Unless you want to end up like me right now:


Sick Me & Not-So Sick, Very Cute Me..lol

You betta start thinking about what you should be cleaning as soon as your kids get sick.  I made the costly mistake of trying to make home remedies for the last two days while Lil’ Mack is home sick from school instead of Lysoling and bleaching my butt off.  Well that cost me my health because even though he got rid of the my lack of double up cleaning, he handed me the germ-filled towel, literally.  Plus, now little Phillip is getting sick too.

Here are 10 things I wish I would have cleaned in the last two days.


1. The dispenser on the hand wash

Sometimes we forget that even though hand wash is meant to keep hands clean we touch the top with dirty hands.  I thought I was doing good washing my hands every time I touched my sick baby, but it turns out I may have been leading myself to the sick bed. Try and spray this littler germ-spreader with Lysol from time to time.

2. Keyboards & Joysticks

We play games.  Whether we are sick or not, a few fights on Soul Calibur make us all feel better.  However, the joy sticks are also full of hand bacteria.  If you’ve got a cold you’re bound to be sneezing and wiping your nose while you’re playing the game.  Therefore, clean it please.

3. All Doorknobs

Everyone knows this one, nonetheless, its important to mention.

4. Use a new washcloth & towel everyday that you have a cold

When I say Lil’ Mack handed me the germ-filled towel, he literally did.  He blew his nose on it and handed it to me.  I don’t know if that’s what directly got me sick, but I’m willing to bet it played a part.  When little ones are sick they just blow their noses on whatever is available.  On top of that, they wash they’re faces and hands with these linens everyday so they may have gotten the germs from bacteria on their towel or wash rag.  So make sure you change these daily.

5. Peroxide on Your Toothbrush

I make it a habit to do this pretty much once a week, but its even more essential if you’re sick.  Ideally, once you’ve gotten rid of the cold, you should probably just do away with your current toothbrush all together.  But, in the meantime a 7-minute dip in peroxide won’t hurt either.

6. Change Out those Pillowcases and Sheets — ALL of them

Had I remembered I would have not only changed Mackell’s sheets and pillows, but I would have changed mines as well.  Kids like to lay with mom and dad when they are sick, so be sure to remember to change your sheets, pillow and blanket as well.

7.  Replace bags in rubbish baskets

Where do snotty tissues go?  They go in the nearest garbage can.  So make sure you change out any garbage can that could potentially be holding a snotty, germy tissue.

8.  Wash Ya’ Hand Mama & No Kissing the Sick Kids

It’s easy to say, but hard to remember.  Make sure your kids are doing a thorough job washing their hands if anyone in the house is sick, and stop it with the lovey, dovey for sickness sake.  When my boys aren’t feeling well all I want to do is snuggle with them, hug them and use their extra naps as an excuse to get some extra sleep.  However, being in close proximity more than you are forced to is a sure-fire recipe for mama sickness.

9. Light Switches & the Fridge Handle

Easy Peasy.  Do it while you’re Lysoling the door handles.

10.  As Always, Wash Those Dishes With Bleach

This is a mainstay in most Brown Mamas houses, but in case you’ve fallen off the black mom bandwagon, wash your dishes with Bleach all the time.  This ensures their will be no feeding-time spread of bacteria or viruses at your house.


Thanks for reading mamas.  I’ll let you know how it goes next time.

Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to BrownMamas.com a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

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