildew in the bag than in the tube.
I use hydrogen peroxide and plain natural soaps (kirk's, dr. bronner's, etc.), wash well, and hang up in the shower to drip dry.
please don't use fleet or similar vinyl products. you are just putting way more toxins -- and way more dangerous carcinogenic toxins -- into your body than you are taking out. I had an old fleet bag that I boiled and cleaned for days and then it lasted me a few years, but then it got a leak and I stupidly threw it out. the newer ones have some different composition, and when I tried boiling that one the hose turned all soft and blue colored and still has a vinyl smell. they are really, really toxic, just please avoid the vinyls altogether.
I am absolutely horrified. I am a 61 year old woman that has been studying holistic health for the better part of my life. I take enemas regularly and somehow it never occured to me that this cheap enema bag and tubing could be filled with mold, mildew and bacteria. I guess the bag never dryed out properly. This evening, after taking an enema and after reading an article about how to clean enema equipment, I decided that I was going to buy a new bag instead of cleaning the old one, so, I cut open the tubing and bag just to see what was inside. To my horror, I saw mold, mildew, different colors of green and purple..things growing...I am so sick to my stomach from nerves that I feel like I'm going out my mind...to know that I have been putting these toxic substances into my body all this time. I eat the healthiest of diets and take herbs and vitamins to support my body ecology...and now I don't know what to do. I frantically called my acupuncturist on a Sunday morning for moral support and I'm wondering if I should go to my gastroenterologist and request a colonoscopy and endoscope. Could this mold and mildew be throughout my entire body? I have had colon polyps removed three times over the past few years and I'm sure this bacteria I've been pumping into my system has not done me any good.
Does anyone have any idea how I could cleanse myself of this "suspected" mold, mildew and bacteria that may be in my system? I'm feeling like the stupidest person on earth right now besides feeling internally poisioned.
Hi Blance, your plan to buy a new enema bag is a good idea, and you may want to consider having a couple of colonics to insure that colon receives a thorough cleansing beyond what you can accomplish from enemas.
At the minimum, I would suggest daily full bag soapsuds enemas for a week or so. That should help put your mind at ease as well as wash out toxins resulting from the mold in the tubing.
Has anyone else ever made the mistake of thinking their enema bag was mold free only to find out you have been using it for long periods of time and it was full of mold? What are the dangers and solutions?
Clanliness of enema equipment has always been a concern and with that in mind, here are a few thoughts. First of all, most users should realize the closed top 'combination syringe' is almost impossible to clean if contaminates are allowed to get into it especially from 'back flow'. Using bleach can be destructive to rubber and dangerous to the colon if not completely flushed away. An 'open top' syringe allows one to turn it inside out to really inspect, scrub and dry it. Also after several enemas it is a good idea to put 1/2 pint or so of 3% peroxide into the bag, tubing and tip and let it soak for 3-4 hours to kill lingering bacteria. All this assumes a through flushing after each session with hot soapy water. If you can, replace the tube connection at the bottom of the bag with an inexpensive anti-backflow device such as Optimal Health sells (2/$5) or place one in the tubing.
Now the tubing. Doing the above will help, however, as you know the tubing takes forever to dry. After shaking water drops from the tube, hold one end (clamp open) against a vacuum cleaner hose or port allowing it to suck out remaining droplets for a minute or two. Those droplets won't hurt the vac and your tubing will dry in no time. Dry tubing reduces mold growth, provides peace of mind, and will extend it's (and maybe your) lifetime.