What to Clean When Kids Get Sick

What to Clean When Kids Get Sick

What to Clean When Kids Get Sick? When kids get sick, it’s important to clean and disinfect various surfaces and items to prevent the spread of illness.

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Here’s a checklist of what to clean:

  1. Bedding: Wash bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and stuffed animals, in hot water and dry them on high heat.
  2. Clothing: Launder clothes worn by the sick child, especially those contaminated with bodily fluids, using hot water and detergent.
  3. Toys: Disinfect toys that the sick child has been in contact with using a mild detergent or a disinfectant solution appropriate for the material. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
  4. Surfaces: Wipe down frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and tabletops with a disinfectant cleaner or a solution of bleach diluted in water.
  5. Electronic devices: Clean and disinfect electronic devices like tablets, phones, remote controls, and gaming controllers using disinfectant wipes or alcohol wipes.
  6. High-touch areas: Don’t forget to clean other high-touch areas such as stair rails, toilet handles, faucets, and cabinet handles.
  7. Bathroom: Disinfect the bathroom thoroughly, including the toilet, sink, and bathtub/shower surfaces.
  8. Personal hygiene items: Replace toothbrushes, washcloths, and towels used by the sick child to prevent the spread of germs.
  9. Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation by opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate throughout the house.
  10. Trash: Dispose of used tissues, wipes, and other disposable items in a lined trash can, and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
  11. Air purification: Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to help remove airborne germs and allergens from the indoor environment.

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