Recently The Bug hit our house. Not just any bug, mind you, but the Roto bug.
I hear gasps from here. You must have experienced it, also. Yeah, no fun.
So, after the free-for-all vomiting and diarrhea let up (which took forever!), I was ready to burn about everything thing that didn’t move in our house to get rid of any lingering germs.
But since our budget isn’t prepared to replace all of our home’s goods, I had to come up with a better plan.
Thus my master list of detoxifying action plan was born.
I have come to learn in my journey as a homemaker that although I may have known at one time the actions I need to take to achieve my goal, once sleep deprivation, sickness, stress and multiple littles come into play, I quickly forget these actions.
So I have learned to make lists. Thus when energy strikes, I can use it to do the next action on my list, and not use this precious (and fleeting!) energy trying to remember what I need to do.
So here is my list. I have written it out here with explanations as to why I do each item. Feel free to print it off, just in case you have a wandering memory also. 🙂
Everyone usually has a preference, but to wipe off everything I fill a spray bottle filled with 1/3 vinegar, and 2/3 water and a squirt of lemon juice. I suggest paper towels so you can just throw the little boogers away.
-Basically anything slept on, worn, wiped off or covered up with during our illness gets a turn in the washer. Yeah, it is usually A TON of stuff.
-Let’s just say the obvious, after a big illness, the family bathroom is just gross. You gotta clean it. No pretty way to say it. Focus on the faucet handles, sink bowl, and surfaces. Don’t forget the toothbrush holders!
-While we are in the bathroom, throw out the toothbrushes. If you just bought new ones, soak them in hydrogen peroxide.
-Okay, after the bathroom, the kitchen is just a breeding ground for all of those germs that have just wrecked havoc in our bodies. Again, focus on the faucet handles, sink, and surfaces. Don’t forget the microwave and frig handles!
-Give the sponges a run through the dishwasher (good thing to do on a daily basis!) or replace them entirely.
Wipe off all door handles and light fixtures in the house.
-Even though we are constantly washing our hands, the things we consistently touch while sick still hide those germs for us.
Wipe off all heavily used items, such as the TV remote, game controls, computer keyboards, phones, etc.
-Ditto from above.
Wipe out all laundry baskets and trashcans.
-This has been a new one for me. I’m embarrassed I haven’t thought of this before. But it makes total sense that the place I throw all of our dirty clothes and tissues needs a good wipe.
Air out house
-And last but not least, open all of the windows and let in some fresh air. Did you know that the air pollution in our homes could be two to five times worse than the air pollution outside? How much more so after an illness! Open those windows and get breathing easier!
Do I always perfectly get everything done? Hardly. As the kiddos get bigger and can help with more of these chores I’m hopeful more items will be crossed off the list. But, more gets done than before I had the list, so I’m happy.
Do you have any “must do” cleaning items after a big family illness? Please share with us below!