Maintaining a sanitary home plays a big role in avoiding cold, flu, and other major viruses. Here are seven practical house cleaning tips for cold and flu season.
1 | wash your hands as soon as you walk through the door.
Make it a habit to wash your hands as soon as you enter your house. School, work, grocery stores, gas stations, friends’ homes, the mailbox, and every other location you visit throughout the day brings you into contact with germs. Start fresh when you get home by washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
2 | wipe down your car’s steering wheel.
Your car’s steering wheel bears the brunt of the germs you encounter every day. Remember to disinfect your steering wheel regularly to avoid transferring those germs to other parts of your life.
3 | clean horizontal surfaces regularly.
Clean counters, sinks, and tables daily, and more often if someone in your house is ill. Begin by cleaning off any dirt or debris, then spray and wipe down with household disinfectant. Read cleaning product labels to ensure proper use, and avoid drying counters after cleaning, since your disinfectant needs to sit on the surface for a set time to achieve maximum effectiveness.
Also remember to clean frequently used drawer and cupboard handles.
4 | clean high touch areas regularly.
Clean high touch areas regularly. Think about the surfaces in your home that you touch regularly without noticing. Remember doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, and cupboard handles that get touched by many people throughout the day. Use household disinfectant cleaners to sanitize them.
5 | avoid sharing personal items.
Make an effort to avoid sharing dishes, cups, eating utensils, towels, and bedding in your home. These items carry high amounts of germs that easily spread from person-to-person during cold and flu season.
6 | wash communal throw blankets.
Remember to wash throw blankets and pillows in your home’s common areas. These are often used by many members of the home and can spread illness throughout the family.
7 | keep tissues accessible.
Make sure tissues are easily accessible throughout the home and encourage everyone in your house to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
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