Achoo! A couple of us down at the office aren’t feeling so well. I spent last week in bed fighting what I’m convinced was the plague, armed with only a stash of home remedies and a few boxes of tea.
Unless you’re one of the lucky ones that never seem to get sick, you’re bound to catch a cold sometime. Keeping your home clean spic and span is one of the most important ways to ward away disease, and a thorough cleaning once you’re feeling better can prevent illness from spreading to your loved ones.
Start with the air. If you don’t remember the last time you changed the AC filter in your home, you’re cheating yourself out of good health. Harmful airborne particles like smoke, bacteria, pet dander, mold and allergens can build up in your home with a dirty filter. A quality pleated filter will only run you about $20 for 90 days.
Take off your shoes. Your shoes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Millions of harmful microorganisms can be tracked across the floor- a major problem if you have kids that play on the floor. Take your shoes off at the door and politely ask guest to do the same.
Battle the bedding. If you’ve been sick, you likely spent a lot of time curled up in bed. Once you’re feeling better, Do Not Pass Go- wash you’re bedding (and any other laundry, for that matter) on the highest heat safe for your fabric.
Take out the trash. Germs can build up in all those tissues you’ve been accumulating. Little ones are often the culprit of forgetting to toss used tissues in the trash. Do a quick sweep and dispose of any trash that’s been neglected while you were sick.
Sanitize your toys. It’s common to disinfect your children’s toys, but what about your toys? Use an alcohol wipe or a vinegar-water solution to carefully wipe down cell phones, keyboards, remote controls and other gadgets you may have come in contact with while you were ill.
Tackle your toothbrush. Though it’s rare you’ll get the same illness twice, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give your toothbrush a 5-minute boil after you’ve been sick to cut down on germs. Always store your toothbrush in an upright position that will allow it to dry between uses and avoid keeping your brushes in closed containers like travel cases- the moist environment will encourage microorganism growth.
Clean the cleaners. Your collection of cleaning supplies get dirty too, especially tools that see a lot of water like sponges. Put your sponges in a bowl of water and them pop them into the microwave for two minutes to kill the bacteria inside of them. If your sponges have metal, run them through the dishwater. Rinse your mop in hot water and bleach (two gallons to one cup), then allow to dry.