7 Things to Clean When Illness Strikes

The following post is from Becky of Clean Mama:

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source: Steve A. Johnson

As soon as I have my cleaning routine implemented and running smoothly, all the laundry completed and drawers organized, it never fails someone gets sick.  And then it spreads through the house and what do you know, it’s two weeks before things start getting back to normal.  Getting sick is part of life and it’s good to build up healthy immune systems, but if there’s a slim chance that I can avoid it I’ll do what I can.  I’ve found a couple things help stop the spreading when they’re done right away.

Mandi shared 5 ways to prevent the flu – these ideas can be added to that in your illness bag of tricks. I don’t do these things when someone has a little case of the sniffles – these are my tricks for influenza or stomach flu (both of which we’ve had this winter).  I use natural and non-toxic cleaning supplies and eco-friendly microfiber cleaning cloths, but I do have a stash of non-toxic antibacterial cleaning wipes on hand for quick clean-ups and for times when someone’s sick.  They work well on handles and switches, no drips from spray cleaner.  I also use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or pad to clean phones, computer mouses, etc.

  • Clean all bathrooms. – Wipe down sinks and toilets – don’t forget to get the toilet handles  and the door  handles, light switch and switch plate.
  • Wash all hand towels. – Give everyone their own hand towel until sickness has passed.
  • Wipe down handles and handrails (refrigerator, dishwasher, stairs, sinks, etc.).
  • Wipe door handles.  – Use a cleaning wipe to make this quick and easy.
  • Wipe light switches and switch plates. – I find that a non-toxic cleaning wipe best for this, no drips.
  • Wipe down phones, remotes, computer keyboards, electronic games and devices. – Wipe with a cotton pad dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  • Wash blankets and pillows that the family uses. – For us this means that I launder the pillows and blankets  in our family room.

What would you add to the list?

Becky is a self-proclaimed clean freak and list maker. She is a work-at-home mom to three little ones, and in her spare time she enjoys sharing her cleaning and organizing tricks and tips on her blog, Clean Mama and through her Etsy Shop, Clean Mama Printables.
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