As a young adult cancer patient, I feel I have reached my quota of sickness. I don’t want more cancer, nor do I want my friends’ colds or their kids’ flus. Germs linger and it is easy to recycle colds within a household. If you, your roommate, your parents, your friends, or your kids have been sick, treat your dwelling like a New Jersey superfund clean up site.
1. Wash. Wash in hot water bed linens, towels, and the cozy throw you cuddle up with while watching TV.
2. Pillows. Launder pillows, or better yet, buy pillow protectors and launder them.
3. T-brushes. Crack out a round of new toothbrushes. (Purchase many at a time so you always have new ones on hand.)
4. Clothing. Wash scarves, jackets, or other clothing that comes in contact with your mouth or face.
5. Alcohol. Spray down knobs, remote controls, keyboards, counters, and cell phone with alcohol.
6. Pocket book. Cleanout and wipe down your purse or wallet.
7. Kleenex. Empty the mountain of Kleenex piling up in your trashcan.
8. Air. Open windows and crank a fan to get fresh air flowing. Live in a freezing climate? Air out while you are walking the dog, running to the store, or visiting your downstairs neighbors.
Do you have any other clean up tips to add to the list? Does it change your mental state to wipe away the physical grime? Do you ever avoid friends’ or family members’ homes because they don’t clean after colds?