We know germs can live on many household services and can be spread by touch, but a recent study by Women’s Health Magazine found that the flu virus can stick around for up to 48 hours.
It might feel like it’s impossible to stop the spread of these nasty winter germs, but there are a few basic steps you can take to make your home a little healthier.
The most important step is to make sure everyone washes their hands frequently with soap or hand sanitizer. With either option, scrub for 20 seconds. Use paper towels for drying your hands or clearly designate separate hand towels for each member of the family.
Another important thing to do it to clean the sick person’s clothing, bedding and any other personal items with detergent or soap to prevent further spreading.
The next thing to do is to wipe down all surfaces; pay a lot of attention to the kitchen. It can be germ-infested because of food on the counter and moisture from the sink. It’s a breeding ground for bacteria. Make sure you clean the sink, cutting boards, garbage cans, sponges and dish towels.
The next room to disinfect is the bathroom. Make sure to scrub the bathtub, floors, surfaces and especially the toilet. Keep your toothbrush and other personal hygiene items in drawers or containers because if left out, they can be exposed to toilet germs released after flushing.
Washing frequently-handled objects like the TV remote, computer keyboard and mouse, door handles and phones can also prevent the spreading of germs.
But why wait until someone gets sick? Plan a cleaning day – maybe every few months – and thoroughly clean the house, wiping down cabinets, closets, bookshelves and walls.