We are one week into a stomach bug at our house — both of our “big” kids (ages 6 and 3) have it. They have brought home a new illness from preschool or kindergarten every week since we had our new baby. This has been an intense few days of parenting, with no breaks. I’m feeding a baby as I type, am still wearing yesterday’s clothes, am not sure when I’ll get to shower or eat, and need to try to get a sick preschooler eating and drinking as soon as the baby finishes nursing and settles in his bassinet. Parenting sick kids requires some sacrifice and a good sense of humor! On the plus side, my husband and I have avoided catching most of our children’s illnesses, and I think using Norwex has something to do with that.
This has been an exceptionally trying week, but on the plus side, I can share how our family has used Norwex while coping with a stomach bug. First, I can attest to good results from the new formula of Norwex’s Ultra Power Plus (the laundry detergent) for washing both regular laundry and items “attacked” by this stomach bug and a 3-year-old’s pee accidents. We’ve only needed 1-2 teaspoons of UPP per load in our HE washing machine and we’re getting excellent results despite some “challenging” laundry. After an exceptionally messy week I can say with confidence that the new detergent can handle a lot, even when you use tiny amounts of it in an HE washing machine.
I’ve also been grateful to have several other Norwex products on hand as we tackle this stomach bug:
- The netted Dish Cloth is awesome — I don’t have to worry about a kitchen sponge passing this virus on, because we’ve replaced our kitchen sponge with Norwex’s Dish Cloth, which goes in our dishwasher to get sanitized. Hooray for not having a germy sponge to deal with! We have the white dish cloth, but it also comes in blue. It’s a durable cloth — we’ve had ours for nine months and it’s still going strong.
- The Enviro Cloths found in each bathroom, in our kitchen, and our extra one for the living room and toys have been essential. I’m wiping down surfaces and trying hard to keep the kids’ germs from spreading to us adults.
- We have been using the Ergonomic Toilet Brush alllll the time. I love that it hangs in such a way so that the brush dries instead of sitting in germy water. Every bit of cleanliness seems helpful when your family is this sick! Full disclosure: While we normally avoid bleach for environmental reasons, we do use it in our toilets when we have a bad stomach bug hit the house. That’s the one time that I feel it is necessary.
- The Bathroom Scrub Mitt makes cleaning the tub so simple — It’s super easy to wipe down our shower stall to keep it clean and lessen the chance that my husband and I will catch the kids’ illness.
- The Superior Mop lets me clean the floor without a bucket or sink full of water, which helps a lot if I must multi-task. Only a mop like this can pick up everything from surfaces and allow me to mop in stages (so I can stop mopping to take care of a sick child, feed the baby, clean up an accident, etc., and then easily resume mopping as if there had been no interruption!)
- Body Cloths are awesome for cleaning our baby and bigger kids. I’ve been grabbing these handy cloths to clean our kids hands, faces, and other parts throughout the day. It’s a lifesaver to have a bunch of them on hand. Can I say how glad I am to know that these have silver in them to ward off the growth of mold, mildew and bacterial odor? We have enough grossness in our house — thank heavens the Body Cloths won’t contribute to the growth of germs. We usually use the regular, adult size cloths with our big kids, but the baby size has been perfect for quick clean-ups this week.
I’m questioning my ability to do anything beyond parenting right now, when our kids are so sick, but I know that this, too, shall pass. I’m grateful to have a wonderful husband to get through this with, and am thankful to still have a sense of humor one week into this. I hope you are all keeping well. Spring can’t come soon enough, right?