10 Ways to Ready Your Home This Flu Season

How to brace yourself against the increasing risks of the flu? If the best way is not to breathe – which is not really advisable – there are others that we can put into practice to outwit every infection.

1.Use Paper Towels

Put aside your traditional hand cloths and, in this period, use disposable paper towels – especially if there are already sick people in the house.

2. Disinfect Every Kitchen Item

If you use a sponge or a dishwashing brush to tidy up the kitchen, sterilize these items in the dishwasher every day. In fact, even in this case, prevention starts from the use of disinfectant products, especially on the objects that are mostly handled such as knobs, cutlery and switches. Wash the dishes immediately after use with hot water and common detergent or, if possible, in the dishwasher which, thanks to the high temperatures, ensures a better reduction of viruses and bacteria. Wipe down all cabinet knobs, as well as countertops and ovens.

3. What to do about the Bathroom

First of all, thoroughly clean and disinfect the bathroom sink, since this area in particular is a hot spot for flu and cold viruses. Pay particular attention to the faucets, which are touched by everyone’s hands – especially the ones of people who are already infected.

4.Don’t Underestimate the Infective Power of Toothbrushes

As we said, particular attention must be paid to the bathroom, in this environment it is much easier for germs and bacteria to multiply than in other rooms. It is therefore essential that the sanitary facilities are continually disinfected. Towels and toothbrushes must not be shared, and placed at a distance, in fact even the proximity can promote contagions. Other everyday objects to be careful of are toothbrushes- in addition to cleaning them as recommended by keeping them for a good time under running water, it is good to avoid them being stored next to each other. Maybe they usually touch each other- this is not hygienic at all! If you have had the flu or a cold, plan to replace the toothbrush when you get better.

5. Light Switches and Door Knobs

Further “hot areas” to be disinfected with care are the light switches, both at home and in particular in the bathroom – and also door knobs. Of course, it is important that the products used for cleaning are disinfectants, in order not to spread germs around.

6. Personal Hygiene

Obviously the first rule to be observed to avoid the flu is not to neglect personal hygiene, especially your hands- it is essential to wash them frequently. Do it with a regular, low-PH soap, keeping under running water for at least 20-30 seconds.

7. Electronic Devices and Accessories

A noteworthy source of often underestimated infection are telephones: the sick person should use only his / her cell phone and, whenever possible, avoid responding to the house one (otherwise, clean it carefully with a disinfectant wipe immediately after). The proximity of the appliance with nose and mouth during use, in fact, makes it a threat to the next user. Also disinfect other commonly used items such as remote controls, computer keyboards, game console controllers and so on. In this case, it is recommended to spray disinfectants to be left for a few minutes and allowed to air dry.

8. The Laundry

If someone is sick in the house, according to the experts, you should wash your laundry every day: sheets, pillowcases, towels and so on would be a den of bacteria. If you use the washing machine, choose a program with hot water instead of cold.

9. The Bedrooms and Furniture

As for the bedrooms, the most effective intervention is to ventilate the classic way- open the windows, let fresh air in, so as to prevent germs from accumulating in the environment. If there is an affected person in the family, it is advisable to change the sheets and make sure that your clothes do not come into contact with those of the family in the laundry basket. If this happens, it is advisable to wash the machine at a rather high temperature to be sure that viruses and bacteria are eliminated. Another unexpected deposit of bacteria is the sofa: in fact, just like the bed, numerous germs nestle in it, especially after contact with an influenced subject. The advice is therefore to vacuum the sofa (if possible) and proceed with the washing of cushions and fabrics with a steam cleaner.

10. If You Have Children…

The home environment must remain disinfected especially in the presence of children, given the tendency of children to bring objects to the mouth, facilitating the transmission of germs. In general it is important that during peak periods of influence, objects that are handled at home (e.g. telephones, tables, remote controls) are cleaned and disinfected constantly.