By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
We should all know that washing hands and covering our mouths while sneezing are simple ways to stop germs from spreading. Now that flu season is at its peak, there are a few other simple steps you can take to keep your home flu free.
One tip is to clean surfaces thoroughly. According to Ted Myatt, a senior scientist at the consulting firm Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., it’s one of the most simple and effective ways to prevent the flu. When disinfecting, keep in mind surfaces other than countertops are important too, like family electronics, TV remotes, and doorknobs. “It’s important to note that you’re not killing germs with this process though – you’re mainly removing them and lowering their numbers,” Myatt writes in his article.
Surfaces with pores are even more important to disinfect because the flu viruses can live there for hours at a time. Some examples of this include towels, blankets, linens, and washcloths. Be sure to wash these items with hot water and detergent, then tumble dry on hot. Wash hands after handling these cloths.
Now that surfaces are clean, tend to the air floating around in your home. “During the winter months, most people keep windows sealed and the heat on full blast, causing stagnant, recycled air that can harbor airborne allergens and bacteria,” said Myatt. Air purifiers can remove airborne germs from the air, as well as dust, pollen, and spores, which can cause allergies to kick in.
It’s no fun being sick, so hopefully these tips can keep you flu free in the winter months!