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The one thing I really loved about living in Florida is that as a family, we were really never sick. It was a very rare event that anyone even came down with the sniffles, let alone suffered through the entirety of respiratory season. A lot of it has to do with me being home full time and us homeschooling as well but it’s also just not as bad down there in the Winter months when it comes to cold and flu season. This Winter has been downright brutal for us. We’ve been sick for about 4 months. It gets better for a couple weeks and then is back full force. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a lot we can do aside from try and prevent the germs and help symptoms. So today I’m sharing a few ways we combat respiratory season and a super simple tutorial for my favorite homemade antibacterial wipes.
Tip one: If you can avoid the breeding grounds, do it. I know this isn’t possible for most of us. Jake is an EMT so obviously, we just have to rely on being very careful about hand washing, mask wearing and trying to leave as many germs outside the house as possible. Take shoes off outside, keep antibacterial soap or wipes in your car etc. If you can avoid places like Chuck E. Cheese or your local children’s museum, you will probably cut your chances of contracting the worst of things in half.
Tip two: If you find yourself starting to feel under the weather, start treating yourself. I am all about home remedies. I love the Lemon Ginger variety hot tea from Bigelow and so do my kids. I will drink it first thing in the morning in place of my coffee and it will help soothe my throat and open up my sinuses. Plus, at the end of a long day it helps me feel better before going to bed. This is definitely the first thing I put into a care package for a friend who is sick as well! You can find it at Walmart in the tea section.
Tip three: Take time off. It’s really easy to just try and push through being sick. Especially if you are sick for long amounts of time like our family has been, it really is important to rest. There will be days where Piper and I will lay in bed the entire day watching Frozen on repeat because it gives me the opportunity to just be. Do what you have to do in order to heal. It’s important!
Tip four: This is more of a precaution but I love and swear by these wipes. The recipe is super easy and you can make them a couple of different ways. I prefer to do them this way though.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 cup dish soap
- paper towels
- air tight container
First things first, rip 15 sheets off of the paper towel roll, and cut them in half. Layer them into your air tight container. Mix your water, alcohol and soap together and pour over the towels. Voila. You have your very own anti-bacterial wipes. These are great for counters or doorknobs. Anything really. And they make your faucet really shiny as an added bonus! I like to keep mine in an old wipes container just for ease of access.
So, tell me below, do you fight sick season with Bigelow tea too? What’s your favorite flavor?