It’s flu season! Here are 5 areas you need to clean ASAP this season to avoid getting sick. Don’t wait. Start cleaning your home now!
My house is just now coming off of Flu-Season. Our place is an absolute disaster; there are balled-up tissues stuck in between the folds of the couches, medicine bottles spewed across the counter tops, and empty Gatorade bottles and soup cans covering the tables. It looks like the ultimate sick-bomb just exploded in every room of my house. Now that my roommate and I have bounced back from the flu, our house needs to bounce back too.
Crank up the tunes, put on some rubber gloves and grab your disinfectant; because you’re going to need it for this one! Here are 5 areas you need to clean ASAP:
You’ve spent the last few days in bed. Your germs, sweat, and nastiness have accumulated in your sheets, blankets, and pillows.
Gather all your bedding and even any clothing you wore while sick and toss them in the laundry. Wash them with hot water, but be sure not to ruin them using water that is too hot and you’ll also want to make sure not to overload your machine.
When it comes to pillows, make sure you read the washing directions. I once washed my nicest, fluffiest pillows using the wrong settings and completely destroyed them. It’s also important to make sure you are washing like-items together. This could take a few loads and some time, but it’s worth it to get rid of the sick gunk.
Your bathroom will need a good cleaning. Wash all the towels, wipe down the toilets and sinks, and don’t forget also to disinfect the light switches and doorknobs. Most forget to do this!
You might also want to consider tossing your toothbrush or any make up you used during your sick time. The last thing you want to do is use contaminated items in your mouth or around your eyes.
In case you didn’t know, Kelly Barber’s #1 pet peeve is having items on the floor. This could be a closet, entryway, bedroom…she does NOT like it! And it makes sense why. Think about it; how often do you pick up items off the floor and clean underneath them?
For example, my roommate has a couple of suitcases that she keeps on the floor of her closet. I highly doubt she moves the suitcases out of the closet while she is cleaning…she probably just cleans AROUND the suitcases. Pretty gross huh? Think about all the sick germs, dust, and particles accumulating underneath all that stuff!
Make sure you pick up all items on the floor of whatever room you are starting with and clean the floor with a mop, soap and water. This could also be a good opportunity to find another home for the items that accumulate on your floor; thus making future cleaning even easier.
Kitchen and Living Room
Odds are, you’ve been sitting on your couch binge-watching TV, or making some steamy soup in the kitchen. Think about all the items you’ve touched in both these living spaces; you’ve touched silverware, pillows, countertops, cups, end tables…the list goes on and on. Grab some Clorox wipes and get to work.
This also is a good opportunity to vacuum out your couch (because let’s be honest; who does this on a regular basis?) Make sure you dig out any crumbled tissues and toss any old bottles and medicine that has piled around your living space.
Also, make sure that you wash any plates or cooking wear that has accumulated around the sink. Doing a quick load of dishes is better than just assuming everything is clean. Wipe down salt and pepper shakers, cabinets, and anything you touched in the fridge (I.e leftover food containers, salad dressings, olives…whatever you’ve been eating!)
Think about the items in your house that you touch on a day-to-day basis. Now, think of how many OTHER people touch those items and how many times those people wash their hands…EW.
Wipe down all remote controls, iPads, cell phones. These items are germ-infested and could spark up your sickness again. Use a Clorox wipe to clean all these items you use daily.
We’re glad you are flu-free…now it’s up to you to make sure you stay that way! Make sure you start cleaning those 5 areas you need to clean ASAP.
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