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Cleaning & Disinfecting During Flu Season

Every home looks a little different. Some homes have kids, some pets and some empty nesters. We’ve compiled a list of things to clean during this isolation period to keep everyone in the home healthier.

  1. Toys. Fill a basin or tub with warm, soapy water and let hard surface toys soak. Scrub with a soft cloth or scrub brush and rinse in cool water. Now, to disinfect the toys, spray the toys with a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water and let them stand for a minute. To sanitize hard, non-porous baby toys that have batteries or can’t be washed in the washing machine, simply wipe down with a cloth using a solution of soap and warm water. Dry, and then wipe down with a disinfecting Wipe.
  2. Electronics & Remotes. You may have heard that your smartphone screen has more bacteria than a toilet. Unfortunately, that’s not just a dirty rumor. What’s more is that tablets can be even more germ ridden. Most of your gadget cleaning can be done with three tools: microfiber chamois or pure cotton cloths, distilled water, and isopropyl alcohol. Cleaning any screen should start with a light, dry wipe down with a microfiber cloth. You should also turn off your devices before cleaning.
  3. Handles, Switches & Door Knobs. These are a huge contact point in your home and need to be wiped down often. Wipe or spray your disinfectant on the surface and allow it to sit for the recommended time found on the product label. This is important because it gives the disinfectant time to work.
  4. Wash Cleaning Supplies. As soon as you finish using the necessary tools to clean and disinfect, clean them. Microfiber cloths can easily be tossed in the wash and be reused over and over which also helps eliminate landfill waste.
  5. Be Mindful of Shared Items. You can’t exactly quarantine family members if they happen to get sick. However, you can figure out how to prevent germs from spreading in your home, there are many solutions on the market that can help you maintain a clean and germ free space. Here are some tips to help you do so:
    • Wash communal throws or afghans weekly during cold and flu season. If someone in the house is coughing or sneezing, wash these items immediately.
    • Don’t share bath or hand towels, and make sure toothbrushes aren’t coming into contact with one another. Additionally, avoid using toothbrush covers as they can actually cause bacteria to grow, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    • Sanitize car keys and vehicles as well.

Washing your hands more often is one of the most important ways to prevent germs from spreading. Avoid close contact with others and avoid touching your face unless your hands are clean.  Stay safe, healthy and shine on!

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