It is that time of year again, cold and flu season is upon us. Along with practicing cleanliness like hand washing or getting your annual flu shot; here are some cleaning tips you can use to help prevent the spreading of cold and flu germs.
What to Use
Whether cleaning your home, office or other areas it is important to know what to use to rid your spaces of cold/flu germs. All-purpose cleaners are alright to use if you plan on following up with a disinfectant. All-purpose cleaners, by themselves, will not remove germs from surfaces. Use a disinfecting spray or wipe to rid surfaces of germs; check manufacture labels to be certain the disinfectant will remove cold and flu germs. Bleach is also a good cleaner to use, especially when cleaning soiled laundry.
Along with the traditional items and areas to clean (kitchen, bathrooms, tables, and doorknobs) here are some other things you should consider disinfecting around your home.
- Remote controls
- Phone receivers
- Computers; alcohol wipes or disinfecting wipes/spray will work on these irregular surfaces
- Stuffed animals; wash if you are able, but if not, quarantine them for a few days to allow the virus to die on their surfaces
- Sheets, blankets, and towels; launder these items and use color-safe bleach to kill germs
Office spaces, especially desks, can be almost 100 times more contaminated than a restroom. Thus, making it extremely important to keep these areas clean during the cold and flu season.
- Disinfect surfaces, such as phone receivers, keyboards and your computer mouse with a disinfecting cleaner
- Dispose of your trash daily and spray your wastebasket with a disinfecting spray
- Dust neglected areas of your office, like vents, to reduce the spreading of germs
- Put away any candy dishes you might have on your desk so unclean hands are not digging through them
Other high-risk areas in the office setting to be cautious of are kitchen/breakrooms (especially water-coolers), conference rooms, stair railings, and elevator buttons. Be sure to wash or sanitize your hands regularly.