I wish I could take the credit for this great list, but my dear friend Michelle, one of the many loving regulars on the MRSA forum, is the rightful author. This is a compilation of things we are asked and talk about all the time in regards to keeping your house clean while you are dealing with MRSA. You can read Michelle’s story here.
1. Dust the home daily. if not daily then no less than every other day. dust carries dead skin cells and in turn these dead skin cells carry MRSA. the things that make ya go hmmmmm. lol
2. Wash EVERYTHING in ALL hot water. yes, even your darks unfortunately. then dry EVERYTHING to get that extra heat to kill the germs the wash didnt get.
3. Bleach EVERYTHING! this goes for the darks as well here. they have a color safe bleach now and works great.
4. Bedding needs to be washed and or at least changed everyday when having an outbreak. at least 2 times a week when not having an outbreak. its important.
5. DO NOT share razors, clothes, towels, wash cloths, drinks, food and so on. anything you can share, just not a good idea at all.
Read the rest of Michelle’s tips after the jump!
6. Throw away that bar soap. Alot of people think, hey its soap, its clean. NO. germs stay on that bar. body soap. our ID doc said to find the most mild soap out there. i have found that lever 2000 in the body soap leaves your skin soft and fresh.
7. Clean with bleach where ever and whenever you can. From the floors to the walls.
8. Use lysol like its going out of style. spray down the phone, light switches, the key board and mouse, fridge doors handle, door knobs, furniture, toilet, remotes, and so on. this needs to be done daily.
9. Buy some antibactirial wipes and clean off the toilet and toilet handle after EACH use. they also should be used on shopping cart handles public toilets and anything else you can think of. i put some in a little sandwhich bag and keep them in my purse. im not going to be the cause of someone else to suffer with this.
10. Wash the person who is infected, their clothes towels and wash cloths seperate from others in the home. it might be a good idea for them to have their own set of towels and wash cloths.
11. Keep the sores covered at ALL times.
12. While a person is broken out it might be a good idea to designate one seat in the livingroom just for them. sharing that seat or part of the couch might be asking for problems. when the are done using it spray it with that handy dandy lysol, or cover their seating area with a sheet.
13. Spray the shower with bleach and let it sit for about 15 minutes before you clean it. this needs to be done after each shower even when not broken out. also in this area, NO MORE BATHS. i know. thats horrible to say. i love my baths as well. but i havent taken one since this all began for me. i shower all the time. my youngest daughter was scared of the shower until i taught her that it was best and for the right reasons.
14. Take hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE. put it in the kids book bags and in your purse even in hubbys breif case. use it when you sneeze or cough if you cant get to a sink to wash. sneezing or coughing is a smooth ride out for MRSA. MRSA is also air born as well so make sure you cover when sneezing and coughing and its important to teach the little ones this as well.
15. Eat healthy. take vitamins if you can. it depends on the meds you are on if you can take vitamins or not. make sure to ask the doctor. with us not being on any meds at this point we take them daily. my kids like the new gum ball ones. lol. but MRSA breaks down the immune system and keeping healthy is needed.
16. Get LOTS of rest. easier said than done i know. but if you think and feel you need a nap and have a chance to, do it. forget about the mess in the kitchen it will be there when you wake up. people with MRSA get tired very easily and we need extra rest. dont feel guilty for doing it.
17. Another i have just been told is carpets. yes carpets. we walk over them everyday. kids lay on them so much. they are around us at all times. shampoo them. im not saying do this everyday. lol. none of us would do anything else if we had to do that too. but take the time maybe 2 times a month and get them cleaned. i rent one but am going to buy one as soon as i can. mine are going to be cleaned this weekend. lol. i had to add that in there this time.
18. Dont share or use roll-on deodorant, it could pass from one arm to the next if you happen to have MRSA boils in your arm-pits. Spray deodorant is a must. You dont want to share with another either.
Remember, MRSA is all over the place. we dont want to add to the mess so please be careful and thoughtful enough to others. dont shake a hand if you know your hands arent clean. dont go shopping and touch everything in site if your hands arent clean. PLEASE for those of you that have little ones that still in a shopping cart, dont let then chew on the handle. i cringe everytime i see that now. they have these things now that you put on the handle to protect your child from just that. also, remember this is HIGHLY contagious and people need to be educated. we are all fighting the same battle. lets make this better for others. i know we can if we just use our brains, hearts and our mouths.
Thanks Michelle – and thank you so much for all you do to help everyone at MRSA Resources – we love you dearly!