Covid-19 viscously descended upon my home in March, and all seven members of my household contracted it. Read more about the ordeal here. It was an unseen enemy that kept spreading, and I felt defenseless at protecting my family from it. One by one we all became ill, and after my husband and I spent a week in the hospital, I was determined to eradicate that germ from my home so no one else would contract it. I armed myself and attacked with the following products and technologies.
While I was still in the hospital, my brother-in-law changed out our HEPA filters and verified that they had a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating between 10 and 12. While Covid-19 mainly spreads through droplet transmission or direct contact, the virus can be airborne. Air filters help reduce airborne pollutants, including viruses, so this seemed like a great starting point.
I was immediately confronted with eight loads of laundry when I came home. In addition, my sister, who has become an avid Covid researcher, explained that I needed to wash my bedding every other day for two weeks, which added three more loads of laundry every other day. Laundry was the very first item that I focused my attention on because it required about the amount of energy I had to give. If I had a white load, it was washed with bleach. If I had lights or colors or towels, I added Lysol Laundry Sanitizer. While I handled laundry, I used gloves because Covid-19 is transmitted through droplets. The day after I returned home, two of my sons tested positive for Covid. Even at a month out, I am still following this routine – minus the gloves, and I don’t intend to change it.
Lysol Wipes and Four Thieves
I knew I needed to wipe down every room in my home, but I started with my bedroom because that is where I had self-isolated. I divided my bedroom into three zones and started clearing clutter and cleaning the surfaces with Four Thieves spray that I had made in late January (How to Make and Use the Legendary Four Thieves Vinegar Blend (theherbalacademy.com), and then I disinfected with Lysol wipes. I paid extra attention to heavily used tables, remotes, phones, doorknobs, and drawer pulls.
Once I conquered the surfaces, I focused my attention on unseen spaces and drawers. I removed the mattresses off my bed and vacuumed underneath it and wiped down all hidden baseboards. Even if you keep your house clean, I guarantee that if you haven’t looked at those spaces for a while, you need to. Next, I washed my curtains that had dust accumulation. It was then that I moved to my bathroom. Each day I wiped down my bathroom counters and surfaces. After each toilet use, I wiped down the toilet. After I conquered my bedroom, I went room by room until each room was reclaimed, but it was taking a lot longer than it normally would.
House Cleaning Specialists
Because my energy was low and my OCD had been triggered, I felt it was necessary to call for reinforcements. I had two house cleaners come and help me clean my home. Together we cleaned from floor to ceiling. It wasn’t necessarily that the house was that messy, but I was just that determined to rid my home of the germ. When that was done, I contacted a Micro-X1, who uses EPA-registered technology and non-toxic cleaning formulas, and I asked them professionally to disinfect our home. When they left, I mentally felt at ease for the first time in three weeks.
Four weeks have passed since I came home from the hospital. All members of my family are now negative for Covid and have antibodies present. I wish I could say that my OCD for cleaning has calmed down, but it hasn’t. I have continued what I describe as Spring Cleaning on Steroids, but I have decreased disinfecting surfaces to Mondays and Fridays.