Flu Season: It’s Not Over Yet

 

There’s no doubt that this flu season has been one more the books and, unfortunately, we mean that in
the worst possible way. News outlets are reporting that while this flu season may have finally peaked,
we’re not out the woods quite yet.

While there isn’t much you can do to avoid flu season altogether, you don’t have to be left with the
stains and odors that are inevitable when little ones get sick.

As a reminder, here are a few of our favorite tips for tackling the flu:

Tip 1: If you suspect the stomach flu is about to hit, leave a bucket near your kiddo’s bed.

Try this hack: Line the bottom of the bucket (and the ground around it!) with plastic grocery bags to
contain the mess. Don’t have a bucket you want to donate to the cause? Use a potty-training chair
instead!

Tip 2: If the flu comes hand-in- hand with the sniffles, keep an empty tissue box next to the full one for
your sick little one to throw their used ones into. This stops the trail of used tissues around the house.

Tip 3: Keep middle of the night flu clean-up to a minimum by layering your child’s bed with a mattress
pad or two. That way, if there’s a mess you can simply strip off the top layer of bedding and get them
back to sleep quickly.

Did someone miss the barf bucket? Don’t panic. Remove as much of the mess as you can and then cover
it with baking soda. This will help remove excess moisture and make it clump, which makes it easier to
clean. Once the vomit is removed, reach for an enzyme-based product like our Instant All-Purpose Stain
& Odor Remover to completely eliminate residual stain and smell.

Tip 4: Opt for dye-free acetaminophen and ibuprofen. That way you won’t be dealing with having to
remove dye from wherever the vomit occurs.

We hope that you won’t need to use these tips, but if you do, at least you’ll be prepared!