Keep Away Germs During Cold and Flu Season

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With flu season ramping up, it’s important to keep you and your family healthy. Protection begins at home so here are six ways to give those pesky germs the boot.


Get your flu shot  Many experts say that getting vaccinated is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the flu. Click here to find flu clinics near you. Pro tip: If you opt for the flu mist, bring juice or a lollipop to mask the taste.


Stop dragging germs around  When you notice your mop or dish towels start to smell or appear dirty, it’s time to ditch them. Swap out these items for fresh, clean ones to get optimal cleaning results.


Don’t forget about the sponge  Bacteria thrive in damp environments so a sponge is a dream home for germs. Place your sponge in the dishwasher or put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes to sanitize.


Be aware of germ hiding spots  Did you know that phones are one of the filthiest things in our lives? Remotes, door handles, light switches, cutting boards and children’s toys are just a few of the other unexpected places germs hide. Cleaning your home regularly will help maintain a germ-free environment. Use an anti-bacterial wipe to wipe down these surfaces and erase the chance of spreading germs.


Wash your hands often – And we mean often. It takes about 30 seconds for antibacterial soap to do its job, so teach children to sing the Happy Birthday song or the ABCs for the duration of the wash. If soap and water aren’t readily available, keep an alcohol-based sanitizer near you. You might consider storing additional hand sanitizers in your car, purse or gym bag.


Throw it in the wash  Try to wash your bedsheets in hot water once a week, especially after someone is sick. And don’t forget pillows, blankets and duvet covers.