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8 Ways To Flu-Proof Your Home

Is the flu bug constantly being visiting – and being passed around – your household? With flu germs being able to survive on hard surfaces for as long as 24 hours, keep your loved ones safe from the virus by targeting the ‘germiest’ hot spots in your home.

Wipe down tiny surfaces

Even the most conscientious of cleaners might miss out small, but often touched surfaces such as:

  • Remote Controls
  • Door Knobs
  • Light Switches
  • Faucet Handles
  • Refrigerator Handles 
  • Drawer Handles

These areas are hotbeds for germs and easily transfer viruses thanks to how regular they are “handled” (no pun intended) by every member of the household. Incorporate a quick daily wipe down at the end of every day!  

Clean your gadgets

Whether it’s your phone, your laptop or any other device you handle regularly, these gadgets come into constant contact with germs from your hands or other surfaces. And bacteria on them are easily transferred to anyone else using it – such as your toddler trying to watch their favourite YouTube channel. Make it a habit to wipe down these gadgets with a disinfecting wipe at least once each day.

Pay attention to anything that gathers moisture

 Where there is moisture (and food particles), there will be germs! Apart from simply washing your dish rags, linens and sponges, do replace them regularly and dunk them in hot water to kill other germs. This goes for your bath towels as well – remember to wash them separately from other laundry.  

Disinfect tables, desks, and other surfaces 

Should we even be surprised that some health experts say that home desks can contain up to 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat? After all, every day surfaces such as tables, desks and even counter tops are activity hot spots for everyone in the household, whether it’s to do homework, prepare food, or eat meals – naturally lots of bacteria can be left and picked up unknowingly. Disinfecting these surfaces can reduce exposure to colds and flu up to 50%, so be sure to do daily wipe downs! 

Wipe your shoes and feet

We carry all sorts of muck and bacteria in our shoes, especially in the soles where germs can multiply in its threads. Avoid walking around the house with your shoes on – even if it’s a quick dash in to retrieve something you’ve forgotten – and give the soles of your shoes a good scrubbing with hot, soapy water. And encourage your little one to form the habit of washing his or her feet immediately upon reaching home. 

Sanitise your cleaning gear

Don’t waste your efforts at disinfecting your household by neglecting to do the same for your cleaning tools. Whether it’s your mop, vacuum cleaner, washing machine or toilet brush, these tools are prime harbours and spreaders of germs – think about all the icky things they’re used to clean, and how you’re spreading the bacteria around your house. Disinfect your gear between each use by washing and drying in high temperatures. 

Clean all toys

Children’s toys are a prime landing spot for germs, what with kids’ penchants for touching everything and anything (and putting toys into their mouth). Avoid contamination by tossing stuffed animals into the washing machine, and using disinfecting wipes on plastic toys. 

Wash floors and low surface areas 

Because children have yet to develop strong immunity systems, they’re much more prone to falling sick than adults. As such, don’t forget about frequently washing the floor (especially if there are crawling babies in the household) and cleaning areas that are at your children’s eye level – where they may be touching, sneezing and coughing on. 

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