Stomach bug season is upon us and if you have little ones you know that their tendency to touch literally EVERYTHING all but guarantees the dreaded tummy bug will run through your household. Here are some GAME-CHANGING products that will help prevent and kill the stomach bug, as well as make dealing with it infinitely easier.
Some people don’t know that not all cleaning products are created equal. While most household cleaning items are excellent at killing cold and flu bugs, not all of them are strong enough to clean the incredibly contagious norovirus (the virus that causes most stomach bugs). Some household cleaners that do are Lysol Disinfectant Spray (the aerosol version only) and good old Clorox bleach. To disinfect with Lysol, simply spray liberally to hard or soft surfaces and allow to dry for 20 minutes. If you use on toys, make sure to rinse them after the 20 minute period. To disinfect with Clorox, dilute with room temperature water and spray hard surfaces and allow to dry for 20 minutes. If you’re soaking toys, dishes, etc, allow them to soak for 20 minutes then rinse with water. The gold star winner of this trio is by far the Purell, which kills most viruses in less than 30 seconds and doesn’t need to be rinsed away.
While there is no replacement for washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice, this purse-friendly hand sanitizer is a pretty good replacement. This hospital grade hand sanitizer kills basically every major virus on contact. Be advised, it has a VERY strong alcohol scent.
3. Emesis Bags
I know a woman who once got sick in her car while pregnant and in traffic, without a bag (or basically anything to catch what was coming). She had to drive home the rest of the way essentially drenched in vomit and spent the next 2 weeks getting the smell out of her car. Just kidding, that woman was me. So I can’t speak highly enough of these handy barf bags that you can stick in your car, in your diaper bag, next to every bed, etc. in case someone feels sick and you need a receptacle. To quote Garth Algar, “…if you’re gonna spew, spew into this.”
This amazing laundry product disinfects your clothing (even in cold water), just add to your load (the bottle has instructions for your specific washer) and feel good that your clothes will come out truly clean. This is amazing for puke laundry but is also a great preventative when washing school clothes, jackets, etc.
I’m not really a homeopathic kinda gal but I am so adverse to vomit bugs that I’ll try pretty much anything, and these come highly recommended by moms I trust. Elderberry is excellent for immune support, probiotics help with immunity and gut health and activated charcoal is said to stop tummy bugs in their tracks by trapping the toxins in your system and flushing them out.
These hospital-grade wipes effectively kill norovirus in one fell swoop and are excellent for wiping surfaces that may have come into contact with the virus that you don’t feel comfortable bleaching (or as a bleach alternative altogether).
This powerful cleanser eliminates odors in fabric and in the air instantly. A must-have for anyone with kids (or pets) in the house.