Cold and flu season tends to make people anxious about getting sick. If you have a visitor in your home who coughs even once, you may wonder, "Am I going to get it?" Sadly, it is completely impossible to rid your home of the presence of every germ and bacteria. Some bacteria are just commonplace. You can, though, do a few things to help keep germs under control and hopefully stop them from infecting your whole family.
Replace Washcloths Often
During cold and flu season, use a new washcloth or disinfect your sponge every time you need to wash the counters, sink, toilet or tub. The best option for drying hands after washing them is paper towels, as any remaining germs are wiped away and permanently disposed of.
Wash Sheets Weekly
Germs and bacteria are able to live longer in porous materials like linens and washcloths. To ensure that germs can't thrive and spread, wash your sheets and the above-mentioned washcloths in hot water often. By doing that you can make sure that your sheets are cleaned before too much bacteria is able to build up.
Disinfect Frequently Used Objects
Items like cell phones, computer keyboards, TV remotes and children's toys can harbor as many germs as a toilet seat because they are handled more often. Use a spray or wipe disinfectant often. Follow the instructions on the label because some disinfectants require a two-step process to really destroy the germs.
Air Out Your Home
When the windows and doors to your home remain closed for long periods, the air inside is recycled over and over. If the air has any germs and bacteria in it, those germs and bacteria are allowed to spread to every room and possibly multiply. One solution is to air out your home by opening a window for a small period of time every day. You may also want to seek professional help from people that can help with fresh air ventilators or UV air purifiers for your home. That way you can make sure that your home is always getting clean and fresh air.
Install a Humidifier
Flu germs are less likely to survive in a moist environment. Humidifiers not only make the air less sustainable for germs, they help to moisturize your nasal passages and throat so that if you do get sick, you can rest easier and recover faster. The best humidity level for homes is between 40-50%.
Trying to get rid of every germ that crosses your path is an impractical goal. Nonetheless, if you follow these steps, you can minimize the spread of germs to and from everyone in your household and therefore, minimize your risk of getting sick.
Author Bio-“Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family. Kara recommends looking into places like C.B. Lucas Heating and Air Conditioning for more information on keeping your air as clean as possible.”