Fighting Back Against Cold & Flu Season

Cold germs and viruses are around all year, but in the winter months our homes become closed up breeding grounds that incubate those same germs and viruses. We all know that healthy, well rested people can generally fend off cold and flu season best, but it’s also important to maintain a germ-free home to better serve your family from falling ill (at home at least). Fresh Living will clean your home from top to bottom using non-toxic, environmentally friendly products safe for your entire family from Melaleuca and Young Living. This will allow you to have more time to sleep, prepare healthy meals, and exercise to maintain good health in a spotless home. Between cleanings follow these tips to keep yourself and your family in good health beyond regular hand washing and stocking up on OJ.

Disinfect Hotspots

Think about what you touch every day and wipe down those hotspots with disinfectant. This includes doorknobs, faucet handles, refrigerator handles, light switches, and remote controls. Regularly clean these frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant wipe or spray as a prevention measure to keep germs and viruses at bay.

 Sanitize Cleaning Products

Cleaning your home helps kill germs, but you are not doing yourself any favors if you’re using dirty supplies. Opt for washable mop pads and wash at very high temperatures before reusing them. Wash your dish towels regularly. When you use disinfectant sprays, paper towels are better than sponges, but disposable disinfectant wipes have an advantage. If you use a sponge you can use your microwave to kill 99.9% of germs by putting it in wet for 2 minutes or by putting it in your dishwasher for a full wash and dry cycle.

 Clean Your Home Office

If your desk is covered in a film of dust, a dumping ground for paper, and more of a storage room, it’s time to purge and disinfect. Don’t forget to also clean your computer keyboard, land line telephone, and any mobile devices, which are the perfect hosts for household germs.

Wash Bedding

Wash your pillowcases and sheets in hot water once a week in hot water and then dry on the machine’s highest setting. Be sure to wash your hands after dealing with soiled linens and be sure to keep dirty laundry as far from your mouth, nose, and eyes as possible. Do separate loads for those family members with viral symptoms to ensure no transmission of germs happens in the laundry room. Wash any blankets and furniture covers as well if possible.

Open A Window

The chilly winter air makes us want to crank up the heat, but all those hours spent indoors actually increase your chances of coming into contact with germs and getting sick. When people cough or sneeze, the virus particles are suspended in the air for a little bit of time, allowing others to breathe it in and become ill. For an easy fix open a window every once in a while on warmer days. It will allow for better airflow and move that stagnant, virus-infected air outside.