The cold weather is sweeping in, and along with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. There’s no way to avoid it entirely, but there are some ways to trudge through it with a little more peace of mind. Read on for tips to add to your winter cleaning routine to stop the spread of cold and flu germs in your home.
There is positively no better way to protect yourself from germs than by washing your hands thoroughly and often. When you wash, be sure that you are using soap and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Make sure that you wash between your fingers and don’t forget about your thumb. The type of soap is less important than thoroughly scrubbing, but if you’re looking to limit the mess in your house, liquid soap won’t result in a goopy, sudsy soap bar on your counter.
If someone in your house is sick, and you can’t put them in a separate room to sleep, wash the sheets often. Remove all of the sheets and blankets from the bed and wash them in hot water to disinfect them. If you can’t clean all of the sheets as frequently as you’d like, you should at least wash the pillowcases, since they get the brunt of the germs.
Buy New Toothbrushes
If someone in the house has a cold, separate their toothbrush from the rest of the family’s. A toothbrush is a great place for germs to hide, and you don’t want their sick germs rubbing up against your toothbrush. Once the person is over their illness, swap out their toothbrush for a new one.
Crank Up the Humidifier
Humidifiers are great for when someone has sinus or chest congestion, and they are also awesome for your wood floors and furniture while your heat is on. For this reason, many people have humidifiers running nearly every night in the winter. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean the humidifier at least once a week so that it doesn’t become a germ breeding ground.
Sanitize Remotes and Other Electronics
When someone is sick, the comfy couch is the place to be, curled up, mindlessly watching the TV. Make sure that you’re wiping down the remotes every day to keep those cold and flu germs from contaminating anyone else, and keep a trash can by the couch to catch the tissues.
Call Misty Clean Today for a Professional Cleaning!
Every home is unique, and every homeowner requires different cleaning services than the next. It’s important to hire a professional cleaning company that can customize their services to your needs, rather than paying for services you don’t need. Whether you need to the master bath deep cleaned or you’re looking for the entire home to be sanitized, Misty Clean can help.