Clean Your Home After Being Sick

Have you or someone else in your home been sick? Many illnesses including colds, strep, and the flu occur frequently in the Winter months. Germs love warm, moist places and when someone in your home is sick, germs can linger behind for days. The flu virus, for example, can remain on surfaces in a home for up to Coughing48 hours increasing the risk of germ transmission.

The term convalescence is used to describe the period of recovery after an illness or injury. SO- even when you’re feeling better after a particular illness, your body is still recovering and vulnerable to new illness.

Try controlling the spread of germs and illness in your home with the following tips:

1. Linens-
Wash all bedding and throw blankets on the warmest temperature tolerable- preferably hot. Lightly spray the top and all sides of your mattress with an antibacterial or disinfectant spray and allow it to air out for several hours. (Using a double set of fitted sheets and pillowcases during illness can help to prevent body fluids from contaminating your mattress and pillows).
2. Surfaces-
Use an antibacterial spray, wipes, or disinfectant on shared and frequently touched places including door knobs, toilet handles, light switches, remote controls, cell phones, computer keyboards, pens, notepads, steering wheels, and gear shifts.
3. Trash can-
Use a trash bag or liner in your trash can for all those germ-filled tissues! Replace the bag and disinfect the surface frequently.
4. Toothbrush-
Boil the patient’s toothbrush for at least 10 minutes or just replace it.
5. The Air-
Ensure everyone in your household is exposed to the cleanest air possible by opening your windows for a few minutes each day and replacing your air filter.
6. Children’s Items-
Clean and disinfect surfaces of high chairs, booster seats, changing tables, computer tablets, and all other contaminated toys. Stuffed animals can be wiped down with a wet cloth and placed in the dryer for a few minutes on the hot setting.
7. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face!-
It’s important to wash your hands often AND correctly, spending at least 20 seconds per wash. Avoid sharing and reusing hand towels. Use disposable paper towels for drying instead. When washing isn’t available, apply hand sanitizer.