See below tips to disinfect your home the right way after someone’s been sick so you can prevent someone else or your entire household from getting sick too:
Wash all beddings, towels, and linens.
Items like beddings, sheets, pillowcases, towels, and other linens need the most attention after someone’s been sick since they are the most likely to collect the germs and bacteria from the sick person. Stuffed toys and pajamas should also be included.
To protect yourself from getting sick too, wear rubber gloves as you handle these items. Wash them immediately on the hottest setting. But, never wash them with other clothing to prevent cross-contamination. Then, sanitize your washer and dryer.
Harness the power of direct sunshine.
Remember your grandparents during the olden days when there aren’t washers and dryers yet? They hung their laundry outside to dry, right? Even in this era of washers and dryers, harnessing the power of direct sunshine shouldn’t be looked down on.
Hanging beddings, towels, linens, pillows, smaller mattresses, and rugs out in the sun is a cheap yet great way to dry and disinfect fabrics. The UV from the sun can reduce the overall amount of bacteria and germs effectively and disinfect fabrics and laundry.
Replace all old air filters after being sick.
To prevent germs from recirculating inside your home after someone has been sick, clean and replace all your air filters or dispose of the old ones. By doing this, you’ll be assured that you and your family are breathing the freshest and cleanest air possible.
Disinfect or dispose of cleaning tools too.
The cleaning tools you used to clean and disinfect your home after an illness also needs to be cleaned and disinfected to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. However, plain water and usual cleaners won’t do the job. You need to use a disinfectant.
In using a commercial disinfectant, you just need to follow the instructions that come with it. However, if you want to make your own disinfectant, just mix two tablespoons of 6% bleach to four cups of water. Be sure to use your DIY solution the same day.
Some of the cleaning tools you need to clean and disinfect include cleaning brushes and cloths, sponges, vacuum filter bags, mops, and the like. You also need to wash all utensils and dishes used by the sick family member at high heat using the dishwasher.
Get a humidifier to ward off new illnesses.
When it comes to protecting your family’s health, getting a humidifier for your home is a great investment. Because germs usually spread and thrive in dry air conditions, maintaining an indoor humidity level of 45 to 50% is needed to stop the spread of germs.
Aside from its germ-curbing properties, a humidifier also encourages easier and more comfortable breathing by moisturizing the nasal, throat, and lung passages. By using a humidifier, the nasal airways remain moist and effective in warding off future illnesses.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Frequently wipe down frequently touched items like remote controls, door knobs, cabinet handles, light switches, phones, and faucets with a disinfectant to prevent further contamination. Do the same for other surfaces like coffee tables and kitchen countertops.
Leave no room for germs and viruses to breed in your home after an illness strikes. Follow the above tips to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for your entire household.