So what about disinfecting after the stomach flu hits your home? It’s not something you really want to think about when everyone is feeling healthy, but you don’t want to get caught unawares. When flu season’s in full swing, you’ll want to be well armed with good tips and tricks on how to clean your home well enough to prevent the dreaded flu from returning. And also to prevent you from catching it, too.
Although we call it the stomach flu, its real name is gastroenteritis, and it is not the same virus as influenza. Influenza only targets the respiratory system, which includes your lungs, throat, and nose. Gastroenteritis goes for the intestinal tract, and its symptoms arise within one to three days after being infected. They range anywhere from mild to severe and include stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and possible muscle aches. Gastroenteritis can last from one to three days, but there are cases of it lasting much longer. When these symptoms occur, and especially if they persist, it’s always a good idea to see your doctor as soon as possible to ensure you don’t have something more serious like food poisoning. Various forms of food poisoning have similar symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps, but they are caused by parasites like giardia or bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli.
No matter what you want to call it, being sick is no fun, right? That’s why you want to guard your household against gastroenteritis as best you can. And since you’re the one doing all the cleaning, you will want to protect yourself first. How can you take care of others in the household if you’re sick too? Prevention is better than cure, that’s for sure. As the virus is airborne, you don’t want to breathe it in; therefore, you’ll need to purchase a package of disposable face masks. You’ll also need one pair of gloves, perhaps more. Disposables aren’t often recommended due to their environmental impact – but in the case of the stomach flu, it’s no holds barred. If there was ever a reason to use disposable gloves and masks, it is now. You don’t want to be stuck cleaning these items later, only to come down with the flu. These are just a few ideas to whet your appetite when it comes to disinfecting your home from the flu virus.
This helpful housecleaning advice comes from Erin over at the Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry website. If you want to learn the rest of these flu-cleaning hacks, you’ll want to stop by for a visit. Erin is also the creator of the $100 Room Challenge, where she encourages you to redecorate rooms in your home for only a hundred dollars or less. You can also find the 8 Week Cleaning Challenge, where she gives you specific tasks to perform, week by week until your entire home is squeaky clean. When you're done, you can just start over. If you’re looking for the best motivation to clean your home in 8 easy weeks, and possibly even keep it clean forever, this could be the challenge for you.*
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