Slay Those Germs

I was sick a little over a week ago. It came on all of a sudden. Sore throat, fever, chills, and an ache all over.

Since long term company was on the way, I had no time to get sick. I did all I could to recover, doubling down on pain meds, antibiotics, and rest. But my real concern was afterward. My mother is elderly and I didn’t want her catching whatever I had. As soon as I was able, I swept through the house disinfecting everything.

I wiped down the areas I used most such as the kitchen counter tops, door handles, and my phone. We don’t realize how much we touch things throughout the day. Microwaves, stove knobs, toilet handles, anything with a control panel. If I’ve touched it, I sanitize it.

• For the phone, spritz some alcohol on a lint free cloth and wipe down well.

• For my counter tops (which are granite) and door handles, I wipe those down with alcohol too.

• Sanitize the fridge and stove if you used them.

• Wash bedding. I washed everything my germy hands had touched.

• Pick up tissues. I’m actually pretty good about tossing tissues as I use them, but just in case I missed, this is the time to make sure.

• Change out your toothbrush. I do this religiously after the flu. If you think it’s just allergies, soaking your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide is just as good.

Most cold viruses can’t live more than 24 hours outside of a host, so if you’re the one that’s sick, get your housemate to take on cleaning duties, lest he get smacked with the cold virus too.

I’ve been hearing on social media that a lot of my friends came down with some sort of crud last week. Hope all of you have recovered.








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  1. Angela Brown

    Good tips for sanitizing. Although the kiddo and I change out our toothbrushes regularly, you make a good point about sanitizing them as well after an illness.

  2. Stacy McKitrick

    So…you’re basically saying, leave the house for 24 hours and it’ll disinfect itself? 🙂
    Glad you’re feeling better. I’m still coughing, but then I tend to do that forever after a cold.

  3. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Light switches and remotes of any kind are the thing most people forget to wipe down most often after an illness, I think. Replacing the air filters in your house after a contagious illness can also help prevent a relapse or new transmission (disclaimer: my guy is an A/C tech, so we get our filters cheap.)

    My daughter is a flu magnet, which may be why I’m not. I’m the household sick people caregiver, so exposure may have boosted my immune system. Even when she came down with Swine flu, I didn’t get sick — but I still get the flu shot every year. 🙂

  4. Glad you are feeling better! You are right; not good to get/be sick when company is on their way. Sounds like you did a great job too disinfecting what needed to be disinfected, etc. Hubby was sick about 2 weeks back. Viral illness (he went to an urgent care). I guess it was going around the area pretty rampantly. He had been to Las Vegas for business the few days before; I think the smoke in the casino helped spur it on (he doesn’t gamble, but you can’t avoid the casinos, even if you try to, but have to walk through them to get to meeting rooms, restaurants, etc.)


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