Clean Catch Urine Collection Instructions

This information explains how to collect a urine (pee) sample using the clean catch urine collection method.

The clean catch urine collection method is a way to collect a urine sample. It helps keep germs on the skin around your urinary opening from getting into the sample. Your urinary opening is the hole where urine leaves your body.

The Urine Collection Kit

Your healthcare provider or a staff member will give you a urine collection kit. The kit has:

  • 1 urine cup
  • 1 Castile soap wipe
  • 3 benzalkonium chloride (BZK) cleansing wipes
  • 1 plastic bag
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Instructions for Girls and Women

  1. Wash your hands well with soap and water.
  2. Open the empty urine cup. Set the lid and cup down with the inside surface facing up.
    • Don’t touch the inside of the cup or lid. If you accidentally touch the inside of the cup or lid, please ask for a new one.
  3. Open the Castile soap wipe. Leave it in its wrapping.
  4. Open all 3 BZK cleansing wipes. Leave them in their wrapping.
     
  5. Figure 1. Spreading your labia and cleaning the area
    Spread your labia (the folds of skin around your urinary opening and vagina) with the thumb and forefinger of your nondominant hand (the hand you don’t write with).
  6. Use the Castile soap wipe to clean the area between your labia. Throw the wipe in the trash when you’re done.
  7. Using 3 different BZK cleansing wipes, clean the area between your labia. Wipe from front to back (see Figure 1).
    • Use 1 wipe for the left side, 1 wipe for the right side, and 1 wipe for the center (over your urinary opening).
    • Throw each wipe in the trash after you use it.
  8. Keeping your labia spread, stand over the bedpan, commode, or toilet.
  9. Pick up the empty urine cup with your free hand. Don’t urinate (pee) into the cup yet.
  10. Start urinating into the bedpan, commode, or toilet (see Figure 2). Once there’s a steady stream of urine (usually after a few seconds), move the empty urine cup into your urine stream to catch the urine (see Figure 3).
    Figure 2. Urinating into the bedpan, commode, or toilet
    Figure 3. Catching your urine in the cup
  11. Remove the cup once it’s half full. Once you’re done urinating in the cup, you can stop spreading your labia.
  12. Tightly screw the lid onto the urine cup. Be careful not to touch the inside of the lid or cup.
  13. If the outside of the cup has urine on it, clean it and wipe it dry with a paper towel. Put the urine cup into the plastic bag.
  14. Wash your hands.
  15. Give the urine cup to your healthcare provider or the staff member.
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Instructions for Boys and Men

  1. Wash your hands well with soap and water.
  2. Open the empty urine cup. Set the lid and cup down with the inside surface facing up.
    • Don’t touch the inside of the cup or lid. If you accidentally touch the inside of the cup or lid, please ask for a new one.
  3. Open the Castile soap wipe. Leave it in its wrapping.
  4. Open all 3 BZK cleansing wipes. Leave them in their wrapping.
  5. Pull your foreskin (the skin around the tip of your penis) away from your urinary opening, if needed. Use your non-dominant hand (the hand you don’t write with).
  6. Figure 4. Cleaning the head and tip of your penis
    Use the Castile soap wipe to clean the head of your penis (see Figure 4). Throw the wipe in the trash when you’re done.
  7. Use the BZK cleansing wipes to clean the head of your penis, including around your urinary opening at the tip of your penis (see Figure 4). Throw the wipes in the trash after you use them.
  8. Keeping your foreskin pulled back (if needed), pick up the empty urine cup with your free hand. Don’t urinate (pee) into the cup yet.
  9. Start urinating into the bedpan, commode, or toilet (see Figure 5). Once there’s a steady stream of urine (usually after a few seconds), move the empty urine cup into your urine stream to catch the urine (see Figure 6).
    Figure 5. Urinating into the bedpan, commode, or toilet
    Figure 6. Catching your urine in the cup
  10. Remove the cup once it’s half full. Once you’re done urinating in the cup, you can stop pulling your foreskin back.
  11. Tightly screw the lid onto the urine cup. Be careful not to touch the inside of the lid or cup.
  12. If the outside of the cup has urine on it, clean it and wipe it dry with a paper towel. Put the urine cup into the plastic bag.
  13. Wash your hands.
  14. Give the urine cup to your healthcare provider or the staff member.
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