How to deep clean your home after an illness to help prevent re-infection.
How to clean the house after illness
It’s that time of year when the kids bring home all sorts of awful winter bugs from school and in a family home, it’s really easy for these bugs to spread throughout the family quickly. To try to prevent the spread during and after illness it’s important to do a deep clean to get rid of the bugs as quickly as possible to prevent re-infection.
Key areas to clean during illness.
Why washing hands during illness is important
Make sure everyone – especially the kids wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water, when they get home, after using the toilet and before eating. Get them into good habits as it will help prevent the spread of nasty bugs.
How to clean door handles, light switches and bannisters
These are areas people touch lots, I give these a quick wipe with antibacterial cleaner (I use Dettol antibacterial surface cleanser as it kills 99.9% germs) I try to do this a couple of times a day whilst the kids are ill.
Keeping toilets and bathrooms clean during illness
If it’s a stomach bug, then I clean and disinfect the toilet after each use. Paying particular attention to toilet flushers, toilet seats and taps. I also mop the floors with hot water and bleach twice a day.
Extra laundry sanitation
If you’ve got people at home with flu or stomach bugs it’s a good idea to put a laundry cleanser in with the washing, especially when washing towels, bedding and underwear. I use the Dettol laundry cleanser for this. I also make sure I wash towels regularly and at 60 degrees to help kill off bugs.
Key areas at home to clean after illness.
How to freshen the air at home
Get all the windows wide open and get fresh air flowing through the house. Keep them open a good few hours to really change the air. I do this during illness to – so rooms don’t get stuffy.
Cleaning door handles, light switches and bannisters
After illness I wipe down all of these areas again with antibacterial cleaner.
How to clean the toilets and bathrooms
I do a full top to bottom clean of toilets and bathrooms after illness, washing all towels and mats.
Laundry – what to wash after illness
I change all the beds and wash teddies, again I use laundry cleanser in the machine for this job. I also wash all towels, dressing gowns, pyjamas – and if the sick person has been lying on the sofa – I throw the cushion covers and throws in the wash too.
A few tips for the awful jobs that stink…
- Sick should be cleaned up immediately – if the sick is on hard floor – then wipe it up with paper towels, then clean the area with bleach and hot water – or disinfectant if the surface isn’t suitable for using bleach on. If it’s the carpet…. here’s how to remove sick from carpets.
- I remove any lingering sick smell from carpets by sprinkling on washing powder and leaving it over night then vacuuming it up the next day. You have to be sure the carpet is bone dry before you do this otherwise you’ll just get a white paste…
- Here’s how to clean mattress stains.
- Clean out all sick buckets properly with bleach and hot water – dry with paper towels and store away.
Disclaimer…. this post isn’t sponsored by Dettol. Dettol just happens to be the product I use when the kids are sick.