Take a wild guess from the title of this post on what has been going on at my house this week. Did you say “stomach flu”? Bingo! It has not been a fun week for me dealing with the kids taking turns passing a stomach bug around. Luckily, my husband and I have been spared (so far).
I have a mental list of everything I need to do when I’m cleaning up after the stomach flu. I decided to put to it down on paper (or computer screen as the case may be) with the hope it could be helpful to others fighting the battle of the germs. Though some things on the list might seem obvious, others might be easy to overlook, and allow the virus germs to linger around your home. We don’t want that!
The Golden Rule: Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands! Your hands may end up raw and chapped, but it is extremely important to wash your hands anytime you touch any linens, surfaces, eating utensils, toys, clothing, etc., that have been soiled by illness. Hand washing works wonders to help prevent the spread of illness.
*Wash linens (in hot water). I wash them if they get soiled, and even if they don’t get soiled. Anyone who is sick gets freshly washed sheets pretty much every day until they get better.
*Sanitize the house every day, especially the bathrooms. Don’t leave out any surfaces. This means door knobs, light switches, telephones, remote controls, and computer keyboards. Oh, and don’t forget to disinfect children’s items like toys and highchairs.
*Toss out toothbrushes. Anytime anyone gets sick at my house, I get rid of their toothbrush. Mouths are germy enough even when we aren’t sick.
*Repeat above steps as needed.
I have spent tons of quality time with my washing machine and cleaning supplies this week, but as we all know, a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do. And when it comes to stomach flu, we have got to pull out all the stops.