With cold and flu season upon us, most people are looking for ways to combat germs in the home and ward off these nasty illnesses. Here are some surefire ways for keeping those germs at bay.
There are spots in every home that get a lot of traffic and can become a hotspot for cold and flu germs. These can include remote controls, doorknobs, cell phones, and sponges, but it can vary between households. Take a moment to consider your home’s busiest areas and identify places that could be a home to nasty germs. Use a disinfectant to keep these spots germ-free. Be sure to always wipe down all your countertops regularly as well.
After scrubbing your home and disinfecting all the nooks and crannies, you’re probably left with a pile of used, not-so-clean sponges and rags. Wash everything with hot water to ensure that all the germs are zapped before using them again. If there are family members who have already caught a bug, make sure to clean their clothing and sheets in hot water. This will prevent the illness from spreading.
Did you know wearing your shoes inside your home can track an average of 421,000 bacteria? This can cause illnesses anywhere from respiratory infections to meningitis. Your shoes are also exposed to a host of toxins, like gasoline, tar, pesticides, and other chemicals. All which can affect your health negatively. And hey, less dirt also means a cleaner home with less effort—there’s nothing wrong with that!
Washing hands regularly is a must for keeping germs away. You should wash your hands for at least 30 seconds after getting home, using the bathroom, and sneezing or coughing into them. It should go without saying that one should wash their hands thoroughly before any food preparation, as well.
Even when you are keeping your germ hot spots clean, airborne cold and flu germs can be trouble. That’s why mom always says to cover your mouth when you cough. The best way to keep your home free of airborne germs is to use micro-allergen air filters and change them at least every 3 months. If you’re prone to catch every cold that goes around, you might want to change them every one or two months. Since air filters are hidden from view, out-of-sight tends to mean out-of-mind. They easily get forgotten and become ineffective when choked with dust. Set up a subscription for regular filter deliveries and you won’t have to worry about forgetting.
The best way to banish cold and flu germs is to instill good habits in everyone in the household. If you have children, practice healthy habits at home together. Washing hands when arriving home from school and during cold and flu season is essential.
While the flu season may not be year-round, incorporating these simple strategies into daily life will ensure that your house is germ-free and clean every season.