How to Shower Using Hibiclens®

This information explains how to shower using Hibiclens®.

Your healthcare team has recommended that you shower with Hibiclens. Hibiclens is a skin cleanser that kills germs for up to 24 hours after using it. It contains a strong antiseptic (substance used to kill germs and bacteria) called chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG). Showering with Hibiclens will help reduce your risk of infection.

You may need to use Hibiclens:

  • Daily while your central venous catheter (CVC) is in place.
  • Before and after your surgery or procedure.
  • If you’re in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
  • If you’re getting a stem cell transplant.
  • If you have cancer of the blood or lymphatic system including:
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
    • Myeloma

How to Use Hibiclens

  1. Use your normal shampoo to wash your hair. Rinse your head well.
  2. Use your normal soap to wash your face and genital area. Rinse your body well.
  3. Open the Hibiclens bottle. Pour some solution into your hand or a washcloth.
  4. Move away from the shower stream to avoid rinsing off the Hibiclens too soon.
  5. Rub the Hibiclens gently over your body from your neck to your feet. Don’t put the Hibiclens on your face or genital area.
  6. Move back into the shower stream to rinse off the Hibiclens.
  7. Dry yourself off with a clean towel after your shower.
  8. Don’t put on any lotion, cream, deodorant, makeup, powder, or perfume after your shower.
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Important Points to Remember When Using Hibiclens

  • Don’t use Hibiclens on children who are younger than 2 months old.
  • Don’t use Hibiclens if you’re allergic to chlorhexidine.
  • Don’t use Hibiclens on your head, face, eyes, ears, mouth, genital area, or on deep wounds. If you have a wound and aren’t sure if you should use Hibiclens on it, ask your doctor or nurse.
  • Don’t use regular soap, lotion, cream, powder, or deodorant after washing with Hibiclens.
  • If you have an irritation or allergic reaction when using Hibiclens, stop using it and call your doctor.

For more information, read the product label on the outside of the Hibiclens package or visit the Hibiclens website at


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