Why It’s Important To Disinfect A House After Illness
Today’s post deals with an important subject: cleaning and disinfecting your house after illness, whether someone’s had the flu, a cold, COVID, or another illness. When I’ve been sick for a few days, nothing gives me a boost and helps me feel like things are getting back to normal than a clean house!
But cleaning your house after sickness isn’t just about the mental benefits — there are physical benefits too. During convalescence, or the recovery period after an illness or injury, our bodies are very vulnerable. It takes time for our immune systems to rest and recharge, so it’s important to eliminate germs that could spread the illness or lead to reinfection.
Below, you’ll find a list of simple precautionary steps you can take to disinfect your house and eliminate germs that built up around the house while you or a family member has been sick. Learning how to disinfect a house after illness can help the ill recover, the healthy stay that way, and get things back on track.
Read on to learn how to cleanse your house of sickness!
How To Clean Your House After Illness: 9 Simple Tips
1. Disinfect Surfaces And Items
It’s important to disinfect surfaces or items a sick person has been in contact with, like door knobs, light switches, TV remotes, etc. Most things around the house only need to be washed with soap and water to eliminate germs, but for items you can’t wash with soap and water, a disinfecting spray is the next best thing.
You can make an all-natural cleaning spray with antibacterial properties for this job. Vinegar can kill many harmful pathogens on its own, and the essential oils also pack an antimicrobial punch.
How To Make A Natural Disinfecting Spray
- 6 Tbsp (3 oz) water
- 2 Tbsp (1 oz) white vinegar
- 12 drops Simple Clean Essential Oil Blend
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix. Spray the surface liberally, then wipe. (Make sure the surface is still moist after you wipe it, like when you use a disinfecting wipe, to ensure that it effectively kill germs.)
2. Use Your Diffuser
Diffuse essential oils before, during, and after you’re sick. If you’re currently healthy and would like to stay that way, try diffusing Defend blend to fight germs and bacteria. If you’re already sick and experiencing respiratory issues, try diffusing All Clear to help open up your airways. And after you’ve been sick, diffuse Simple Clean to freshen up the air and keep germs at bay.
3. Double Up
(Technically, this tip is meant to be used during an illness, rather than after, but I’m including it anyway!) When you’re sick, you tend to sweat a lot, and it can seep into your mattress and pillows and lead to staining and odors.
An easy way to prevent this is to double up on fitted sheets and pillowcases when someone is sick. The extra layer will absorb excess sweat and keep it out of your pillows and mattress.
4. Wash Your Bedding
Once you see the light at the end of the tunnel of a cold or flu, it’s time to wash all that bedding. Throw it in your washer using hot water, and leave the bed uncovered for a few hours to dry out any moisture that may be lingering on the surface of your mattress.
(If the mattress smells a bit musty, check out my post about cleaning and freshening your mattress at the link below.)
Read More: How To Clean And Freshen Your Mattress
5. Get Some Fresh Air
If it’s not too cold, throw open your windows and let in some fresh air. The fresh air from outside will dilute the stale air inside, reducing the concentration of any airborne pathogens. (Fresh air can also help you feel more alert and energetic, which can help with your mood and energy level.)
6. Wash Your Towels
Grab all the towels that have been touched or used during the illness, including bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, etc., and throw them in your washer. Wash them on the hottest water setting, then be sure to wash any bathroom items that have touched your face, like makeup brushes and so on, with soap and water too.
7. Clean Your Toothbrush
It’s important to sanitize your toothbrush after being sick too! Combine 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 12 drops of Simple Clean, then soak your toothbrush for several minutes to kill any lingering bacteria.
8. Replace Your Air Filter
Replacing your furnace’s air filter after you’ve been sick is a simple and inexpensive measure that can help ensure that the air in your home is clean and healthy. Dispose of the old air filter so you can be sure those germs won’t be recirculating in your home.
9. Clean Or Dispose Of Cleaning Tools
When you’re finished with your post-sickness cleaning and disinfecting, remember to clean your cleaning tools or dispose of them. If you use a sponge or paper towels, be sure to throw them out afterward, and wash any cleaning cloths you’ve used in hot water.
Do you do anything else to clean or disinfect after being sick?