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Cleaning Up After a Sick Child

It was a lovely Saturday, or it would have been if I hadn’t woken up to a three year old throwing up on me. Poor little thing. Ivy spend the night last night and got sick in both of our beds. I don’t think my washer has run this much in one day since Hailey was little.

Cleaning up vomit is never fun but if you don’t get to it immediately it will stain. So if you have a sick kid, as soon as you get them cleaned up throw the bedding in the tub, especially if it’s the middle of the night. If you let it sit all night the stains won’t come out. Before you wash though you may need to pretreat the stains still.

After scrubbing the carpet make sure to use plenty of vinegar to get rid of the smell and once the carpet is dry sprinkle baking soda and let it sit a while before vacuuming to get rid of any leftover odor.

The worst thing about little ones getting sick is the number of stuffed animals they sleep with, you know they have to get in on the party too.

I threw all the stuffed animals in the washer and hoped for the best, as for the baby dolls, I had to wash their hair by hand.

I usually wash everything in cold water but after someone is sick I think hot water is best to kill any germs that may be lingering.

I spent the day scrubbing vomit, and once the vomiting stopped, the diarrhea started, I don’t even want to discuss how much cleaning there is to that. Let’s just say that some things were washed more than once in the hottest water possible and it may be a while before the smell of vinegar dissipates. But it’s eleven o’clock and she’s down for the night. Hopefully her tummy will let her sleep, otherwise there will be more cleaning in my future.