The Cold and Flu Season – How to Clean Your Home When Someone Gets Sick

If someone in your home comes down with a sore throat, cold or flu, do you start disinfecting the entire house from top to bottom? While disinfecting should be part of your usual cleaning routine, whether or not anyone at home is sick, you do not have to go overboard. Before you start, please read the following cleaning hit list before you scrub down every item in your household and wear yourself out.

The Bathroom

Bathroom faucets tend to be the culprit for cold of flu germs to grow. Be sure to wipe down the faucets and sink if a family member is sick. Give the sick person their own hand towel to avoid spreading germs through a shared towel.

The Phone

The landline and your cell phone is a great place for the flu virus to survive on. Be sure to wipe them down with a disinfectant spray.

The Bed

Wash all bed sheets, blankets and pillowcases at high temperature and always wash your hands after handling them.

The Remote Control

You’ll be surprised but this is the most shared item in the house and an incredible place for cold and flu germs to sit. If your child sneezes into her hand and touches the remote, the germs can get on the remote. Wipe down the remote thoroughly.


Wipe down your computer carefully and follow the owner’s manual before you spray down your MacBook or PC. An alcohol wipe or a paper towel sprayed with disinfectant should do the trick.

Stuffed Animal Toys

Throw your child’s favourite toy in the wash to keep it clean. If it’s not washable, keep it away from everyone for a few days to let viruses on its surface die.

Dining Table, Coffee Table and Nightstands

These are all common areas for viruses to survive because they are often touched and aren’t wiped down enough

Focus on items that really matter: shared spaces and frequently touched surfaces. Also, encourage everyone in your home should wash their hands more often when someone is sick. Soap and water or hand sanitizers work well. Hopefully with these tips, you can cut down the number of days your household comes down with the sniffles.

– The Tidy Time Saver Team

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