Effective Strategies for Disinfecting Your Home After a Bout of Illness

Effective Strategies for Disinfecting Your Home After a Bout of Illness

We all know that disinfecting your home after a bout of illness is crucial to prevent additional family members from being taken down and to help maintain a healthy living environment. And nothing like a pandemic to help everyone become more aware of germs, where they lurk, and how long they can stay. I can't walk into the house without washing my hands IMMEDIATELY these days - still working on driving that message home for my kids. But when there's a confirmed bug in the house, you've gotta step it up a notch. Here are some effective strategies for disinfecting your home (and I know these are pretty unattainable for most normal families but do what you can, right?):

  1. Focus on High-Touch Surfaces: Prioritize disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, faucets, remote controls, and electronic devices.

  2. Use Disinfectant Products: Choose disinfectants that are effective against a broad spectrum of germs. Follow the instructions on the product label for proper usage and safety precautions. Wipes and sprays are great for hard surfaces.

  3. Employ Proper Cleaning Techniques: Ensure you clean surfaces before disinfecting to remove any visible dirt and grime. Use disposable gloves and clean cloths, and avoid cross-contamination by using different cloths for different surfaces. Or just, like, different wipes for each surface. I love me a fresh wipe. 

  4. Ventilate the Space: Open windows to improve ventilation and allow fresh air to circulate, which can help reduce the concentration of airborne germs. This is harder in some climates in the winter but that's also when the germs are circulating the most so give it a few minutes at least!

  5. Wash Soft Surfaces: Wash linens, towels, and clothing with hot water and detergent, especially those that have been in direct contact with the sick person. Some washing machines even have a "Disinfect" option - try that if you've got it!

  6. Steam Clean Carpets and Upholstery: Use steam cleaners to sanitize carpets, rugs, and upholstery, as they can effectively kill germs and bacteria embedded in these soft surfaces. 

  7. Disinfect Children's Toys: Clean and disinfect toys regularly, especially after a child has been sick. Some toys can be cleaned with soap and water, while others may require specific disinfecting solutions or wipes.

  8. Practice Good Laundry Hygiene: Wash laundry, including bedding and clothing, using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry thoroughly. Clean and disinfect laundry hampers regularly. Yeah, who would even ever think of that? But a little Lysol spray should do the trick!

  9. Sanitize Personal Items: Disinfect personal items such as toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and other items that may have come into contact with the sick person. Or better yet, replace the toothbrushes altogether. 

  10. Establish Regular Cleaning Routine: Maintain a regular cleaning schedule to prevent the buildup of germs and bacteria, especially in areas prone to moisture and humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

By following these effective strategies, you can reduce the risk of spreading illness within your home and create a healthier environment for your family.

Featured image by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

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