Flu season is in full swing, and it’s more important than ever to keep germs out of the house. Follow these cleaning tips to help keep your family healthy and prevent one sick person from spreading the flu to everyone else.
How to Keep Flu Germs Out of Your House
Your first goal during flu season is to prevent germs from taking hold in the first place. Here’s how to not get the flu by cleaning properly:
- Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly: First, identify the surfaces you and other family members touch multiple times a day. These include doorknobs, light switches, banisters, faucet and refrigerator handles, stove knobs, computer keyboards, TV remotes, and more. Clean these surfaces regularly to kill any germs lingering there.
- Follow the directions on your cleaning products: Disinfectants can be useful germ-killers, but only if you use them correctly. First, clean the surface with a multipurpose cleaner to remove crumbs and grime. Then, spray or wipe the surface with disinfectant and allow it to sit for the amount of time recommended on the label. Finally, rinse or wipe the surface to remove residue.
- Wash cleaning supplies every time you use them: If you clean with sponges and microfiber cloths without washing them between uses, you merely spread germs around. To clean sponges, dilute 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon bleach in a quart of warm water. Allow the sponges to soak for one minute, and then lay flat to dry. Soak microfiber cloths in hot soapy water for two to three minutes, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry.
- Don’t share: Every family member should have their own bath towel and washcloth. Avoid sharing food and drinks, even though you’re family, and make sure toothbrushes don’t touch one another.
- Wash your hands often: It’s an old classic, but washing your hands really is the absolute best thing you can do to prevent getting the flu. To remove the most germs, remember to lather for 20 seconds before rinsing.
How to Avoid Spreading the Flu
Inevitably, someone in your family will bring home flu germs from school, work, or the grocery store. Now your goal is to prevent other family members from getting sick. Here are the cleaning measures you can take to avoid spreading the flu around:
- Wash the sick person’s bedding and towels daily: Keep this up until they’re well again.
- Launder communal blankets regularly: During flu season, once a week is about right. If someone starts coughing or sneezing, launder shared bedding right away.
- Contain germs: It’s best for an ill person to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. To keep the germs contained, be sure to throw away tissues immediately after using them.
- Keep your distance: If you haven’t been feeling well, politely refrain from hugging or shaking hands with others. Once you explain your reasons, people will be grateful, not upset.
Keep Your Home Germ-Free with Help from Molly Maid
Hopefully, these tips will help you avoid getting the flu for the rest of the season. Whether you need help deep-cleaning to keep the flu at bay, or you don’t have time to keep up with your regular chores any time of year, Molly Maid can help. Our team of insured, licensed, and uniformed cleaning professionals can provide everything from one-time deep-cleaning to occasional help around the house to routine assistance with household chores. Let us help when and how you need us!
Please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (800) 654-9647 to request a free in-home estimate for professional house cleaning services near you. And for all your other home cleaning and maintenance needs, find one of our sister companies at Neighborly.