The cold and flu season is officially here. You can’t get rid of all the germs, but you can at least reduce them with a few simple household precautions. Here are 5 quick tips that I hope will keep you in good health all season long!
- Target germs as soon as you come in the door by taking off your shoes. You’ll track in less dirt, too, so this will save you some vacuuming!
- Let in the light! Sunlight is the best anti-bacterial cleaner there is. If someone in your household is already sick, you can even use sunlight to sterilize their toothbrush until they get better and you can replace it. Just leave it on a (clean) sunny windowsill and it will get purified by UV rays. (100% cheaper than buying a UV light for your toothbrushes!)
- Hand towels in the bathroom and kitchen can become a germ breeding ground that the whole family shares. If someone is sick, swap out the cloth towels for paper towels for a while. (Keep in mind that cold and flu sufferers are contagious for about 1 day before showing symptoms and then 7 days after that.) Also, remember that you need to spend at least 20 seconds washing your hands to get fully clean. You can help your kids remember this by telling them that it takes about 20 seconds to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Think carefully about what gets touched by everyone in the house and disinfect all of those surfaces. Sink handles, door handles, remote controls, light switches, etc. all need a quick wipe down with disinfecting wipes to keep germs away.
- If you’re worried about using harsh chemicals to disinfect the kids’ toys, know that a natural cleaner can do the job, too. Look for natural disinfectants such as thyme and citric acids on the ingredients list.