How To Clean Your Home After Being Sick

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Tips for cleaning house while sick so you can get back to normal faster.

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, even though it is certainly unpleasant to spend time cleaning house while sick.

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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.

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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 like this one is my favourite 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

What You Absolutely Must Clean When You Are Sick And After The Illness Leaves Your Home


Toothbrushes tend to hold onto germs for a long time, and since they are an item that is used multiple times a day, they tend to get extra yucky when we are sick.

During the illness, soak the toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes after each use and wash with water thoroughly so you don’t taste the peroxide when you brush your teeth next.

Once the illness is over, grab new toothbrushes for everyone, even those family members who aren’t sick! 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.

I like to shop toothbrushes in bulk like these so I always have lots on hand for my children (these are my favourite kid’s toothbrushes, they are awesome) and my husband and myself so the swap is super easy and no extra trip to the store is required. If you have an electric toothbrush, I’m sure it has some extra heads that it came with, so be sure to replace the head.

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Wipe down (with Lysol, vinegar or rubbing alcohol) 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 when everyone is feeling a lot better.

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If your family is like my family, when we are sick we spend a lot of time on electronics, and they get germy germy germy. So gross!

Be sure to wipe down your remote controls, controls for gaming devices like the box or the switch, the actual game cards or disks and consoles with Lysol wipes or rubbing alcohol at the end of each day they are used.


Be sure to wash plastic toys, and whatever plush toys that you can.

Most baby toys can be put into the dishwasher. If you do not have a dishwasher, fill a sink with hot water and dawn dish soap and wash the toys in there. Be sure to soak for a few minutes, then scrub each toy with a cloth or a scrub brush.

Be sure to dry them fully to prevent any bacteria growth as a result of moisture, you don’t want moldy toys.

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

All those areas in your home that multiple people touch on a daily basis…yes they get really gross on a regular basis, but even worse when you’ve been sick.

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Be sure to give a good wipe to all light switches, door handles, fridge handles and coffee tables with your favourite disinfectant.

Bathroom And Kitchen Towels

All towels that are out while your family has been ill need to be washed.

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.


It seems silly, but the air in your home gets pretty yucky when anyone has been sick.

I do recommend disinfecting the air continuously while the family is ill. Purify your air by using essential oils in your favourite diffuser. You can also use a cool-mist humidifier for helping clear the air. Don’t forget that opening windows can do a world of wonder in clearing the air in a room as well.


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.


You should wash your floors after you’ve been sick and wiped down all your counters and common surfaces, just to make sure you got all the germs!

Cleaning House While Sick

The BEST thing you can do is trying to avoid the illness altogether, and that is done by frequent hand washing and sanitizing 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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One thought on “How To Clean Your Home After Being Sick

  1. These are good tips, thank you for writing about these common cleaning mistakes people make when cleaning their homes. I definitely never really clean from top-down, I’ll try that.

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