I was excited to be picked to participate in Lysol’s Healthing Initiative – not for the compensation (although I won’t turn it down), but because illness and germs and ick truly hit home this winter.
I am not a germaphobe, not by a long shot. But, once my kids started going to
germ land school, I learned entirely new plays in the virus game book. The virus warfare got progressively more intimidating as I added children too.
When one kid gets sick it is only a matter of time until we’ve each gotten it. Not if, but when. And really? With three kids, plus myself, I simply cannot afford to be off of work long enough to tend to 4 people one after the other after the other. A cold that lasts 4 days per person takes me 16 days to get things back on track by the time it’s run its course through our family. That’s only one cold!
I’ve been lucky that my kids and I have been relatively healthy and have not had the repeated flu episodes, ear infections or colds like some of my friends. Then, in true karmic fashion, while I was patting myself on the back for having healthy kids and secretly feeling a little superior, the floor fell out of my aerie of holier-than-thou ness this flu season. All those years I’d had without vomit caught up to me.
Not once, not twice, but three times in a six week period I found myself in the not so enviable position of cleaning up puddles of vomit. Two kids didn’t make it to the bathroom on time and erupted all over. Seriously ALL over.
You can imagine that after I’d gotten the kids cleaned up and settled back in, my next worry was getting the mess cleaned up. Not just cleaned up, but the germs eradicated to prevent spreading whatever this foul illness was onto the rest of us.
After the Marines were called in, ok, it was more like a dustpan and towels (which were thrown away rather than risk contaminating other things by putting them into my washing machine), I used Lysol wipes to clean and disinfect the floor, the walls, the door knobs, the toilet, and, and, and…
Eeeeewwww. I truly would be fine never seeing vomit again for as long as I live. Seriously.
Lysol’s Healthing Initiative expands on my recent experience and asks us to consider changing our routine from cleaning to healthing. The difference? Killing germs and making your home a healthier, more germ free environment.
This includes using Lysol products (of course) because they kill 99% of germs and bacteria. It means encouraging hand washing, having your kids do age appropriate
cleaning healthing to help, like wipe down door knobs and light switches with germ killing wipes, etc.
It’s really things we should all be doing anyway, but may not even be thinking of the places that transmit these pesky cold and flu bugs in our cleaning routine. If we switch to a healthing routine and follow some of Lysol’s tips though, maybe we can win a few battles on the germ front and keep our kids in school and ourselves in work more this next cold and flu season.
If your kids go to school with my kids can I beg extra hard? Pretty please?
Lysol Healthing and YMCAs
To help spread the word about Healthing, LYSOL and television personality Giuliana Rancic have partnered together to visit YMCAs in select markets across the country to demonstrate Healthing in action. At each YMCA location, LYSOL will provide attendees with hands-on education about the products and steps required to practice improved hygiene habits in their own home, while making the idea fun and relatable to kids. LYSOL will also provide educational information and disinfecting products to the local YMCAs, along with the donation of a one-year membership to a deserving family.
Want to know more or take part in LYSOL’s Healthing Initiative? Go to:
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for LYSOL®. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.