Winter is coming! And unfortunately, that means that flu season is also on its way. If someone in your family does get sick, these tips will help to stop their germs from spreading. Don’t let the flu bug run wild in your house. Read these tips to contain the bug and prevent your entire family from getting sick.
1. Open a Window
Fresh air is always a good idea, especially if someone in your home is sick. Opening a window - even just a crack - for about an hour or so will help remove the old stagnant air, and let fresh oxygen in. That will make everyone in the home feel better.
2. Keep the Sanitizer within Reach
Having hand sanitizer at the ready is a good reminder to clean your hands when you enter the house. Since most germs are spread through contaminated hands, using a little hand sanitizer as soon as you walk through the door can reduce your risk of getting sick.
3. Wash Your Hands
Good handwashing habits are essential to stop the spread of germs. Set a good example for your family by washing your hands when you come home from work, after using the bathroom, and before you sit down to eat. Wash your hands for at least 15 seconds, or about as long as it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself.
4. Flush with the Lid Down
When you have a viral infection, the organisms can live in your stool. That means when you flush, those germs are released into the air, potentially contaminating nearby surfaces in the bathroom. Gross, right? Putting the toilet lid down before you flush helps to prevent the spread of germs.
5. Buy Paper Towels
Reusable dishrags may cut down on waste, but they’re also much more likely to spread germs and bacteria around your home, while giving those organisms the perfect place to camp out. Paper towels on the other hand will reduce the potential spread of germs around your countertops.
6. Wash Bedding Regularly
Having a sick spouse sleep in the guest room may seem unkind, but that’s one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. If you don’t have a bed to spare, wash your sheets daily to defend yourself from picking up the bug. Don’t forget to dry bedding on high heat.
7. Keep Your Home Clean
A clean home is a must to prevent the spread of germs. But what about those rarely cleaned places? Wipe down remote controls, door handles, and other commonly used items, and microwave sponges for a minute to help get rid of germs.
8. Get Your Rest
Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep! Plenty of rest, a healthy diet, and drinking lots of fluids can go a long way in keeping you and your family’s immune systems in check year round.