Ready. Set. Go! That’s right Flu season is here and were all trying to find ways to make sure the flu doesn’t affect our families. You know… when one child gets the flue, so do the rest, and then you get the flu…and it’s like a vicious cycle! Don’t let the flu get you down this season, here are some preventative measures you can take to try and keep your family safe over this flu season.
1. Hand washing- Most flu viruses are spread through direct contact. For instance if a person sneezes into their hands and touches a surface that you come into contact with, the flu could be in your near future! Lathering up with an anti-bacterial soap could help keep the “flu blues” away. If you have small children that aren’t thrilled about washing their hands, don’t panic! Try to come up with a fun song about washing away the “icky germs” to give them a little incentive.
2. Sanitizing– Pocket sized sanitizer is a wonderful thing. Being out in public is the quickest way to catch a bug. Carrying a travel size bottle of sanitizer could preserve your “sick days” at work and keep the little ones smiling instead of sniffling. You should be careful about the brand you buy, however, and do some research. Not all sanitation bottles do as they say. We at Able Cleaning always recommend eco-friendly products, and hand sanitizer is no different. Need hand sanitizer in bulk because you have a large family? Here’s a great article about making your own at home!
3. No Touching– Viruses enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth. This is one of the most common ways for children to pass along germs. So touching your face excessively is a definite “No No!”
4. Phytochemicals– “Phyto” which means plants, produces the natural chemicals and vitamins in foods to give it a “supercharge boost” and could help keep the flu from infecting you. Eating dark green, red and yellow fruits and vegetables is a key, they are enriched with phyto. And of course, drinking orange juice is always recommended!
5. No Smoke– Statistics show that heavy smokers and those who are exposed to second hand smoke will get sick more frequently than those who do not smoke or are not being exposed. So basically, healthy promotes healthy! If you do smoke, Able Cleaning recommends at least leaving the interior of your home and smoking outside to protect children and others in the house from the second-hand smoke.
6. Door Knobs– Often forgotten about, door knobs are one of the germiest places! They need to be wiped down and disinfected often. Other surfaces that are important to wipe down that can be easily looked over are; refrigerator door handle, railings, light switches, remote controls, car door handles, gear shifts, and cabinet door handles.All these hidden germ-cities can add up to lots of sickness in your home.
7. Cell phones– Does your cell phone carry more germs than a toilet seat? YES! Gross but true, most of us use our cell phones a lot on a daily basis and the germs from our mouths, hands and noses are projected onto the phone though use. So wiping down your phone is a must to try and keep that “yucky” flu away from you!
We at Able Cleaning abide by our own rules. You will see our staff constantly washing and sanitizing their hands as well as cleaning all door knobs, handles, and light switches! We hope you stay healthy through this flu season! What recommendations do you have to protect against this virus?