Life with a chronic illness can just plain suck at times, so I am always on the lookout for things to make it easier and better. Below are my favorite tips and tricks for cleaning and for personal care.
If you want to know the easiest way to clean something, ask a chronically ill person with a touch of neat freak. Efficiency, in my opinion, is really just intelligent laziness. Some of my favorite products and tricks to make life easier are:
The Swiffer WetJet – There is no way I could maneuver a mop bucket full of water. I keep my Swiffer in my laundry room, and I pull it out and run it over my tile floors at least once per week. It is extremely light-weight, so it does not make my back hurt. And the cleaning solution gives my house a fresh scent. (Full disclosure – I currently have a back injury, and this is a little much for me. However, my kid can do it.)
I vacuum the kitchen instead of sweeping it. Whenever I find the energy to pull out the vacuum, I run it over my tile as well as the carpet. It is so much quicker. On the rare occasions I do sweep, I push all of it onto the carpet and get it up with the vacuum. This also prevents those annoying little leftovers that never get on the dustpan.
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are one of the best inventions ever. They now carry a generic version at most stores. These are great for nasty areas, like my white staircase. I can clean a pretty large and dirty area without any elbow grease (which I don’t have anyway).
Swiffer mop wipes and the floor/leg shuffle can clean up a messy area on the floor pretty quickly without too much effort.
Toilet drop-ins prevent having to clean toilets as often.
Lysol wipes for everything!
The washcloth foot dance in the bathtub every week or two will keep most of the visible dirt away. Do this after the bath and the tub will clean easily.
Organization with decorative boxes keeps down clutter which naturally makes everything look neater.
Favorite Personal Care Products
The best lotion I have found was recommended by the dermatologist at the NIH. Sarna Original (not sensitive) can be found in the first aid section of most drug stores. It contains menthol and camphor, and it relieves itching immediately. Personally, I love the smell of it, too. Oatmeal bath, Eucerin, and spearmint bath salts also help.
I have dry everything both from my illness and as a medication side effect. I’m a big fan of Chloraseptic Lozenges, eye gel and drops, citrus (for dry mouth), and my tear duct plugs. The one thing I struggle with is Restasis. I have a love/hate relationship with the stuff, because the “temporary burning sensation” is a little more than I can stand. I recently had a doctor tell me to keep it in the refrigerator, though, and that has helped quite a bit. Maybe I will learn to love it after all.
Netflix marathons are essential to my mental health. When I am really ill and cannot leave the house, it helps to have something to completely distract me from my reality. What did we do before we could watch six seasons of a show at once?
I am constantly looking for ways to make my life easier. What do you do? Tell me your best tips and tricks in the comments.