Of course, keeping our immunity strong with other healthy habits (here are lots) like good quality sleep, a diet rich in various whole food nutrients, a balanced stress level, etc., is crucial to staying flu free, but there are some other little, quick things we can do that don't take a lot of time or effort that can have big returns, too. Come check them out. It won't take long
What to Clean (And a Few Other Tips) To Avoid Getting Sick
You may not catch the flu from cracked skin, but you can create other bad infections. Cracked skin is an opening for bacteria and germs to enter and make a real mess. Keep your favorite moisturizer by the sink, your bed, your TV - anywhere to remind you to take care of those hands that are exposed to so much. I use coconut oil as it works great for me if I have a minute to allow it to sink in. It is also naturally anti-bacterial.
4. Treat your assistant well.
There is little use to washing your hands and then touching a dirty cell phone. Not sure about you, but I often have my cell phone near, which means lots of exposure to germs. Studies show cell phones carry loads of really gross kind of germs.
It should be cleaned and disinfected but, please read your phone's manual well on how to clean it and disinfect it before attempting to put any cleaner near it. You could damage it. But always power down the device before doing so. There are speciality electronic wipes to use but always ask your phone manufacturer what is safe for your device. Here is some other advice on that, too.
5. Clean up your gadgets.
Swab TV remotes and computer keyboards, as well as video game parts, your mouse, tablet covers - all the techie stuff - with a well-wrung-out disinfecting wipe. Remember to disconnect everything and remove covers first. Your touch screen surfaces may require a scratch-free product designed for electronics as well. Toys should be disinfected, too!
6. Bring the out, in . . . and the in, out.
Air out your home for just a few minutes daily to let stagnant air out and fresh air in. Yup - even in the winter, cracking your window or leaving the door open for a bit when you are coming in to increase airflow is a good idea. This is especially important if someone in your home is sick. Your house will smell better, too!
7. Handle it.
Rub down door handles or give a quick spray with a disinfectant. This includes door handles used frequently and by many (refrigerator handles, cabinet doors used often, etc.). While you are at it, throw in a roll of disinfecting wipes in your car. A quick wipe of your steering wheel and other handles is a good idea. Take advantage of the disinfecting wipes offered at many grocery stores for your use on cart handles, too.
How to Disinfect Safely
I wrote about bleach here and why you want to take seriously the concerns over its use. Because of those concerns, I really only reach for it as a very last resort; however, some studies do say bleach is the only effective means of eliminating certain stubborn viruses and germs. So, on those very rare occasions that I use bleach, here are some guidelines:
- Use bleach sparingly with a 1:4 ratio of bleach to water
- Ensure the room is well ventilated so you don't hurt your lungs
- Keep other cleaners far away as never use bleach in combination with other cleaners, even vinegar which I use a lot, as toxic fumes can form
Need a bit more?
- On the subject of clean . . . how about clean eating? Here is a book review on a doctor that knows all about that.
- In the mood to get your place sparkling, here are some considerations for a room you use daily.