Who among us has escaped the flu/cold phase unscathed? If you have, pat yourself on the back, because either due to a strong immune system or ultra-clean hygiene and environment, you are in the lucky minority. It begins with a scratchy throat and headache, and before you know it, you are another fallen soldier, laying on the same couch your sick child was on last week, throwing your discarded tissues toward the trash can but occasionally missing and targeting your coffee table instead. If you are ready to regain your health and try to stave off any further illnesses for you and your family, then a thorough cleaning of your home or condo is in order.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states disinfecting areas in your home that have come into contact with individuals infected with the flu will help stop the spread of the virus to others. Although this is something we all know, it goes by the wayside sometimes as we get back to work and into our daily routines of work and school. But after the Kleenex box is tossed out and the Nyquil is placed back in the medicine cabinet, it is imperative to break out the appropriate cleaning materials.
Surfaces like tables, light switches, refrigerator handles, cabinet knobs, and remote controls need a thorough wiping with a disinfectant. Sheets, pajamas, pillows, and throws all need to be washed in hot water and bleach, if applicable. Natural cleansers like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda are good alternatives as disinfectants and brighteners for your laundry and countertops, etc. If you utilize a bar area for breakfast or as a stage for the kids to do their homework, make sure it gets wiped down. And, after you have cleaned your interior living areas, take it outside to your vehicles. Car seats and areas where children sit can be germ magnets so consider a good cleaning for your automobiles as well.
Another benefit to cleaning your home after a sickness has ensued is the mental benefit. In the throes of an illness, especially one that has spread throughout your entire family, depression and a feeling of being overwhelmed can set in. When you are up to it, open the doors and windows, let fresh air and sunshine in, fill the recycle bins and garbage cans, remove the unwanted stuff from your house and get to work on getting healthy. A little elbow grease goes a long way in house cleaning so get your home in tip-top shape after the flu or a cold and you’ll be your own friendly house-doctor. Happy cleaning, and here’s to a clean, healthy home this summer and all year long.