We have never been big germ people. I mean, we spend most of our time on airplanes, had both kids on an airplane at 6 weeks and while we encourage hand washing and general cleanliness, I usually don’t sweat the small stuff. I mean, I got to a point with the Big Kid where I told him the only thing he couldn’t do was lick the airplane seats… until the day I caught him licking the airplane seats. OMGYOUARESOGROSS.
Things got a little more intense when I had the Peanut in the month of December, prime cold and flu season and so there was tons of hand sanitizer and wiping down of surfaces. We all survived, even though the small one got her first cold at TEN DAYS.
But through all of that, nothing could prepare me for the germ – infestation that is school. I mean MY GOD, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Lice, colds, strep, IMPETIGO (I’ll wait while you look that beauty up) it all comes home. And while again, they are big on hand-washing at both preschool and the elementary school, I still get the heebie jeebies every time they come home. Because even though these hands are attached to really cute kids?
Because THIS is what those little paws actually look like.
So yes, when they come home I get a little nervous about what exactly they are bringing in besides another art project. (I totally keep them all, don’t you? *eyeroll*) So we decided to do a little experiment. As soon as they walked in the door, every.single.thing they touched got a sticky note. And in the first five minutes, this is what we saw.
Yup folks, that was potential E.coli, strep, staph, the flu, the common cold and whatever else grossness those little petrie dishes brought home… all over my house.
*I’ll just stay down here… I don’t think they touched the floor with their hands yet… only their shoes OMG*
Luckily, there are many ways to beat back the grossness.
- Wash hands when you come home from school! Or at least disinfect in the car-ride back.
- Sneeze into the Birdie Wing! (We make a BIG thing about this one)
- Do NOT touch your face/nose/mouth. Hands in mouth? *faints again*
My mother raised me as a bleach girl. As in, when in doubt…
BLEACH IT TILL IT DIES.
More specifically, Clorox it. Because that stuff will OWN those nasty little bugs and germs and viruses and god-knows-what-else they are bringing home. So I wipe everything down, from remotes to door knobs to counters to toilets. I spray with Clean-Up, I bleach sheets and white towels, scrub toilets and scrub all surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
DIE GERMS DIE.
Because I adore this child… but someone has started trying to wipe her own bottom.
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