Protecting your home from Cold and Flu Germs
Germs are everywhere throughout the year, even in a clean home environment. During the winter months, when more serious illnesses like the flu and this new Corona Virus threaten our health, it’s especially important to take a few precautions.
It’s just not possible for most people to ride out the flu season in their homes, but there are ways to protect your family. So, while you can’t keep all germs out of your home, you can minimize the risks.
Bacteria is normal and lives on, and inside our bodies. Those germs, actually help us from getting worse germs.
Colds and flu viruses can be easily spread from person to person when people cough, sneeze, talk, or shake hands. If you, a family member or guest comes into your home with a contagious illness like a cold, flu or virus, germs are coming in too.
You don’t need to be obsessed or fanatic when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting your home. A certain number of germs help build children’s immune systems. However, it is always important to wipe down surfaces, countertops, doorknobs, kitchens and bathrooms with non-toxic antiseptic products. In addition, consider wiping down phones, remote controls and light switches. Germs can live on hard surfaces for several hours and up to several days. The hard surfaces in your home are breeding grounds for bacteria so it’s a good idea to wipe them down on a daily basis during the flu season.
According to the Center For Disease Control each year, in the United States alone, between 9 and 45 million people are affected by the flu, resulting in somewhere between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths.
Therefore, the number one tip for keeping a healthy home, is to get a flu shot! If you have babies under 6 months, it’s vital to get your shot, because they are too young to get it.
Clothes, towels and bedding and stuffed animals can also spread infectious germs and viruses. Wash those items often using the hottest water setting and use color-safe bleach to eliminate germs. Avoid handling dirty laundry by carrying items in a basket and then load the items directly into the machine without touching them as much as possible. Then remember to wash your hands after handling dirty laundry and other materials.
Washing your hands often is one of the best defenses in protecting yourself from germs. Keep hand sanitizer available for times when you’re not near soap and water, like after you pump your gas.
Reflections Extreme Clean is here to help you keep your home germ-free this winter, we are available Monday through Friday. Please let us know what days and times are best for you so we may work around everyone’s schedules accordingly.
To get a free quote, please contact us at your convenience. Our team looks forward to doing business with you. 248-295-1261