House Cleaning Tips When Someone at Home Is Sick
If someone in your home is sick, he or she can leave behind cold and flu germs that remain on surfaces for days at a time. With these germs infecting everything, the cycle of illness becomes never-ending in your home. That is of course unless you get rid of the germs for good
How Germs Work
Generally, bacteria and viruses survive on surfaces and are spread from one person in your family to the next by skin contact. So anything that you touch regularly can be a potential threat. In fact, flu virus can actually survive for as long as 48 hours. While the frequency with which you need to disinfect each area or surface in your home depends largely on its size and how frequently you or your loved ones come into contact with it, cleaning regularly and effectively is important.
Most Important Things to Disinfect
While giving your home a good once over is important, while you or your loved one is still sick, you can effectively diminish the spread of illness by focusing on a few key items. If someone in your home has the cold or flow
make sure you regularly clean these items:
Your phone: Roughly 80 percent of phones in homes that have an infected individual have the virus on them.
The remote: One of the most touched items in your home, the remote is likely also the least cleaned so you’ll want to be sure to disinfect it during illness.
The bathroom: It’s common for nearly half of bathroom faucets to have cold and flu viruses on them. Be sure to disinfect the faucets as well as the sink and toilet, and make sure the sick individual uses his or her own hand towel.
Tables: Tables throughout your home are often touched without being wiped down, so make sure to pay close attention to these areas when you are sick.
Linens: Bed linens and any stuffed animals or should be washed after an illness. If the animal cannot be washed, keep it away from the family for a few days.
Whatever you are cleaning, it’s important to follow a few rules of thumb for keeping you and your family healthy.
Make sure your whole family washes their hands frequently with soap and water, scrubbing at least 20 seconds.
Wipe down all of the surfaces in your home with disinfectant wipes or a household disinfectant each day.
Be sure to cleanse the sick person’s utensils, bedding, clothing, and other belongings with detergent.
Wash sheets, towels, and other linens on hot because germs can live through cold and even warm wash cycles.
Avoid using sponges and rags to clean as they can spread germs. Instead use disinfecting wipes.
Clever Cleaning Products That Will Help You With That Fresh Start
The right tools can make getting—and keeping—your home in tip-top shape so much easier, so if you’re also in the mood for a fresh start but could use a little help, these cleaning gadgets have you covered. From dusters to robot mops, here’s everything you need to get your home totally spick and span.
Dusting breakables and other delicate items is suddenly a whole lot easier, thanks to the fine microfiber strands on this duster.
This $5 squeegee is so versatile—once you have it, you won’t know how you lived without it. Use it to clear food from dishes (saving water!) and clean your counters and sink.
One of the most annoying cleaning tasks is dusting your window blinds, but this handy gadget can clean 3 slats at a time. Plus, it comes with 4 microfiber sleeves you can easily change out.
Also up there on the list of annoying chores? Cleaning your ceiling fan. This clever duster is designed to make it so much simpler—no step stools or ladders required.
Affordable Gadgets For People Who Hate to Clean
Some people genuinely love to grab a sponge and scrub their house from top to bottom — and then, there are the rest of us. If cleaning isn’t on your “favorite things” list (welcome to the club), then keep reading — these are the must-have cleaning gadgets for anyone who hates to clean. From sonic brushes that make cleaning grout a breeze to a high-tech way to keep your phone free of germs, these easy-to-use gadgets will help make all the pesky upkeep your home requires way more bearable.
Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber
The oscillating head on this Rubbermaid scrub brush moves at 60 times per second — meaning it does all the scrubbing for you at a faster rate you can do it yourself. Use this handy gadget around faucets and the hard-to-reach places of your sink, stove or other fixtures, to deep-clean the grout that’s turned rusty, and even to spot clean golf clubs
Good Grips FurLifter Furniture Brush
This tool is like a lint brush with superpowers. If you have a pet who sheds, you will love this magical, self-cleaning FurLifter Brush that cleans fur off your sofas, chairs, rugs and bedding. It also works on hard-to-vacuum places like pet beds and curtains, and the base easily removes fur and makes it simple to store anywhere.
Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
Nobody likes to clean the microwave, but now it can be done in seven minutes flat. Just fill this angry little mama with water and vinegar and place in the microwave. The steam produced will loosen up all the gunk and grime — and afterwards, just wipe with a towel. No scrubbing required. You can even use lemon juice for a pleasant smell, and it has hundreds of five-star reviews. One reviewer wrote: “This gadget is a game changer! It takes out the funky odors that I never could get out from regular cleaning.”
Casabella Blinds Cleaner
This blinds cleaner makes a dreaded task much simpler. The dual-ended brush tackles every part of your windows: the microfiber fingers easily get the dust between your blinds, and they can be removed and thrown in the wash to be used again and again. The brush on the other side cleans the grooves at the base of your window, where grime always seems to linger.
How to Keep a Clean House
The secret to keeping a clean house is doing these simple tasks daily, so messes and clutter never get out of control. If you’re tired of spending Saturdays cleaning, only to find on Monday that your home looks like you did nothing, here’s help. From what you should tidy first thing in the morning, to a 2-minute task to do before bed, these tips to keep a clean house will have your place looking tidy all week.
Make Your Bed
As the most visible surface in the bedroom, an unmade bed makes the whole room look messy. If tucking in sheets isn’t your thing, switch to a duvet with a removable cover that you can launder each week — you have to pull it up and, boom, your bed’s tidy.
Empty the Dishwasher Every Morning
Emptying the dishwasher makes keeping a clean house easier because dirty dishes won’t have to sit in the sink or on your counters. If you’ve ever timed yourself doing this, you know it only takes 5 minutes. Do it while the coffee brews, or while you wait for the kids to get ready for school.
Clean Up Every Time You Cook
Dirty countertops attract household pests and make your kitchen look awful. Since you already emptied your dishwasher, you can quickly load dishes after meals or snacks and then wipe your counters. This task doesn’t involve moving everything. Put any food away, then spray and clean around the rest.
Do a Load of Laundry Daily
A daily laundry habit is life-changing. Pop a load in before heading to work. Or, if your washing machine has a delayed start cycle, set it to run right before you get home. Transfer damp clothes to the dryer after dinner, then fold them while during commercial breaks on TV. Putting away one load of laundry takes almost no time. Do it on your way to bed.
THINGS I DO EVERY DAY TO KEEP A CLEAN AND ORGANIZED HOME
MAKE THE BED
I don’t know about you, but I feel that when my bed is made I can at least make it through the day. I try to make my bed as soon as I get up.
Even if I get nothing else done during the day, making the bed is a simple way to help keep the room tidy. Plus a made bed is much more inviting to get into at the end of the day, at least I think so anyway!
I clean off the countertop by putting away all of my personal products. I wipe around the sink to remove any water rings, makeup, or loose hair. I quickly spray the shower down with a daily shower cleaner and use a squeegee to remove excess water. I also do a quick wipe of the floor too with an old bathroom towel.
ONE LOAD OF LAUNDRY WASHED, FOLDED, AND PUT AWAY
Laundry seems to multiply around here and if I let a day go by without doing at least one load of laundry, the clothing piles can quickly add up and seem unmanageable!
LOAD, RUN AND EMPTY THE DISHWASHER
As soon as breakfast, lunch, and dinner are over, I immediately clean the dishes and load the dishwasher. Most days I run the dishwasher after dinner, but there are some days when the dishwasher needs to be run and unloaded before dinner.