How do you clean for a cancer patient? This question came up recently at Castle Keepers House Cleaning and we were surprised by the lack of detailed advice on the web. Cleaning for a cancer patient is especially important because, since their immune system is suppressed due to the various medical procedures they are undergoing, infection control is the main objective. We should clean for health first and appearance second.
Good home hygiene includes the various tasks we perform to keep our homes clean, which goes a long way towards preventing the spread of infectious diseases. These procedures include handwashing, proper food storage and cooking practices, good laundry practices, safe disposal of human and other waste, control of dust-borne allergens, care of pets, etc. The important thing to remember is day-to-day cleaning practices are no different for cancer patients and those at increased risk of infection than for other family members. The difference is that if cleaning practices are not correctly carried out, the risk of infection is greater.