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How to keep cold and flu germs out of your home

This time of year everyone is pulling their hair out trying to keep their family safe from all of the cold and flu germs that they come in contact with on a daily basis.
 
This year in particular the flu virus has been VERY persistent.
 
As a maid I come into contact with hundreds of germs on a daily basis myself and people are always asking me how I stay healthy. 
 
I have compiled a list of easy steps that you can take to keep your home and family germ free. There are some you may not have thought of so check them out and let me know what you think!
 
 
1. Separate toothbrushes! Germs can easily spread through brushes that come into contact with each other. Do not keep everyone's brush in the same cup. Soak brushes in hydrogen peroxide occasionally to kill germs as well.  Or, better yet, replace toothbrushes of family members after they have recovered from an illness.
 
2. Lysol disinfectant spray. Use on light switches, doorknobs, toys, etc. Anywhere that is frequently touched by multiple family members.
 
3. Wash bedding and towels used by sick persons frequently.
 
4. Use paper towels instead of shared cloth hand towels in bathrooms and kitchens during an illness to prevent spreading germs
 
5. Close the toilet seat! Studies have shown that when an open toilet is flushed it spreads tiny water droplets throughout the bathroom that can settle on toothbrushes, towels, etc.
 
6. Teach small children good hygiene! Wash hands frequently, sneeze into their sleeves, etc.
 
7. Keep a pocket hand sanitizer handy Many companies now make holders that can be attached right to your keychain, backpack, handbag, etc.
 
8. Sanitize your child's favorite toys.  A solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water can be used to soak plastic toys and safely sanitize them.  Lysol spray can be used on stuffed toys. (wait until dry to give back to child) 
 
9. Get some sleep!  Studies show that the biggest contributer to a compromised immune system is a lack of sleep. Get at least 7-8 hours a night.
 
10. Avoid densely populated areas during seasons of high illness.  Subways, movie theaters, parties, concerts.  I know, its easy to say but hard to do.  At the very least BE AWARE of the people around you and try to avoid anyone who coughs or looks ill.
Consider keeping your kids home from birthday parties and sleepovers for a while or remind them about washing their hands. 
 
11. Wash your hands!!!!  Viruses like the stomach flu are resistant to even some hand sanitizers.  They can only be killed with soap and hot water.  Wash your hands after coming into contact with anyone who has a stomach bug. 
 
12. Avoid buffets.  Communal food can easily be contaminated from people touching it or just by it being left in the open for a while.  If you are throwing a party include tongs or scoops in things like unwrapped candy, pretzels, nuts, etc. that people normally just grab by the handful. 
 
Hopefully you find some of these tips helpful! Have a healthy day!!
 
 
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