You might be rejoicing after your child gets over a harsh cold or flu, but your job isn’t finished just yet. You’ll want to know how to clean your home after your kids were sick so they won’t get sick again, or someone else in your family won’t go ill. I’ve got the scoop.
How to Clean Your Home After Your Kids Were Sick
After any household illness, your home is likely filled with tons of germs and bacteria just waiting to infect someone else in your family. To make sure everyone stays healthy after your kids get better, follow these helpful tips to clean your home after your kids were sick.
Gather Your Supplies
You don’t need harsh chemicals or even bleach to clean your home after an illness. There are a variety of natural cleaning agents that have antibacterial properties that are great for cleaning your entire house. Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, boiling water, and rubbing alcohol can all kill bacteria and germs after your kids were sick. You can also add essential oils to your cleaning agents to strengthen their germ-killing abilities. Tea tree oil, grapefruit, and oregano all have germ-fighting properties.
Start Where They Touch
Your kids” hands are one of the ways they spread their germs throughout the house, so it is best to start by focusing your cleaning efforts on the places everyone touches in your home. Wipe down handrails, doorknobs, light switches, cabinet knobs, faucet handles, toilet flushing handles, backs of chairs, remote controls, and other handheld electronics.
Tackle Hard Hit Rooms after your kids were sick
Next, head to the rooms where your children spent most of their time during their sickness. If they laid in their bed while they were ill, tackle their bedrooms next. Wipe down hard surfaces, change the sheets, and vacuum the carpets. Then move to the bathroom to sanitize that room. Clean the countertops, toilets, shower or tub, and mop the floors with hot water.
Don’t forget to clean their tub toys too!
Sanitize Your Home
Run the dishwasher on the hottest cycle to wash away germs from your silverware and dishes. Gather up all sheets and towels that were used and wash them on the hottest setting with a little-added vinegar to sanitize them as well. Finally, soak everyone’s toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide to remove any lingering bacteria.
Deep Clean the Entire House
After you have spent time cleaning the hard-hit areas, spend some extra time deep cleaning the rest of your house. Scrub your kitchen counters and cabinet doors, disinfect the side tables and coffee table in your living room. And, consider steam cleaning the furniture for good measure.
After witing all these, it’s probably something you already know to do. I hope that you detox your house, so no one else gets sick.