Emergency cleaning essentials 101
Urghhh! The dreaded unwell child. Sick bugs, dodgy food, childhood illness or just plain old overstuffed kids. For this reason, I make sure I always have a fully stocked emergency cleaning essentials kit to hand.
It seems as though children are vomiting left right and centre! Generally speaking, they are! Kids have no preference over your new lovely white fluffy rug, freshly washed bedding or all over the living room floor.
Understandably though, when it happens it just happens. However, as a parent, that initial heave and it feels as though the apocalypse has just begun.
My youngest son is just getting over a pretty nasty dose of tonsillitis accompanied by a high-grade fever and of course the obligatory vomiting stage of illness, meh.
Knowing your enemy.
Sick bugs and germs spread like wildfire and sometimes no matter how prepared you are slowly, but surely the whole family are dropping like flies.
Germs are microscopic organisms that can cause illness and infections if they get into our bodies.
The most common types are:
- Bacteria (e.g. Salmonella which can cause food poisoning)
- Viruses (e.g. Norovirus which causes sickness & diarrhoea)
- Fungi (e.g. Trichophyton which can cause athlete’s foot)
- Parasites (e.g. Giardia Intestinalis which can cause diarrhoea)
Fortunately, this time H was ill I was not caught out unprepared as I had my emergency essentials sicky kit to hand!!
Build your essentials kit
You will need:
- A bucket – A separate bucket designated for barf only!
- Gloves – I keep a box of latex or similar disposable gloves as opposed to standard rubber gloves which can be expensive and difficult to work in.
- Hand sanitizer – I use this on other areas of skin exposed to germs rather than my hands. Sanitizer will completely obliterate any bacteria good or bad leaving you open to infection if misused. Hand washing with soap and water should suffice if you are using protective gloves.
- Disposable cloths – You can buy generic shop brand relatively cheaply.
- Disposable antibacterial wipes – Essential for wiping toilet seats and door handles etc. (just remember not to flush them)
- Disinfectant – I keep a bottle of Zoflora in my kit. If fabrics are heavily soiled, I give them a good soak in it first before sticking them in the wash.
- Disinfectant spray – Dettol does an excellent disinfectant spray which kills 99.9% of bacteria & viruses on contact. I follow the germy subject around spraying this periodically!
- Bleach – To clean the bucket once it has fulfilled its purpose and is no longer required.
I clean as I go with military-style precision. Being sure to keep my emergency cleaning essentials kit is fully stocked again once used.
Dealing with the laundry.
Germs spread quickly and easily. To avoid infecting others, you can follow these three simple but essential laundry tips when dealing with soiled fabrics.
- Dirty clothes and bedding should be washed separately.
- Be sure to remove any sick or poop from clothing before washing it, flush it down the toilet.
- Laundry should be washed at 60c with a bleach-based product to kill viruses and bacteria effectively
Surviving the apocalypse.
We have had all manner of illness pass through this home at stage or another, things I didn’t even know existed until I had children, the stuff nightmares are made of!
However that said, I have yet to be subsequently infected by any of these ill’s. Therefore I am pretty confident my method is working well.
I can sleep safely in the knowledge that the minute anybody turns that lovely shade of khaki green I am well equipped to deal with any eventuality.
If you have small humans in the house you might also find this cold and flu survival guide useful (and probably a hazmat suit).
Do you have a system for combatting germs, are you as crazy as me?! I would love to know, pop a comment with your tips below.