Your blood glucose meter is going to help take care of you. So take care of it in return! Cleaning and disinfecting your meter will help keep it in good shape.
Steps to clean and disinfect your meter
1. Fold a clean piece of gauze lengthwise two to five times.
2. Pinch the edges between your thumb and index finger to form a “U” shape.
3. Soak the gauze with 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA).
4. Use the gauze to clean any blood or dirt from the outside of the meter. Leave the surface of the meter wet for two minutes.
5. Throw away the used gauze where it won’t be handled by pets or children.
6. Allow the meter to completely air-dry before you check your blood sugar again.
Note: You can use the same process to clean your lancing device.
- Use only 70% isopropyl alcohol to disinfect your device. Never use bleach or a cleaner containing bleach.
- If you need a caregiver to help you check your blood sugar, they should disinfect the device after they help you with it.
- Only clean and disinfect the outside of the meter. Do not insert gauze into the holes in your meter.
- It’s best to disinfect your meter at least once a week. This helps kill any lingering germs and keeps your meter clean.
- If you notice any issues with your meter after cleaning, stop using the meter and contact Member Support.
Storing your meter
Your blood glucose meter is best stored in the travel case included in the Welcome Kit. The case is designed to protect the device, keep it clean and help you carry everything you need to check your blood sugar. You can even check your blood sugar without removing the meter from the case.
The information in this article is for the BG1000 blood glucose meter. This device is not sold in the United States.