Being sick is the worst! No matter if it’s a cold or flu or a dreaded stomach bug – it’s the pits.

Whether you are sick or someone in your home, you want to avoid others getting sick, and that means you need to get rid of all of the germs and viruses that might be hanging around. 

But what things should you be concerned about? Here’s a list of common things that you’ll want to clean after being sick!

Wash All of Your Bedding

You probably spent considerable time in bed while sick. After all, getting some good rest is important for your recovery. Now that you’re better, it’s time to strip the bed down to the mattress and run them through the wash. If your bedding will allow it, use hot water to kill all of the germs.

Wash Your Towels

Hopefully, you were able to take a shower while ill, and now it’s time to get those towels in the laundry. Just like your bedding, wash them in hot water to eliminate the germs.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

While you may not have put on makeup while you were sick with a cold or flu, if you’ve been diagnosed with pink eye or another infection, you’ll want to clean your makeup brushes. Clean your brushes with an antimicrobial soap and allow them to dry. (If they are inexpensive brushes, you might consider throwing them away.)

Get a New Toothbrush or Clean Yours

You can pick up a new toothbrush, but if you don’t want to do that – there is an easy solution to disinfect your brush. All you need to do is swirl the bristles in antibacterial mouthwash for 30 seconds.

If everyone in the house has been sick, you might want to consider changing the air filter in your HVAC system.

Change Your Air Filter

If everyone in the house has been sick, you might want to consider changing the air filter in your HVAC system.

Wipe Down Your Car

Yes, grab those antimicrobial wipes and head out to your car. Be sure to give all of the high-touch surfaces a quick wipe down (such as the steering wheel, door handles, radio knobs, and seat belt clip).

Wash Your Kitchen Sponge

Your sponge does a lot of the dirty work in your home, so it might need a little TLC after you’ve been sick to get rid of the germs. Good Housekeeping recommends Mmixing 3/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water and soaking your sponge for five minutes, then rinse – and that’s it.

Wipe Down Your Phone and TV Remote

Were you texting and watching television while sick? Then these two high-touch objects will need to be cleaned. Antimicrobial wipes are usually safe to use on phones and remotes, but you should check with your manufacturer if in doubt.

Clean Your Computer Keyboard

With all of their cracks and crevices, it’s a good idea to give your computer keyboard the once-over after being ill. A disinfectant wipe should work just fine – but make sure the wipe is not overly damp before cleaning to avoid damage.

Wash Kids’ Stuffed Animals

If you have children who were sick, they probably had a few stuffed animals with them for comfort. Scoop up those stuffed animals and if they are machine-washable, throw them in the washer and dryer for a quick clean. If you don’t think they can handle the washing machine, put them in the dryer on high heat to kill the germs.

Of course, the rest of your home needs a good cleaning, too. Mini Maid can do a thorough cleaning to help rid your home of germs. We use cleaning products that are recommended by the CDC, and we always sanitize high-touch surfaces in your home every time we visit.
You can call us anytime to get a quote for our services or use our online quote form.

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