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​How to clean your home to stop colds and flu spreading

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How to clean your home to stop colds and flu spreading

You can catch a cold any time of year, but it is more likely that you will catch one in the winter months as the cold temperatures weaken your body’s natural defence system, making you more susceptible to contracting viruses. A lot of families find it hard to avoid catching a cold if one person in the household has an infection, cold and flu viruses spread like wildfire. You may seem like there is no escape from catching a cold or flu if someone is already suffering in your home, but there are any ways to keep the virus at bay.

Keeping the infected person quarantined in their own bedroom and disinfecting the whole house may be an idea that’s tempting you, but it’s not a realistic, practical solution. Strategic cleaning and overall good hygiene is the best strategy to tackle the germs.

How do cold and flu viruses spread?

Cold and flu viruses can be spread via direct or indirect contact. When someone who is infected with the cold or flu virus coughs or sneezes tiny droplets of fluid containing the virus are propelled out of the nose and mouth. These droplets can be inhaled by another person or the droplets can land on surrounding surfaces. These droplets containing the virus can live on surfaces for up to 48hours, once another person comes in contact with these infected particles they are at risk of contracting the illness.

Cleaning possible highly affected areas

To take these germs, it is good to know common areas where the viruses can be found dwelling.


1.Remote Controls

Stop and think of how many times someone in your household touches the TV remote or maybe even a games console controller. The TV remote is probably one of the most touched and handled item in the home.


2.Computers / Tablets

Imagine how many times someone coughs and sneezes when they have a cold. Now imagine how many germs have been propelled onto shared computer keyboards and touch screen devices. Computers and touch screen devices that are shared are an easy way to catch and spread a cold.

3.Bathrooms

Bathroom taps and other surfaces are likely to carry the cold / flu virus if there is someone in your home who is affected. Toilet handles / push buttons and light switches are also likely to be “germy” too.


4.Kitchen Surfaces and Appliances

Worktops, tables and kitchen appliances are touched a lot, because worktops and tables are hard surfaces germs will survive longer, making the kitchen a dangerous place to be if you are trying your best to keep away from catching a cold or flu.

Makes sure all surfaces and commonly touched areas are cleaned regularly using a multi-purpose cleaner that is effective at killing bacteria.


5.Handles

Door handles and cupboard handles should be one of the top targets on your list, these are things that everyone touches, therefore makes them very likely to be carrying germs.



6.Towels, sheets and blankets

It is essential that you make sure that the person who is feeling under the weather has their own towel and wash cloth. This is to make sure that germs are not spread through sharing.

Sheets and blankets should be washed at a high temperature, use a bleach based detergent if your bedding is suitable for washing with this type of detergent at a high temperature.

The high temperature will kill off any germs, using a bleach based detergent will make sure that none of the germs survive the cleaning onslaught.

What should you use to clean?

You should use a cleaner that kills 99.9% of germs, this could be a common multi-purpose spray, bleach spray or wipe.

Make sure that when wiping surfaces you use paper towels or kitchen roll. Using these to wipe rather than a reusable cloth or sponge is better as you can easily dispose of them.

Recommended products: Hand Cleaner & SanitiserAlcohol Free Antibacterial foaming hand sanitiser

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