Keep your home from serving as a breeding ground for the cold or flu virus with these simple tips:
1. Keep the remotes wiped off
Flu sufferers are likely to spend long hours on the couch sniffling and feeling sorry for themselves, clicking through Netflix. So all those remotes will be covered in germs. Make sure their germs don’t stick around by cleaning your remote regularly using antibacterial wipes.
2. Lose the shoes
Flu-causing viruses and bacteria can hitch rides on shoes and the dirt they carry. Ditch your shoes as soon as you walk through the door and slip into some slippers instead.
3. Work that washer
Have kids (or dogs) with lots of plastic and rubber toys? Disinfect them regularly by running them through your dishwasher. It’s a much more efficient way to kill germs than spraying and wiping them down one by one. Consult Google if you’re unsure what’s dishwasher safe.
Viruses love dry air. Studies show that homes kept at 40-60 percent humidity tend to have fewer flu viruses floating around. Keeping the air in your home at that range can decrease the amount of flu virus in the air by as much as 30 percent. That’s definitely worth the price of a small humidifier.
5. Update your hardware
Copper, aluminum, lead, iron and silver are all antimicrobial – they actually kill bacteria. Brass is the most powerful germ slayer of all. Since doorknobs are a common gathering place for germs, installing brass ones might be a stylish, and effective, strategy for staying flu-free.
6. Replace (or nuke ) your kitchen sponge
That small square holds onto a host of germs. Replace it every week or so, or kill those festering colonies by blasting the sponge in the microwave for two minutes.