A Trusted Partner

HIBICLENS® has been a trusted partner of healthcare professionals for over 30 years, repeatedly demonstrating its efficacy and safety. Recent studies and recommendations continue to reinforce its effectiveness, particularly in Intensive Care Units. Protect your patients without taking shortcuts.

Clinical studies have shown that a 4% CHG solution, such as HIBICLENS, can help reduce facility infection rates, resulting in a significant economic gain.1 This antimicrobial antiseptic skin cleanser can be an effective defense for preventing the spread of MRSA2 and other staph infections in your facilities. Its active ingredient, chlorhexidine gluconate, works in a unique way - it kills germs on contact3 and bonds with the skin4 to keep killing microorganisms even after washing.

The formula of  HIBICLENS 4% chlorhexidine gluconate is bactericidal upon contact and binds to skin. It sustains its protection for up to 24 hours.5

How do I bathe or shower with HIBICLENS?

  1. If you have any open skin areas, check with a nurse before using HIBICLENS to shower or bathe.
  2. If you plan to wash your hair, do so using regular shampoo. Then rinse hair and body thoroughly to remove any shampoo residue.
  3. Thoroughly rinse your body with water from the neck down.
  4. Apply HIBICLENS directly on your skin or on a wet washcloth and wash gently. If showering: Move away from the shower stream when applying HIBICLENS to avoid rinsing off too soon.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  6. Do not use regular soap after applying and rinsing HIBICLENS.
  7. Dry your skin with a towel.
  8. If lotions are required, use only those that are compatible with CHG.
  9. Put on a freshly laundered gown or clothes after bathing.

Use only as directed, see HIBICLENS label for full product information and precautions.

  1. Rao, Nalini., et al. "A Preoperative Decolonization Protocol for Staphylococcus Aureus Prevents Orthopaedic Infections." Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 466.6 (2008): 1343-348.
  2. Climo, Michael W., et al. The Effect of Daily Bathing with Chlorhexidine on the Acquisition of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, and Healthcare-associated Bloodstream Infections: Results of a Quasi-experimental Multicenter Trial. Critical Care Medicine. 2009;37[6]:1858-1865.
  3. Paulson, Daryl S. Persistent and Residual Antimicrobial Effects: Are They Important in the Clinical Setting? Infection Control Today 2005; Vol 9, No 4.
  4. Pieters, Philip C. et al. Venous Catheters: A Practice Manual. Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. 2003. P22.
  5. MBT Study No. 582-106, Study Protocol # 582.


When laundered with chlorine bleach, the combination of Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) and sufficient chlorine can stain fabrics. Thus, special laundering procedures should be considered when fabrics contaminated with CHG are laundered. If sufficient available chlorine is present during the washing procedure, a fast brown stain may develop due to a chemical reaction between CHG and chlorine.


1. Not Aging. Avoid allowing the product to age (set) on unwashed linens.

2. Rinsing and Washing. A rinse operation as the initial step in the wash process is helpful in the laundering of linen exposed to chlorhexidine gluconate. Such rinsing is also important in the laundering of linen which contains organic materials such as blood or pus. For best results, warm water rinses (90-100°F) are recommended. After a number of initial rinses followed by a washing with a low alkaline/nonchlorine detergent, most fabrics previously contacting chlorhexidine gluconate should have an acceptable level of whiteness. If a rewash process using bleach is necessary to achieve a greater degree of whiteness, the bleach should be a nonchlorine bleach.

3. Not Using Chlorine Bleach. Modern laundering methods often make the use of chlorine bleach unnecessary. It is worthwhile trying to wash without chlorine to ascertain if the resulting degree of whiteness is acceptable. Omission of chlorine from the laundering process can extend the useful life of cotton articles since oxidizing bleaches such as chlorine may cause some damage to cellulose - even when used in low concentration.

4. Changing to a Peroxide-Type Bleach, Such as Sodium Perborate, Sodium Percarbonate or Hydrogen Peroxide.This should eliminate the reaction which could occur with the use of chlorine bleaches. If a chlorine bleach must be used, a concentration of less than 7 ppm available chlorine (1/10 the normal bleach level) is suggested to minimize possible staining.


The laundering procedures set forth above using low alkaline, non-chlorine laundry detergents are also applicable to laundering of uniforms and lab coats. Commercially available laundry detergents which do not contain chlorine include Borax, Borateem®, Dreft®, Oxydol and Ivory Snow®. These products, however, will not remove stains previously set into the fabric.

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