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9 Things to Clean When the Kids Get Sick

9 Things to Clean When the Kids Get Sick via Clean Mama

Sickness has been making its way through our house this week and while it seems pretty much impossible to stop, I thought I’d share a couple things that I do as soon as possible when someone gets sick in our house.  Call it the Clean Mama ‘My Kids Are Sick’ Cleaning Routine.

Full disclosure:  I am a little freaky when it comes to illness.  I was much worse when I was a teacher, going into full-on internal panic if someone looked a little green.  Being a mom has loosened my paranoia quite a bit, but I have a little routine that I put in effect when anyone comes down with something.  When I say come down with something I am NOT talking about the sniffles or a little cold, I am talking fever, stomach flu, viruses, etc.  I hope it goes without saying that  of course I take care of my children before doing the things on this list.  Usually I complete these when said sick child is sleeping or on the couch watching a movie.

  • Change hand towels.  Continue to change hand towels daily ( I do this as part of my routine, especially during cold and flu season) until everyone is better.
  • Remind kiddos about the importance of hand washing – 30 seconds, sing happy birthday, wash past the wrist, etc.  Practice what you preach and wash your hands frequently too.
  • Give kids a plastic bag (ages 4+ only for safety) for tissues – keep on the couch or wherever they are camped out so tissues aren’t strewn all over.
  • Clean all bathrooms – if you only have a couple minutes, wipe down the sink handles and toilets.  Here’s how I clean all my bathrooms in 15 minutes – a great method anytime, but especially effective when everyone comes down with something.  When everyone is well, do a thorough cleaning of the bathrooms.
  • I keep a plastic bucket in the garage and line it with a plastic bag for anyone that might not make it to the bathroom.  Use plastic liners in garbage bags to contain the germs a bit as well.
  • Use a cotton ball or cotton cosmetic cotton pad with rubbing alcohol and wipe any remotes/phones/video controls.
  • Use a sanitizing wipe or rubbing alcohol pad to wipe down switches and switch plates, door handles, and the refrigerator handle.
  • Wash bedding – I usually change pillow cases and leave the actual bedding until the sick child(ren) is/are better.  Don’t forget to wash pillows, comforters, quilts, and throw blankets on the couch too.
  • Soak toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly in water.  Replace toothbrushes when illness is over.

I’m always so thankful that I have a cleaning routine when something unexpected strikes – the house is tidy because I keep up with the daily tasks, so a couple days of not completing every task isn’t a big deal.  Don’t ever fret about not completing a task for the day: a) it’ll be there later, b) it’s just cleaning, c) you can catch up on Friday or next week.  And I’m always up for extra cuddles and snuggles from my babies.

Here’s a little idea for a sick kit – something simple to throw together and have on hand through the fall and winter.

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8 Ideas for Organizing the Pantry

8 Ideas for Organizing the Pantry via Clean Mama

This week's organizing task is the pantry, so I thought a simple round-up with some great organizing ideas would be in order.  Hopefully this round-up inspires you to work with the space you have to make it hardworking for your family and your needs.  Everyone loves a show-stopping pantry, but a pantry that is simply organized and useful is better in the long run in my book.  Have a pantry storage idea?   Share in the comments! Use … [Continue reading...]

The Right Way to Load a Dishwasher

The Right Way to Load a Dishwasher via Clean Mama

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Keep Food Storage Easy – Create Zones

Keep Food Storage Easy - Create Zones - Clean Mama

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FREE Live Positive Parenting Webinar : No Whining, No Yelling

Positive Parenting Webinar - no whining, no yelling

With school in full swing, and schedules and routines being tested to the max, I’m so excited to be able to bring you this resource.  I'm teaming up with parenting professional, Amy McCready to bring you a Positive Parenting Webinar.  Ready for some guidance and professional help – for FREE? Read on! You’ve counted to three more times than you can, well, count. Time out isn’t working anymore. Even rewarding and bribing with candy and toys … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Bathroom Sink

a simplified week

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8 Simple and Easy Fall Favorites

8 Simple and Easy Fall Favorites via Clean Mama

Fall is my favorite season - I love adding little touches to the home inside and out and doing fall-ish activities with the kids.  This round-up is my inspiration for this fall and a glimpse into our 'to do this season list'.  Each idea is simple, easy and inexpensive.  What will you add to your fall list? I love putting printables in a frame for easy, affordable and versatile art for the season. The gold lettering on this one from Nest of … [Continue reading...]

Shop Update : Half Size (A5) Printables

Shop Update - Streamlined and Everyday Lines Include Standard and Half Size Printables via Clean Mama

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Save Time : Put Together a Mini Cleaning Caddy for the Bathroom + Recipe for DIY Peppermint Glass + Mirror Cleaner

Put together a Mini Bathroom Cleaning Caddy (plus Recipe for DIY Peppermint Glass + Mirror Cleaner) via Clean Mama

Yesterday I shared 4 tips to organize under the bathroom sink - today I'm going to show you a couple essentials that I keep in the cleaning caddy under the bathroom sink. I find it really helpful to keep a mini cleaning caddy in our bathrooms, I find that having a couple quick cleaning supplies at the ready for any little mess or just routine cleaning is a real time saver.  If I'm supervising bath or shower time I take a couple minutes to spray … [Continue reading...]

4 Tips to Organize Under the Bathroom Sink

4 Tips to Organize Under the Bathroom Sink

This week’s organizing (and cleaning) task is the BATHROOM SINK.  (September’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here).  Take a couple minutes this week to organize your under the bathroom sink this week - if you have more than one bathroom, choose the most-used or most desperate for a little organization.  I have 4 quick tips to organize under the bathroom sink and keep it that way! CLEAN: Start by emptying out the space and wiping it … [Continue reading...]

8 Steps to Cleaning Your House in Under an Hour

8 Steps to Cleaning Your House In Under an Hour

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A Simplified Week : Refrigerator

a simplified week

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Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine

Clean Mama's Cleaning Routine - everyday a little something

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FREE DIY Cleaning Recipe List

Organize Your Cleaning FREE Printable - DIY Cleaning Recipe List via Clean Mama

I love making my own cleaning concoctions - I know exactly what is going on the counters, toilets, and other surfaces  in our home.  Yesterday I shared 8 great DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipes and today I thought it would be fun to share a free printable to jot down some favorite recipes to try or just to keep as a list.  Use it in your cleaning planner or your homekeeping planner – the next time you’re trying to remember how much vinegar and water … [Continue reading...]

8 DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipes (with Ingredients You Can Pronounce)

8 DIY Cleaning Recipes to Clean Your Kitchen via Clean Mama

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