What To Clean After You Have Been Sick.
I have OCD, and that’s not a term I throw around lightly either. I am terrified of germs so when I go out in public; I get freaked out when people cough or sneeze. I am the person you want to talk to you about preventing illness because that is my worst fear that someone will give me the flu.
The problem is a lot of people forget to take universal precautions. You would be surprised how many people I’ve seen come out of the toilet in the bathroom and not wash their hands. Some people bring the food into the ladies room at Disneyland and eat it in there.
We all like to think we are clean, and we have good habits, and I’m not saying you don’t, but we also are human. Sometimes we do gross stuff, and we don’t realize we're doing it. So what are you supposed to do this time of year to prevent getting sick and what should you do once you get sick to avoid spreading it around?
If you have kids, they’re probably going to get sick this year there’s no way around it primarily because they go to school and things get passed around. So the whole family needs to practice good handwashing skills and tell kids do not put your fingers in the eyes, nose, or mouth at all. If you do make sure, they’re clean first and wash them after you do.
Carry small bottles of hand sanitizer or disposable hand wipes. Use them when you can't wash your hands.
Another thing we need to teach your kids is to cough and sneeze into their elbow. Do this yourself as well.
That’s all you can do to prevent getting sick. Even if you get the flu shot, you can still get sick with something else. Like a cold.
I like to keep these things in my house this time year.
-disinfecting sprays like Lysol or Seventh Generation
- Rubbing alcohol 70% or rubbing alcohol pads
-Disinfecting cleaning wipes
- Pledge multi-surface antibacterial everyday cleaner.
Isolate the sick family members to prevent the spread of illness.
Disinfect these surfaces once a day with disinfecting wipes or spray. To help prevent the spread of germs. I prefer rubbing alcohol pads for most.
-keyboard and mouse
-fridge and freezer door handles
Make sure whoever is taking care of the sick washes their hands after caring for the sick.
As the mother and caretaker in my family, I also follow these steps when I am sick too. I am enjoying the new Seventh Generation Disinfecting Spray.
Seventh Generation just came out with the disinfecting spray which is fantastic because it’s a more natural product. I spray toilets, door handles, and other surfaces that are harder to clean.
I've been spraying everything with it. I am sick right now, and thankfully it hasn't spread.
I also like to get old towels if your kids are you will be camping out on the couch while sick. Lay down old towels and put a sheet on top of them. If they end up throwing up or are sneezing a lot, you won’t have to worry about getting the couch dirty. Do the same for your bed put down some old towels down with a sheet on top of it. The same goes for the pillow. If your sweating it could make clean up easier.
Until whoever is sick is on the mend, don't worry about cleaning that much. Just keep the surfaces that everyone touches sanitary.
Once everyone is better its time to clean everything.
Now denture cleaner sounds weird but its antibacterial and can clean a lot of things fast and easy. Your kids when they get sick they’re probably going to be touching toys and water bottles that can’t go in the dishwasher. For things like that you can soak toys in denture cleaner. I used it for baby toys myself. You can put kids toys in a bowl of cold water and then drop in some denture tablets, and it will kill germs. That is a fast and easy method of cleaning many toys at once.
If your kids been sick a lot lately and they play with Legos or other hard plastic toys all the time you could put your Legos or action figures in a mesh bag and put them on the top rack of the dishwasher, so that’s another easy way to disinfect toys.
Rubbing alcohol is my disinfectant of choice but if a lot of things need to be sanitized Lysol spray is excellent.
Once someone has been sick, you need to clean every surface in your home. That's the reason I recommend the Pledge it’s a multi-surface spray you can use it on your granite countertops. You can use it on marble. You can use it on the wooden furniture. Once someone in your house has been sick, you should wipe the house down once they are doing better. Now if they were using the night table or the coffee table and putting used tissues down on these you want to give those a good wipe down.
I highly recommend getting all the linens off the beds all the towels that have been used and washing them in hot water. Dry on the highest setting that they can go as well just want to get rid of those germs.
Kids can help clean up give them some protective gloves and hand them some disinfecting wipes and tell them to go to town.
There is Lysol for fabrics. I prefer to wash what I can.
You also need to air out your house not because germs are flying through the air, but the odds are that it is stuffy inside. It's a good idea to do this while cleaning because the cleaning products smell strong.
Do not forget the car. Use disinfecting wipes to clean the steering wheel, knobs, and door handles.
I also disinfect the toothbrushes. I put them un a cup of hydrogen peroxide for at least ten minutes and rinse before using.
Some experts also recommend changing your air filters as well.
The gist is once a bug has affected anyone in your home its time to clean house once they are well. If the whole family get's sick, you still need to clean. You can get sick again.
Stay well this cold and flu season. Hopefully, some of this advice will help you stay healthy.