Emergency cleaning kit essentials 101
The dreaded Sick bug season is almost upon us. Kids seem to pick up everything, don’t they?! For this reason, I make sure I always have a fully stocked emergency cleaning kit essentials to hand.
It seems as though my kids 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 the living room floor. Understandably though, when it happens, it just happens.
However, as a parent, that initial heave and it feels as though you just entered the apocalypse.
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!
Knowing your enemy
Sick bugs and germs spread like wildfire and sometimes no matter how prepared you are slowly, but surely your whole family start 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 cleaning kit essentials to hand!
What is this emergency cleaning kit essentials I speak of?!
To build your kit, you will need:
- A bucket– A separate bucket designated for barf only!
- Gloves– I keep a 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. (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 – 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. Making sure to keep my emergency cleaning essentials kit fully stocked again once I’ve used it.
Dealing with the laundry.
Germs spread quickly and easily. To avoid infecting everybody else, follow these three simple but essential laundry tips when dealing with soiled fabrics.
- Wash dirty clothes and bedding separately.
- Be sure to remove any sick or poop from clothing before washing it, flush it down the toilet.
- Wash laundry at 60c or above 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 kids, the stuff of nightmares!
I have yet to be infected by any of these ill’s. Therefore, I am pretty confident having my emergency cleaning kit essentials to hand is working well.
I can sleep safely in the knowledge that the minute anybody turns a lovely shade of khaki green I am well equipped to deal with anything.
Do you have a system for combatting germs, are you as crazy as me?! I would love to know, let’s have a chat!