It’s the start of flu season, and everyone is making an effort to stay healthy. We’ve put together a few tried-and-true methods to help sanitize your home and office, keeping you healthy, happy, and flu-free.
1. The first step. As we all know, it’s very important to wash your hands on a regular basis, especially after sneezing, coughing, or coming in contact with another person who may be sick. Just plain old soap and water usually does the trick, but if you’re always on the run, keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or on your key chain and remember to use it regularly.
2. The high-traffic areas. Wiping down doorknobs, light switches, and faucets will help sanitize these high-traffic objects. Another area to focus on is the kitchen. Make sure that the sinks and counter tops are cleaned and disinfected after every meal, and pay special attention to the door handles for the fridge, oven and microwave.
3. The little things. There are certain things that people may not even consider when thinking about the spread of germs. Don’t share pens, mugs, cellphones, or other items you may not think twice about sharing with a family member or friend. Wipe down your computer keyboard and mouse on a regular basis, as they can be some of the dirtiest items in your home. In the office, wipe down your workspace regularly and encourage your co-workers to do the same.
4. If you do get sick. Try to stay in for at least 24 hours after getting the flu. Attempting to go to work or be around others is going to increase the chance of those around you getting sick. Make sure to wash your pillows and blankets immediately after getting well to help break the recontamination cycle.
When it comes to stopping the flu, it’s all about the small steps you can take to prevent something that could potentially be a serious threat. Following these few rules will greatly increase not only your own health, but also the health of those around you!