A good cleaning session after you have had a household illness at home is important. Cleaning will eliminate germs that have been spread around your home when you or your loved ones have been sick. A clean home gives all of you a chance to recover quickly from the illness and for those who weren’t sick, it protects them from becoming ill too.
You can clean your home after a household illness with the following tips.
Get All The Cleaning Supplies
Before you begin cleaning you will need everything that will do a great job of giving your home a clean and fresh look. Cleaning supplies like Disinfectants, microfiber cloths, essential oils and so on are important. Go for the green cleaning detergents to avoid triggering allergic symptoms and instead help accelerate the recovery.
- Begin With Blankets, Bedding and “Sick” Clothes
When most people get sick and are lying on the bed, sweating is inevitable which is why stripping down the bedding, throw blankets, pajamas and all the sick clothes and washing them is advisable. Before you begin washing them, ensure that you check them out for stains and treat them. Run them on the highest but safe temperature for the material and do not overload your washing machine if you want effective cleaning. Wash even the pillows in the washing machine and even if it takes you several little loads for the job to be done, so be it if the result is a good wash. After washing your beddings and sick clothes don’t forget to air out your mattress. You can take it out to the sun or simply leave it sheetless the whole day. If need be, you can also give it a good light misting.
- Clean and Disinfect The Bathroom
The bathroom will need a good scrubbing and disinfecting after a period of illness. You will especially need to clean the sink, faucets, toilet handles, and toilet. You can use a steamer in the bathroom because it will save you a lot of time that you would have spent cleaning out those little cracks and crannies that are difficult to reach. You don’t need to use harsh chemical cleaners to clean and disinfect your bathroom. There are green cleaning agents that will work perfectly. For example, when cleaning the toilet and sink, consider spraying some hydrogen peroxide and water mixture before steaming and letting it sit for a couple of minutes for the best results.
- Disinfect the Rest of the house
It is important to clean those items that were frequently touched during the illness such as doorknobs, light switches, railings, mobile devices and so on. Most things around the home will only require some good scrubbing with antibacterial dish soap and hot water. For those items that can’t be washed with soap and water, you can always use an antibacterial spray on them. Remember that germs will survive longest on hard non-porous surfaces, therefore ensure that you wipe such areas properly using a disinfectant. When using a steam cleaner, you could also add some essential oils in the water in order to achieve that lovely scent for your home.
- Let The Air In
If the weather is favorable you could simply open your windows and allow the fresh air to breeze in. This is a natural way of aerating your house. The fresh air will keep your home fresh and get rid of any lingering stale or dry air. You will definitely enjoy breathing in the quality indoor air and this might even make you or your loved ones recover more speedily.
5. All The Towels Should Be Washed.
All the towels you used or touched during the sickness period should be washed. These include the bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes and even other makeup items such as foundation sponges. Washing them will rid them of any bacteria that might have lingered on. For best results make sure you wash them using the highest temperature possible. If the towels have an odor, you could add some vinegar to the laundry load and use a fabric softener for the fluffier-looking towels.
6. Clean The Toothbrushes
If you have those cheap disposable toothbrushes, then it is advisable to simply throw them away and get new ones. However, if you have a new or expensive toothbrush that you haven’t used much, you can always use hydrogen peroxide in a cup and then submerge the bristles of your toothbrushes for 30 minutes. Afterwards rinse them thoroughly with water and they will be clean and disinfected.
7. Air Filter Replacement
Consider replacing your furnace’s air filter after being sick and dispose of the old air filter to avoid recirculation of the sick germs within your home again. This is a cheap and easy way to promote clean air breathing in your home.
8. Clean Stuffed Animals and Toys
You could toss the stuffed animals in the washing machine or give them a good antibacterial steaming. Hard-surfaced toys can be cleaned by scrubbing or steam then being wiped dry using a microfiber cloth.
9. Wipe Clean All Electronics
Electronic devices like cell phones, computers, TV remotes, keyboards and all the others should be wiped down using a disinfectant wipe. You could use a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol or a microfiber cloth that is a little damp with hydrogen peroxide.
10. Empty and Clean Your Waste Basket
Your trash can has probably seen it all during the sickness period. After the illness, simply clean and disinfect it. You can always line your trash can with a plastic bag to protect it from dirt during the illness and after the illness empty it and still clean and disinfect it.
Cleaning your home after a household illness is very advisable. You don’t want your loved ones or yourself becoming sick all over again. Just think about how the illness has set you back and the time you have taken off to care for the sick ones or to allow yourself to recover. A clean home is definitely the beginning of good health.