Avoid Germs This Winter


With the cold weather moving in, have you decided how you are going to attempt to stay germ free this year?   There are a lot of different things you can do within your home to avoid germs as much as possible.

  • Wipe down any and all surfaces with a clean paper towel that can be thrown away after using.  It is much better and more sanitary to use disposable paper towels instead of a sponge because sponges carry germs and absorb them.  Make sure to hit the bedside tables, bathroom counters, faucet handles and kitchen counters when wiping surfaces down.  Those surfaces are likely to accumulate and hold on to the most germs!
  • Something interesting I learned about cleaning the house to avoid the spread of germs is that you need to read the label on your cleaning products!  A product must kill more than 99 percent of bacteria in order to be able to use the word “sanitize” on their bottle.  They must be able to do that within 30 seconds (which is pretty incredible when you think about it).  If the label says “disinfect,” that means the product will kill bacteria and germs within ten minutes.  Sanitize sounds much better to me!
  • Make sure you are fully stocked up on tissues around the house!  Personally, I like to keep at least one box in each room and an extra box for each room in the utility closet so we can immediately replace the empty box when one runs out.  My husband’s favorite tissues are the Cool Touch Kleenex.  Does your family have a tissue preference?
  • If you have children at home, make sure you teach them the importance of washing their hands after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, playing with animals or outside toys, etc.  When I was younger, I was taught to sing the ABC song slowly and when I was done singing, I was done washing my hands.

Stay healthy this season!

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