After having spent several days coughing up your lungs and using an industrial quantity of tissues, the last thing you want is to relapse. This is even more true when we are just starting to feel better, without yet having gotten your energy levels back. For successful healing, don’t forget to give your home a good clean, in order to make sure your your living quarters are clean and healthy, and to avoid getting recontaminated (or contaminating the people you live with). A good clean will remove many of the microbes surrounding you after you’ve been coughing and putting your bacteria-filled hands all over the house. So where should you start? How do you make sure you don’t forget about something important? It’s easy, just follow this guide!
And in order to know how to avoid getting sick in the first place, cast an eye over this article, which should give you a few tips.
1) Look after your sheets
When you are sick, double up on your bed covers. We tend to sweat more when we are sick, due to fever. We certainly don’t want our mattress or pillow covered in sweat, so use two pillowcases per pillow and double up on your fitted sheets.
When you are feeling better, always change the sheets, Clean them on a more intense washing machine cycle than you usually use. Also leave the bed uncovered for a few hours in order for it to dry out properly. While you’re at it, you can also take the opportunity to clean the mattress, using a technique we’ve already given you.
2) Disinfect everything
It is important to disinfect anything you touch frequently: door handles, switches, telephones, remote controls (if you’ve survived the illness by sitting in front of Netflix!), etc. A little washing up liquid and hot water will help you clean most objects.
For electronics and other things that are trickier to clean, here is a recipe for an antibacterial spray: mix 240 mls of water with 120 mls of white vinegar and add 5 drops of lavender, tea tree and orange essential oils.
3) Air your home well
Especially when it’s cold outside, we can tend to keep the windows well closed. But when we are sick or in the recovery stage, it is important to let fresh air into the home. A blast of fresh air will do you good and help you feel more energised in order to recharge the batteries.
4) And for the bathroom…
Clean everything you’ve used: body and hand towels, face cloths, etc.
It is also important to wash anything that has touched your face. We are thinking in particular of makeup brushes and sponges that you may have used to make yourself look a little more alive.
5) Your toothbrush
Your toothbrush also merits a little wash after having been in contact with a microbe-filled mouth. All you need is to soak it in a bath of water to which you’ve added a few drops of tea tree oil to kill any remaining germs.
6) Keep using your diffuser
When you are sick, perhaps you already use essential oil mixes in your diffuser to boost your immune system (an example of a good mix is clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils) and to breathe easier (the best mix to try for your respiratory passages: peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon and clove essential oils).
We recommend that you continue with essential oil diffusions even when you start to feel better, with this mixture to purify the air and make it healthier: citronella, tea tree, coriander, lemon, lime, orange and white fir essential oils.
7) Don’t forget about the car
Microbes often come from outdoors. And everything we touch during the day also finds itself in the car, where we touch the steering wheel. Use the antibacterial spray we suggested above to give a quick wipe to the steering wheel and car doors. It’s quick and easy, and it could make all the difference.
8) Clean your cleaning utensils while and after you are sick
Don’t hesitate to pop your sponge into the dishwasher or the microwave, and rinse it well afterwards, in order to remove the bacteria that you can be sure have found themselves stuck to it.