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#1 of 8 Old 01-18-2005, 04:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My whole family is in the midst of Step and Flu - we've been pretty ill here.

Dh cleaned all the door knobs and counters with vinager, but I'm wondering what you wonderful mamma's suggest for cleaning the house - the couch we've all been laying on, the beds, the air?

Ds has had this 3x in the last month and I really think it's lurking in our house - any ideas or suggestions welcomed!
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When we were recovering from a really sick few months last winter, I washed walls and chairs and floors with a solution of 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar and some sweet orange essential oil. The vinegar kills stuff, removes odors and the orange lifts spirits and sweetens the air.

Then I used the Merlin's Magic recipe from Clean House, Clean Planet. Basically, a little Dr. Bronner's, a lot of distilled water and 20 drops of TTO. I used this for doorknobs and toilets and sinks and countertops.

And then we ate lots of garlic, drank lots of water and upped our Vitamin C. We also napped a lot and ate salty soup (with more garlic).

If you can, try to get out of the house a little, too. Or open a couple windows for a few minutes each day to recycle the air a bit.

Oh! And change the furnace filter, wipe down the floor and intake vents.
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If this continues to be a problem, you might have to resort to using products designed by the cleaning industry to kill germs (lysol, bleach, etc) mostly b/c you just really want this out of your house. Of course, 7th Gen just skipped my mind as well as bacout.

As a preventative, I make everyone wash their hands when they come in the door. It keeps the nasty stuff done during this volital season of shut up the house tight.

And then I wipe down stuff (like door knobs and faucets) with either just soap and water or vinager w water. Especially if stuff is going around, most of the time I'm not as dilegent about house cleaning as I should be.
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Another thing: Wash or replace your pillows.
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We had strep for over a month last year. My little guy was on antibiotics three times, and considering we never use antibiotics for ear infections and treat allmost everything naturally, this was a huge deal for us.

I ended up bleaching everything in the bathroom (and I HATE bleach). Most importantly the bath toys. Any toy that held water inside (like squirt toys) I through out. I also ran the toothbrushes and flosser handles through the dishwasher every night. Also if the toothpast tube touches the brush when you put the paste on, replace it.

After I did all this, the strep was gone.

Try the vinegar first.
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Thanks, I knew you mamma's would have some great suggestions

Right now, I'm so darn sick I can't clean anything. I've tried and I'm too out of breath, so hopefully in the next day or two.

I did was the bedding and will get new pillows later this week.

Dh replaced the filter and I did wipe the inside of the vents down with some Orange and vinager cleaner.

I like the idea of sweet orange oil with the vinager as I don't like the smell of vinagar.

The bathroom is a good place to REALLY clean, luckily, my kids are older and don't have bath toys.

I already replaced toothbrushes and will do so again in a few days - GREAT idea on the toothpaste! NEVER thought of that!!! I've got a fresh tube and will do that pronto!

Any ideas on the couch and mattresses? I just feel like they're petri dishes!
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Just thinking: for couch and matress you could concoct a spray - TTO, vinegar, water. I'm not sure how you would clean those with chemicals, even.

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Cleaning with peroxide is about as effective as cleaning with bleach, and it certainly smells better and is less harmful. I routinely use peroxide for cleaning bathrooms, doorknobs, the phone, etc. Replacing toothbrushes is another post illness practice here too.

Feel better!
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