Hypaclean absorbent powder used to clean a spill; a spill being mopped’ absorbent powder being poured

Absorbent powder is a versatile cleaning tool used to wipe up liquids quickly and safely. Absorbent powder (also known as vomit powder) soaks up any fluids and coagulates into a gel that can easily be scooped up and disposed of.

It can be used on a variety of surfaces, including carpet or grass. Any good body fluid kit should contain quality absorbent powder.

What is absorbent powder used for?

Product showcase with HypaClean absorbent powders

Absorbent powder is mainly used to facilitate the removal of biohazard fluid spills like urine, blood or vomit from a surface. Schools and hospitals stock absorbent powder due to their particular risk of body fluid spills.

Absorbent powder is effective on:
Biohazard fluids:
  • Vomit
  • Blood
  • Saliva
  • Mucus
  • Urine
Other liquids:
  • Oil
  • Paints
  • Beverages
  • Butter and vegetable oils
  • Petrol

What do schools use to clean vomit?

A janitor mops up the floor of a school
The quick removal and deodorisation of vomit is very important in schools to ensure that germs and bacteria don’t linger. Schools will typically use absorbent powder to clump vomit together, deodorising the area and making the mess easier to remove.

Soap, water and sometimes bleach will then be used to disinfect the area after the removal of the spill.

How should you use absorbent powder?

Absorbent powder being used to clean a hospital spill To clean spills with absorbent powder: Simply sprinkle the powder over a spill, beginning with the outer edges and moving towards the centre. Once all the liquid has been absorbed and turned into a gel, use the scoop included in your body fluid disposal kit to carefully lift the gel and place it safely into a biohazard waste bag for disposal.

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Jo Stokes is a writer, marketer and trained first aider at First Aid Online.
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