What is it about spring and sickness? Everyone and their dog seems to have a cold right now and germs are just freely flying. I find in our home, when Mr. W gets sick, I’m not far behind and visa versa. This time around, he came home with work sniffles that turned into a full-blown cold, so it’s nothing but soup, blankets and rest for him. But once all the foggy-ness has passed and you can finally breathe again, it’s amazing how much you can get done with that new-found energy. I personally go into house clean and sanitize mode to make sure all of the germs and otherwise are out of the house for good!
5 Quick Tips For Cleaning The House After A Cold
- Laundry: This is my go to first as most times when your sick with a bug, you head right for comfy clothes and even comfier blankets. I try to do a big wash of all of our blankets and hang them outside to dry (if your space allows) to give them a fresh finish. I also make sure to wash any pajamas or sweatpants that have been lived in over this time.
- Counters & Handles: The next area to tackle is surfaces and places you may touch regularly. Faucet handles, counter tops, doorknobs, side tables are a great starting point for where germs may hang out. I also give our couch a once over with our handy shop vac to give it a bit of a refresh.
- The Bed: Oooh this is a big one! The bed is usually the place you will spend most of your sick time, so make sure it’s one of the big things you tackle when you regain some energy. I try to strip the bed down to its bare mattress and give it a quick vacuum, while opening the windows to air everything out. Next, I throw all the offending items (sheets, pillowcases, blankets etc) into the wash and put our pillows out on the deck to air out as well.
- The Kitchen: Not somewhere you would consider sick germs to hang out, but you might be surprised. Between preparing food in a hurry to get back to the couch and drinking endless amounts of liquids, the kitchen is a great place to clean post cold or flu. I make sure to get ahead on dishes, especially the more loved ones such as water bottles and drink cups. I also make sure to really scrub my kitchen counters and surrounding areas, as usually they have gone without attention for a few days.
- Floors: Last but not least, the floors are the final piece to the sanitize puzzle. Not only will it feel good to have super clean floors, you might find yourself feeling even better with a clean home to finish up your rest in. We drop food crumbs, plastic, and a ton of dust when we’re sick, so it makes perfect sense to get it all out of the house.
Here’s hoping to a health-ier new year!
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