The flu season has been brutal this year and chances are pretty high that you’ll get sick because it’s been so widespread. But there are a few things you can do to clean your home during the cold and flu season to minimize your risk of exposure.
- Don’t forget to use hot water and bleach to wash your clothes. Did you know that germs can stay on clothes through the washing machine cycle? It’s true! So kill them with hot water or bleach.
- Be aware of where your bag or purse has been before you plop it on the countertop in your kitchen. The bottom of purses are covered in germs, and there can be more germs there than in a toilet! So put your bags and purses elsewhere.
- Door knobs and light switches are things that people touch all the time without thinking. Be sure to wipe these down in your weekly cleaning using a disinfectant. Does your home have a keypad to disarm your burglar alarm? Give that a wipedown as well.
- Coffee pot handles rarely get cleaned, no matter how much the inside of the coffee maker is washed out. Be sure to spritz this area with a cleaner like Red Juice. If you work in an office, remember this tip when you arrive in the morning.
- Other handles are also often ignored, like the refrigerator handle or microwave handle. Red Juice can work its wonders on them as well. Again, a reminder for your work space to have these cleaned as well.
- Drawers and cabinets are things that are frequently touched, so be sure to wipe them down as well. In the bathroom, be sure to clean the faucets and the toilet flusher. Again, Red Juice is your friend.
- When you’re done, you might want to take a load off and veg out in front of the TV for awhile. Don’t forget to disinfect the remote every once in awhile, since that is definitely something we clutch closely, especially when we’re recovering on a sick day.