We are entering cold and flu season. It’s a great time for me to share how to Stop Germs From Spreading in Your Home with These Easy Tips.
Don’t be afraid of germs. A certain amount of germ exposure will help us to build up immunities. During cold and flu season however we want to take some extra precautions to rid our homes of spreading those unwanted viral germs which will cause us or our loved one’s to miss work or school, not to mention feeling miserable.
Two Things You Can Do To Stop The Spread of Germs In Your Home
- Wash hands often and properly
2. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces as recommend by the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
How do these surfaces collect germs in the first place? You bring them in on your hands! So, let’s begin at the beginning. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water for 20 seconds. Take a couple of minutes to teach your children to do the same.
Thanks to the CDC for producing this 30 second video on how to properly wash your hands. I suggest you show it to everyone in your family to be 100% certain they are all doing it the recommended way.
Most frequently touched surfaces in most homes
- Refrigerator handles
- Kitchen counter
- Kitchen Faucet
- Bathroom Faucet
- Kitchen Drawer knobs
- Toilet handle
More surfaces to disinfect regularly
- TV Remote
- Cell Phone
- Door knobs (particularly in common areas)
- Light switch plates (particularly in the common areas)
- Make Up containers and make up brushes!
How to clean these germy surfaces
Use your choice of these 3 cleaning solution options. You can find a list of registered disinfectants on the EPA site here. Vinegar and water are NOT registered disinfectants.
- Soap and water
- Bleach and water
- Disinfecting wipes
Sponges harbor germs because they remain wet for an extended period of time. Sponges are not recommended for cleaning. I prefer to use cleaning cloths I keep specifically for house cleaning chores. I wash them in hot water with a capful of bleach and detergent.
Wear gloves if cleaning with a bleach and water mixture. Follow directions on the bottle for the water/bleach ratio.
Be sure not to keep re-using the same disinfectant wipe! I know it’s tempting but toss it and get another one to tackle those tough germs.
We have created this informative infographic for you to Pin as a reminder of these easy tips.
We wish you a healthy New Year!
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