When you’ve been cooped up in the house for several days with a nasty cold and you’re FINALLY feeling human again, there’s nothing better than giving your home a good cleaning to mentally and physically start fresh.
You may feel compelled to douse everything in bleach but hold it right there. Use of bleach has been linked to respiratory irritation (no one needs that, especially not your recovering body) and there are other options that will do the job safely. Instead, take these toxin-free precautionary steps to eliminate germs that have been spread around your house while you’ve been sneezing like a maniac. A clean home gives your body the best chance to recover quickly from illness.
- Wash your bedding. This first step is obvious. You’ve probably spent most of your time in bed, enjoying a Netflix binge and sipping tea. However, you’ve probably also been sweating, drooling, and struggling with congestion thus creating a hospitable environment for germs to live and thrive. Make sure to wash them on the hottest water setting to zap the bad guys.
- Wipe down frequently touched surfaces. Door knobs, light switches and cabinet handles can harbor germs so be sure to wipe them down regularly. Using a vinegar based spray like Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar is a great option that won’t irritate any respiratory conditions.
- Open the windows. If it’s cold outside, even 5 minutes with the windows open can help circulate fresh air and move out the stale, sickly air you’ve been moping around in. If you can leave them open longer, great. Fresh air can help you feel more focused and energetic.
- Wash all the things that touch your face – bath towels, hand towels, makeup brushes. Like your sheets, be sure to wash towels and rags on the hottest setting in the washing machine. To clean your makeup brushes, mix together the following ingredients in a large jar. Once mixed, soak brush bristles for 5-10 minutes then rinse with cool water, reshape, and let dry.
1 cup distilled water
½ cup witch hazel
2 teaspoons castile soap
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Sanitize your toothbrush. A contaminated toothbrush could reintroduce the bug that got you sick in the first place. Sanitize it by soaking the head in a solution of 1 cup of water and 8 drops of tea tree oil.
- Use your diffuser. If you’re still suffering from congestion, a blend of Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Lemon help open up your airways. If you’re on the mend, help clean the air with a blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, and Rosemary.
- Disinfect your sponge every day. When you’re cleaning up after yourself, don’t run the risk of spreading germs by using contaminated sponges. Run your sponge through the dishwasher each day until you are well.
- Don’t forget about your car. If you’ve had to get out of the house while under the weather, you may have transferred germs to the steering wheel and gearshift of your car. It’s best to give those a wipe down as well, just to play it safe.