If someone in your home is sick, he or she can leave behind cold and flu germs that remain on surfaces for days at a time. With these germs infecting everything, the cycle of illness becomes never-ending in your home. That is of course unless you get rid of the germs for good.
Generally, these germs and viruses survive on surfaces and are spread from one person in your family to the next by skin contact. So anything that you touch regularly can be a potential threat. In fact, flu virus can actually survive for as long as 48 hours. While the frequency with which you need to disinfect each area or surface in your home depends largely on its size and how frequently you or your loved ones come into contact with it, cleaning regularly and effectively is important.
You may be tempted to just start dousing your whole house in bleach. While that’s not really necessary, being consistent and cleaning key items in your home helps you limit the spread of germs and end the cycle of illness in your home.
Most Important Things to Disinfect
While giving your home a good once over is important, while you or your loved one is still sick, you can effectively diminish the spread of illness by focusing on a few key items. If someone in your home has the cold or flow, make sure you regularly clean these items:
- Your phone. Roughly 80 percent of phones in homes that have an infected individual have the virus on them.
- The remote. One of the most touched items in your home, the remote is likely also the least cleaned so you’ll want to be sure to disinfect it during illness.
- The bathroom. It’s common for nearly half of bathroom faucets to have cold and flu viruses on them. Be sure to disinfect the faucets as well as the sink and toilet, and make sure the sick individual uses his or her own hand towel.
- Tables. Tables throughout your home are often touched without being wiped down, so make sure to pay close attention to these areas when you are sick.
- Linens. Bed linens and any stuffed animals or should be washed after an illness. If the animal cannot be washed, keep it away from the family for a few days.
Important Guidelines to Follow
Whatever you are cleaning, it’s important to follow a few rules of thumb for keeping you and your family healthy.
- Make sure your whole family washes their hands frequently with soap and water, scrubbing at least 20 seconds.
- Wipe down all of the surfaces in your home with disinfectant wipes or a household disinfectant each day.
- Be sure to cleanse the sick person’s utensils, bedding, clothing, and other belongings with detergent.
- Wash sheets, towels, and other linens on hot because germs can live through cold and even warm wash cycles.
- Avoid using sponges and rags to clean as they can spread germs. Instead use disinfecting wipes.
You can’t prevent all sickness entirely, but with these tips, you can typically reduce the spread of illness throughout your home.
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