Tips to help keep the flu at bay
Well it's that time of year again. The weather is colder; we are all staying inside a little bit more. Windows closed, furnace on... nice and cozy right? Unfortunately we are not the only ones who seem to think so! Germs also love to hang out in our home and wreak havoc on our immune systems in these cold winter months! I am sure we all know the basics; Wash your hands, avoid sick people, leave your shoes at the door! But no matter what we do these sneaky little varmints seem to still find their way into our lives and our home. Well I say No More!! It is time to fight back! Here are a few cleaning tips that can help you stop germs dead in their tracks!
Let’s start first with the hand washing. A quick little run under the water is not going to cut it! You need to really lather up. Get some friction going, wash up above your wrists and make sure you are getting in between those finger!!! Make sure you are washing for at least as long as it takes to sing the ABC's.
Disinfect all the doorknobs inside and out. Light switches are also a hot spot for germs. Use disinfectant wipes as a part of your normal household cleaning routine. Remember lots of germy hands touch these surfaces.
Leaving your shoes at the door is huge. Think of all the surfaces your shoes have come across over the course of a day. Give them a spray down with some disinfectant and remember to spray the laces especially on the kid’s shoes. Who knows what those laces have touched. If they are washable toss them in the washer frequently.
To remotes are used by just about everyone in the house. You pick up the remote, change the channel, grab a bite of popcorn, yep you got it... little Bobby over there across the room who has the flu and was watching Tv all day flipping channels between coughs, all his germs just hitched a ride from the remote to your hand to the popcorn to your mouth!
Toilets, Showers, Bathroom floors, remotes, smart phones, tablets, computers, and the list goes on and on. But don’t let it overwhelm you! Just remember wash your hands well, disinfect often. Having a consistent and thorough routine can prevent the spread of germs and keep you healthy and happy throughout the year. Especially during Flu Season!