Housekeeping and Disinfecting
Keeping up with your household chores is always a challenge. It can be even harder when you are not feeling well. If possible, don’t do household chores if you don’t feel well. It is better to rest if you are tired or not feeling well, as this will help your body recover from chemotherapy. If you do want to do housekeeping, there are a couple of easy tips you can follow to keep your house clean and lower your chance of picking up germs.
You can use disinfectants, such as sprays and wipes, to kill germs on the following places:
- Kitchen counter tops and floors, especially before and after food preparation
- Refrigerator door handles
- Door knobs and handles
- Bathroom counter tops and floors
Helpful Web Sites and References
American Cancer Society. (2003). Patient guidelines to help prevent fever and infections. Retrieved November 18, 2009, from http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_2_1x_Patient_Guidelines_to...
National Cancer Institute. (2008). Managing chemotherapy side effects. Retrieved May 3, 2011, from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/chemo-side-effects/infection
Schlesinger, A., Paul, M., Gafter-Guili, A., Rubinovitch, B., & Leibovici, L. (2009). Infection control interventions for cancer patients after chemotherapy: A systematic review and metaanalysis. Lancet Infectious Disease, 10(2), 9, 97–107.
Kagan, L. J., Aiello, A. E., & Larson, E. (2002, August). The role of the home environment in the transmission of infectious diseases. Journal of Community Health, 27(4), 247–267.