When you are dealing with a disease or illness, your immune system is compromised, making it easier to pick up germs and bugs. While it's impossible to live in a completely sterile environment, there are ways to try and minimize the amount of germs around your home according to the NHS: 1. Cleaning Materials Mops and buckets should be disinfected after use, and mop-heads replaced regularly. Wherever possible, use disposable cloths or paper towels to clean up spillages. Cloths and sponges that are re-usable need to be disinfected after every use. Cleaning may leave you tired. Do you know that there are some great tips to help your manage fatigue while you're living with IBD?