9 Places To Clean After Being Sick: Post Cold & Flu Routine

It is very common for families to fall ill, all at once, especially if kids are in school or daycare daily. That’s why you should have a great routine of things to clean after being sick.

Having all of those germs in your home can make it very difficult for the illness to leave your family. There is a good chance that everyone can get sick all over again if the home is not cared for properly during and after the illness takes place.

I have a pretty strict routine for my family when it comes to illness, and I have to keep on top of it daily, sometimes it is for weeks at a time if the illness is spread out between family member and everyone gets ill one by one.

But since getting sick is inevitable, and if you live in a winter wonderland like me, you’re going to want to adopt some of these cleaning habits during the season of the flu.

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cleaning house while sick

Normally people clean their homes AFTER they’ve been sick, but did you know it’s a good idea to clean while you’re sick also?

Yeah I know, cleaning is the last thing on your mind, so if you have the help you can recruit, now is a great time.

I’m a mom, so I’m not allowed to lay around on the couch when I’m sick…there’s just too much to do! So I take my Tylenol cold and flu and get on with my day, even if it’s a little bit slower than usual. I try to do a quick five minute tidy of the area’s that I sit on. You know, put the trash in the trash, dishes into the sink and a quick Lysol wipe to the surfaces I touched.

It’s not a full-on clean. It’s just enough to try to keep the sick in my region to TRY to keep it from spreading.

Disinfecting Air After Being Sick

I love my essential oils and when I’m sick, my diffuser is a great friend. Running the diffuser with a great oil such as tea tree or eucalyptus helps clean the air around me. Tea tree is my favorite oil known well for antibacterial and antiviral properties.

However, tea tree and eucalyptus are not your only options. all of these oils listed here can be blended or used alone to help fight viruses, colds, and influenza. Use them alone, or any combination of these oils.

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Lemongrass
  • Geranium

9 Things To Clean After Being Sick


I like to leave the bedding alone until I see signs of illness fading away, however, I do focus on changing the pillowcases daily throughout the sickness.

Once the illness has gone away, don’t forget to wash the sheets, comforters, pillows, pillowcases and any throw blankets that were used.


during the illness, soak the toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes after each use and wash with water thoroughly. Once the illness is over, grab new toothbrushes for everyone! I’m convinced germs can jump from toothbrush to toothbrush if they are stored close together without a lid, so it’s best to be safe than sorry and just get all new brushes for everyone.


Wipe down (with Lysol) the sink handles, toilet, toilet handles, light switches, doorknobs, and electrical outlets daily during the illness. Don’t forget to do a big bathroom clean after being sick. For great tips on speed cleaning the bathroom, head over here.


Be sure to wipe down your remote controls, controls for gaming devices, games and consoles with Lysol wipes or rubbing alcohol at the end of each day they are used.


Be sure to wash plastic toys! Most can be put into the dishwasher. if you do not have a dishwasher, fill a sink with hot water and dawn and wash the toys in there. You can even give each one a good scrub. Be sure to dry them fully to prevent any bacteria growth as a result of moisture.

For stuffed animals, you can spray them down with a water and tea tree oil solution or put them into the delicate cycle of the washing machine. If you’ve dried stuffed animals before in your dryer then go ahead and dry it that way. Otherwise, hang stuffed animals to dry.

Common Areas

Be sure to give a good wipe to all light switches, door handles, Fridge handles and coffee tables with Lysol wipes or rubbing alcohol.

Bathroom And Kitchen Towels

Hand towels in the kitchen and bathroom are used daily by multiple people in the house. Be sure to change all the hand towels daily to try to prevent the spread of those nasty germs.


The couch is tough to disinfect, however, you can spray it down with a water and tea tree oil solution or give it a wipe with Lysol wipes or rubbing alcohol, making sure not to soak the couch. You can even do a deep steam clean of the couch if you feel like it needs it.


I do recommend disinfecting the air continuously while the family is ill. Use my above tips on using essential oils to help purify the air.

The BEST thing you can do is trying to avoid the illness altogether, and that is done by frequent hand washing for all family members. A good tip for handwashing is to wash hands for 30 seconds and remember to wash past the wrist area.

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