For people doing enemas – especially coffee enemas – on a regular basis, it’s important clean all kit components with ingredients that minimize exposures to additional toxins or chemicals. This non-toxic focus is especially crucial for individuals dealing with severe illness or disease, because standard cleaning agents add to a person’s overall toxic burden and can make healing much more difficult.

Over the last 6+ years, I have been using my enema kit almost daily for coffee enemas, probiotic enemas, medicinal enemas and warm, filtered-water enemas. My co-workers and family gently chide me over my passion for the fairly taboo practice, often saying I should start my own “Coffee Club”. But in many ways these enemas have been a pivotal component of my personal healing journey, aiding my body in detoxification, regeneration, supplementation and… constipation {rhyming with words is fun}. After more than 2,000 enemas I can say I’ve become somewhat of an expert on the topic, including how to take care of my equipment in a way that preserves the overall integrity of the kit and is completely non-toxic on my sensitive system.

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The below instructions are a breakdown of my own cleaning regimen, which I have tailored over the years to become as simple and natural as possible. With regards to actual kit equipment I personally prefer using an enema bucket, though I started out doing enemas with a bag. Although these directions are geared more towards bucket kits, I have attempted to make bag-specific adjustments where they apply.

Cleaning Products & Tools:

{Ingredient quantities are based-upon each individual’s cleaning needs, therefore I did not provide specific measurements}

  • Distilled White Vinegar
    {You can also use regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, I have used both options when I’ve run out of distilled and they are equally effective}
  • A small pitcher for pouring vinegar directly into the tubing
  • Baking Soda
  • A cleaning cloth {best for cleaning enema bags}
  • A scour pad {best for cleaning enema buckets}
  • Optional: pipe cleaner for accessing rigid enema tips


  1. Take a scoop of baking soda and begin pouring as much as possible down the tubing. This step is easiest to do while the tubing is dry. It still works if the tube is wet or damp, though it may take additional rinses.
  2. Pour the distilled vinegar from your larger container into a small pitcher to ensure most of the the vinegar will end up directly in the tubing and not down the drain {or all over the counter}.
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  3. Take the pitcher and pour the vinegar into the tube. At this point the vinegar and baking soda will begin to fizz. The wetness from the vinegar will push the fizzing bi-carb throughout the tubing. You may need to add extra baking soda or more vinegar to fully coat the tubing’s interior.
  4. Starting from one end, begin massaging the tubing between your fingers and thumbs, gently dislodging any coffee oil or residue currently adhered to the inner walls.
  5. Once you reach the opposite end of the tube, turn on the faucet and rinse out the tubing until the water runs clear. Repeat steps 1-4 until desired level of cleanliness has been achieved. Then hang the tubing – fully extended – from a tall hook or shower head to dry.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for all enema tips needing cleaning. Soft enema tips can be massaged manually, whereas rigid enema tips may require the use of a pipe cleaner to get everything off the hard, inner walls. Rinse with water and set aside to dry.
  7. Pour baking soda, followed by vinegar, directly into your enema bucket or bag and use either a cleaning cloth or scrub pad to clean both the interior and exterior of the container. Rinse with water and set aside – upside down, if possible – to dry {for enema bags, you may have to use a towel to dry the interior of the bag, or find some sort of device to separate the walls of the bag from one another. Otherwise the bag might not fully dry}.
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Additional Recommendations:

  • Cleaning your enema kit is best done over a wash tub or sink to prevent making a mess all over the counter/floor. It will also allow you access to water to rinse the components.
  • You’re welcome to use soap. I choose to use vinegar and baking soda because I don’t like the fragrance of most soaps and I don’t want any soap residue left within the tubing. However, if you have liquid castile soap this does work really well and does not leave a soapy film.
  • I want to reemphasize hanging your tubing to dry while it’s fully extended, not just after cleaning, but also after doing each enema. If the tubing is rolled-up and placed into a dark cupboard or under your bathroom sink, this is how mold or mildew can begin to grow, which is NOT something you want to be sending into your colon during you next enema.
  • There is NO standardized frequency for cleaning your kit, just clean it when you find the timing appropriate. As long as the components are stored in a dry environment and rinsed with warm water after each use, a minimum cleaning schedule every two weeks should be more than sufficient {I have gone much longer than this, with no negative consequences}.

The photos within this blog are snapshots taken during a recent kit-cleaning tutorial video I created. The video “How To Clean Your Enema Kit” is available on our Conners Clinic YouTube channel, but I will also post the link here. Watching the tutorial might give a better visual for my actual cleaning process.

Happy Kit Cleaning!! 🙂