Order and Cleanliness to Fight Illness
There is no better remedy to cure me of an illness than cleaning! Although that is not my line of business, I am a self-proclaimed eminence in this field. I don’t always clean joyfully, but I love the feeling when everything is squeaky clean and shiny! So, I have a few things to say about fighting back contagious illness at home.
I spent the whole day cleaning the other day. It was not an act of inspiration. All of us got sick at the same time. And when illness attacks everyone in my home, nothing gets me in cleaning mode like the desire to fight the virus and bacteria and eliminate the mess our collective condition throws in our lives. When every family member falls ill at once, the environment turns chaotic. Chaos is not conducive to healing.
To heal from any illness, we need to surround ourselves with order and cleanliness. For example, don’t we feel instantly better after a shower when sick?
Feng Shui teaches us that Ch’i, the vital energy, does not thrive in chaos and dirt. Therefore, from an energetic point of view, cleaning, disinfecting, and keeping the place in order makes sense. And also, the less clutter we have, the easier it is to clean.
I genuinely hope flu and COVID do not get any of you this season, but it would be good to remember these things when illness attacks you or your loved ones.
Determining a specific day when illness will leave your household helps this process. I recommend this day be after 24 hrs. of following the prescribed treatment, whether it is antibiotics or any remedy you might follow. Usually, it is best to establish this date after any fever is gone. Powerful energy comes from “deciding this illness ends today.” After all, we are energy, and our thoughts determine our reality.
On this particular day, I was determined to end the absurd week we had spent being sick. I kept visualizing the virus and bacteria, desperately trying to jump out the windows. Sounds ridiculous? Try using this image the next time you are going through this process. It works wonders in terms of how you feel. It will give you the energy to eliminate the bug that sickens you and your loved ones.
Here are some tips when declaring war against illness in the household.
- Open windows if you can. Invite fresh air into your home. It is my practice to eliminate the screens from windows. Windows look cleaner, more light comes into your home, and if you decide to open the windows, you won’t get the dust and dead bugs accumulated on those screens in the house. I prefer a few insects flying into my home than all those dead ones mixed with crusty dust.
- Diffuse a mixture of essential oils that can purify your environment and help you heal. I only thought essential oils were beneficial and effective once I learned about Young Living Essential Oils. You should check that.
- It’s an excellent time to clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Toss anything expired, growing mold, anything you don’t recognize, or you don’t know when or how it got there. Pay special attention to decaying produce. Sorry, it does not matter if you bought it.
- What do you do with all those medicine cups? So many people keep those little cups in their cupboards, sticky with cough syrup from the last person who used them! Aside from the tacky factor, doesn’t washing them with soap and water every time you use them make sense? I mean, we use them because we are sick, after all. So, prepare a bowl with soapy water and disinfectant agent if the whole family uses medicine cups “like there’s no tomorrow” (as my husband says! LOL). Then, have everyone place their cup there after each use. Then, rinse and dry the cups once a day and change the water in the bowl to repeat the process.
- Throw out the used kitchen sponge. Get a new one. Alternatively, place the sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes. That works!
- If you have dogs or cats, thoroughly clean/wash their bedding, particular spaces, and dishes. Make sure they are not sick. Our furry loved ones can often get the same bacteria or viruses we get.
Make your washing queue with all the things you can wash. Separate by whites and colors and by type of items: towels, sheets, bedding, and clothes. My advice is to treat the home as a flea or lice infestation. Wash everything! Wash in the hottest water available and include natural disinfectants like Thieves Essential Oil Blend or Thieves Household Cleaner. Include in your washing queue:
- Mattress and pillow covers (and if you do not use these, you better get some!)
- Blankets that you keep in the family room for when you are all cozy watching movies
- Furniture covers, if you use them to protect your couch from dogs or cats
- Towels, including washcloths and kitchen towels
- Sheets (all used)
- Stuffed animals kids sleep with
- Decorative pillows from beds and couches
- Clothes in hampers
- Dust and wipe all surfaces with some disinfectant of your choice. Pay special attention to door handles (especially the pantry door) and the fridge. Remember toilet handles and all water faucets. Lysol and bleach can do the job, but go the natural way with essential oils if you can. Again, you are trying to purify your habitat, not make it more toxic.
- Do your regular weekly cleaning as usual. Use a disinfecting agent if you don’t usually use one.
- Use new lip balms and lipsticks, if possible. Wipe or cut off their top portion if you can’t replace them. That might help.
- If using disposable contact lenses, throw out the ones in use and their case. Use a new pair.
- Change all toothbrushes. How many people forget to throw out their toothbrushes after being sick? Toothbrushes are Petri dishes of bacteria. Wash retainers and mouthguards with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and alcohol. Remember to disinfect their cases, too! Ah, also remember to change the heads of electric toothbrushes.
What Else You’ve Got?
Please don’t take me wrong. I’m not germophobic at all. Heaven knows my kids have excellent immune systems they have worked hard at building (if you know what I mean).
But I wanted to share with you all some things that came to mind while I was busy eradicating viruses and bacteria from my home recently.
You can add many more helpful tips to this list, depending on your experience, family, and how you live. The more, the merrier!
Nothing puts me in nesting mode, like having had a couple of days of family illness. But then, Mama Bear fights back with all she’s got.
What other ways do you use to fight back against family illness? Let’s hear about it!