6 Things You Need To Sanitize Regularly During Flu Season

Date February 19, 2018

Keeping the entire house germ-free is virtually impossible but keeping the areas that are often touched clean but might mean the difference between risking the flu and staying healthy. In this, cold, flu-infested season, germs are running amok around our houses. Your best bet is to keep yourself healthy and your home as disinfected as possible.

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Scientists say that our hands are in the second place when it comes to the number of germs on our body - the first, being, of course, the mouth. Therefore, anything that is frequently handled needs to be cleaned ASAP. Disinfecting objects around the house does not differ much from washing your hands in a way that they both need a good scrub and regular cleaning.

Things that need to be cleaned immediately.

As you already know, there are a lot of ways to keep the house clean. However, in this case, we are advising you to clean the things that are objectively the germiest but not cleaned as often as they should be.

1. Phone

Phones are the necessary evil of the modern society, and most of us keep it close or in our hands for most of the day. Some of you might even be holding the phone as you are reading this article. It comes as no surprise that cell phones are swarming with germs that could potentially breed a cold or the flu. Cleaning the phone should be done gently and carefully since water has an all-too-known adverse effect on electronics.

Always use a microfiber cloth and any chemicals you might use should not be sprayed directly onto the phone but preferably on the fabric. Consult with a professional especially if you plan on getting into all the crevasses.

2. Keyboard

The way keyboards are designed means they are the perfect breeding grounds for germs. Full of small spaces and hard-to-reach areas where dust and crumbs can get lodged. Moreover, most of us tend to spend hours behind the desk thus making the matters even worse. First of all, unplug the keyboard and turn it upside down to get rid of all the bigger pieces that got stuck. You can use a gentle blower to make sure it all gets out. Next, invest in a cleaner which dries quickly and is specialized for electronics. Wipe the keyboard this way at least once a week.

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3. Doorknobs

A well-known place for germs, a doorknob is one of the most frequently touched items in a household. The microbes can survive longer than you think on the doorknob, so it is important to wipe them regularly with a disinfectant.

4. Kitchen counters and sinks (especially the faucets)

Kitchen counters should be your primary concern whenever you are cleaning because they are regularly used by the entire family. The same goes for bathroom sinks with the faucets being the most frequently touched parts. Whereas a counter is simply disinfected with a spray, you may need to apply something stronger to get all the scale and other filth.

5. Car interior

Although we don't perceive it as such, car interiors are up there at the top of germ-infested areas. You probably already take good care of your car by washing the outside and keeping the inside clean. However, the steering wheel and the dashboard, as well as the insides of windows, need to be regularly disinfected. You can clean the windows with your preferred window cleaner but do not use it on any leather materials inside the car.

6. Toys (stuffed animals)

Seeing how toddlers and small children are most susceptible to colds, it is essential to keep their stuffed friends as clean as possible. Most of the stuffed toys are machine washable but be sure to check and to wash them inside a tightly secured pillowcase. Toys generally can be tumble dried on a cold setting.

Source: RealSimple, HuffPost Lifestyle, The Creek Line House

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.