Things to Clean After You’ve Been Sick

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When you or someone in your home gets sick, you want them to get healthy as soon as possible.  Once this happens you want to make sure you do a thorough job cleaning the home.  Even if the sick person successfully isolates in one area the germs could still be living on things they have touched.

 

Bathroom – This is often where the most germs are located in your home. Once the illness hits and throughout the illness, be sure to deep clean the bathroom, thoroughly disinfecting the toilet, all the faucet handles, and other hard surfaces.

 

Kitchen – Make sure all dishes are washed in very hot water or in the hottest setting on your dishwasher, and use the heated dry cycle. Wipe down refrigerator handles and all the electronic keypads on your appliances, and sanitize the counter tops and sinks.

 

All Door Knobs – Frequent washing of hands makes all the difference in helping to curb the spread of germs, but we all know that’s easier said than done. To be on the safe side, grab some disinfecting wipes and hit every door knob and handle in the house.

 

Bedding – When you’re sick, you spend a lot of time in bed. Those sheets, blankets, and comforters you’ve been lying on need to be disinfected as well.  So throw them in the washing machine and set it on a hot cycle. And if your mattress has been soiled, give it a good cleaning. Start by vacuuming, then 

 

Hard Surfaces – Hard surfaces in the home that are frequently touched need to be cleaned.  This includes light switches, stair railings, cabinet knobs and handles, and anything else you touch on a regular basis.

 

Remote Controls – Sometimes when you are sick all you want to do is lie down and watch the television.  Make sure you are wiping down those remote controls.

 

Phones – Almost everybody’s phone is the new media center.  Between video’s, Facebook, and surfing the internet (looking for that perfect home) They are also germ magnets. Make sure to wipe down.

 

Toys – This is HUGE! Make sure you are wiping down and sanitizing any hard or plastic toys. Disinfectant wipes work for larger items, but many little things like Lego bricks and other small plastic and rubber toys can be put in a mesh bag and run through the dishwasher in the top rack.

 

Toothbrushes – I believe this is another HUGE one!  Get rid of your toothbrush and get a new one!  Don’t forget to clean your toothbrush holder as well.