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Clean your House to Avoid the Flu

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How often you need to disinfect in your home really depends on the area or surface and how frequently it comes into contact with bacteria. But before you start spraying down your house, relax. Just being consistent about cleaning key items can help you contain viruses and bacteria.

  • Get the hot spots. It’s recommended to use sprays containing ammonia, which is found in Lysol and Clorox disinfecting wipes.  Wipe down light switches, doorknobs, faucet handles, drawer pulls, remotes, phones, keyboards, etc.
  • Pick the right disinfectant- Products that claim it can get rid of the flu virus has to be approved by the EPA first.  Products like Clorox’s line of disinfectants can effectively kill over 99% of the flu virus found on household objects and surfaces. Disinfectants and disinfectant cleaners are the only cleaners that kill germs, but they only work if you follow the label directions.
  • Wash your hands the right way. Spend at least 30 seconds with soap and warm water on all areas of your hands; in between fingers, palms, and on the backs of hands.
  • Caring for those sick. If someone in your house is sick, be sure to have plenty of tissues and detergents that contain chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptics and alcohols handy. Have a garbage
  • Lastly, Throw away the germ filled tooth brush once you feel better. Replace that old brush for a new tooth brush that is free of germs so there is no risk of cross contamination.

The virus can live for about 12 hours on smooth surfaces (if they’re not disinfected), but they can live on sponges and clothing for two to five days.  So keeping up with laundry and keeping the household extra clean is extremely important.

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