This winter has been a doozie! For today’s #trashouttuesday I’m sharing 10 ways we fight germs and sickness in our home.
Background: Kylie came down with a croupy cough in the middle of the night last night and I went into operation-contain-the-germs. The last thing I want to do is head into the doctor’s office with all of the flu going around and catch something worse than her cough. I also don’t want anything spreading to the rest of our family. The following tips are actual things I spent my sick-day-at-home-taking-care-of-Kylie doing. She seems to be doing MUCH better today with all my remedies and no coughing tonight so far, YAYYY!!
#10 – open ALL the windows
On the NC winter days when the temps reach into the 60s (like today) it’s the perfect time to air out our home. Brian and I love to smell the fresh air. I do have to be careful to watch out for people cutting their grass when spring kicks into full gear. Yours truly is allergic to pollen and grass cutting through the windows makes for a miserable mama!
#9 – take off ALL the bedding (and stuffed animals and pillows, etc)
Whenever we have sickness break out in our home, I like to contain the sickly individual to one area, usually a couch covered with blankets. Meanwhile, I strip all the beds in our home of their sheets and pillows and blankets and stuffed animals. I wash whatever can be washed and for any other items, I throw them into my dryer on the sanitize setting. Let’s not mention that for the first 6 years of having my dryer I didn’t even realize it had a sanitize setting, HA!
#8 – steamy bath
Our on-call nurse recommended this tip when our babies were younger and dealt with croupy coughs in the middle of the night. Go into the bathroom and shut the door with the shower on full blast as hot as you can get it (you don’t actually get into the shower, just stand in the bathroom with the shower running). Let the steam surround you as you hold the baby and let it clear out their lungs. As our kids have gotten older, I put them in our bathtub with Epsom salts and essential oils while the shower runs full blast beside them. I also plug in my oil diffuser and let it run to help them breathe easier. Tonight I added RC oil and Tea Tree to Kylie’s bath, while diffusing RC beside her on the counter while the steam took over.
#7 – elderberry vitamins every day
We started taking elderberry vitamins a few months ago on a consistent basis and I can really tell that they are helping build our immunity.
Our kids take these vitamins from Zarbee’s (we order them on Amazon):
Brian and I take these for adults (also order on Amazon):
#6 – I take this hand sanitizer everywhere we go
Hand Sanitizer Spray in Blood Orange
It’s from Grove Collaborative and the smell is heavenly. Everyone wants to know what smells so good! Can you say that about your hand sanitizer??
#5 – essential oils
Our family has used essential oils for 5 years. We’ve always used Young Living and love it. Currently, we have a diffuser in every bedroom and one in our living room. I’ve been keeping these bad boys going non-stop for the past few weeks.
My favorite oils to diffuse currently:
Peppermint and Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus and Tea Tree
I also keep roller blends of oils available to rub on my kids each night before bed. My favorite is to rub a Thieves roller on the bottoms of their feet, at the top of their neck and on their wrists. They love getting oiled up before bed.
If you want to know more about oils, let me know! I don’t have time in this post to elaborate, but I’d be happy to share more 1:1 if you have questions.
#4 – spraying our house down
I keep a glass bottle filled with Thieves oil and water. Y’all. I spray it EVERYWHERE. This oil keeps the germs away and we love the smell in our house. I even spray it on my clothes.
#3 – veggies and fruits
I’m a firm believer that our health is directly impacted by what we eat. Our meals at home lately have been packed with carrots, peas, beans, and soups that are loaded with veggies. For dessert, we’ll share a huge bowl of blueberries and blackberries. These items are filled with germ-fighting power for our bodies. Bonus, our kids love them! Also, I’ve been adding in a little local honey to our meals or by the spoon if a kid starts feeling under the weather.
#2 – wash the jackets and everyday items
Jackets are items that get worn over and over before getting washed. Today I washed all of the kid’s jackets to make sure they aren’t picking germs back up first thing in the morning. Also, don’t forget to spray down the bookbags!
#1 – prayer
This is my number one tool. I’ve been praying over our health and protection against sickness. Poor Kylie has fought it more than anyone in our house with her tonsils over the past few years. Now that they are out, I’m believing she’ll be healthier going forward. I’m covering my house and my family in prayer this season – protection as they come and as they go – in the name of Jesus, AMEN!
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