5 Ways to Keep Your Home Germ Free

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With cold weather here to stay for the next several months, at least, keeping the family healthy is a top priority. Though it’s tough to control colds and flus that the kids are exposed to at school, it is possible to take steps inside the home to keep things as germ free as possible. These healthy reminders are brought to you by Filtrete Filters.

See also: Should You Really Put Your Pet’s Bowl In The Dishwasher?

1.Wipe It Down

Use an antibacterial wipe frequently on commonly-touched items around the home like doorknobs, faucet handles, telephones, refrigerator handles, remote controls and more. Be mindful that you’re not using bleach, for example, on anything that might stain.

2. Do The Wash

Make sure to wash dishtowels, bath towels, sheets and throw blankets frequently, even after each use if someone is already sick.

3. Pay Attention To The Kitchen

The kitchen is normally a haven for germs anyway so pay extra attention to cleanliness here during cold and flu season. Disinfect all countertops frequently as well as cutting boards, faucet filters and sinks. Some experts suggest using a diluted mixture of bleach and water to disinfect the sink after every time you cook a meal, especially using raw eggs or meat. Also, make sure to zap that sponge in the microwave or soak it in a mixture of diluted water and bleach every few days to avoid bacteria and germs congregating there.

4. Consider Going Disposable

In an eco-friendly world this can be a tough proposal to stomach (though places like Whole Foods Markets sell biodegradable items) but if someone in the house is sick, consider having at least that person use disposable plates and cups until the illness has passed. It might be worth it, during the week before Christmas, for example.

5. Change Your Air Filter

As you may remember, I recently learned how to change my air filter which was much easier than I had anticipated. While a number of filters capture large particles that may damage the furnace, not all capture germs and bacteria that make us sick. We’ve been using Filtrete Healthy Living Filters that features high performing electrostatic technology that proactively captures dust, bacteria, germs, viruses and allergens in your air. These easy-to-use filters are commonly available at Target and online. And, remember that common household plants can help clean air, too.

See also: How to Prepare Your Home for Vacation

Let’s face it, we don’t want anyone to stay home from school.

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  1. Kayce Crews
    December 30, 2013 at 12:00 am — Reply

    I already use the orange label Filtrete filters, but I have asthma, and I’d love to give these higher- priced filters a try.

  2. Bryan E.
    December 29, 2013 at 11:24 pm — Reply
  3. Bryan E.
    December 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway…we are a family of allergy sufferers with forced air HVAC in need of a filter “upgrade” !

  4. Tyneisha Fondren
    December 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    I’d love to win this because the water around here is pretty grimy, we only use filtered water.

  5. Jessica
    December 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm — Reply

    I want to win because I am changing air filters often because of our Cocker Spaniel. I want to keep the air clean for our family.

  6. meredith
    December 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm — Reply

    I want my family to drink clean water!

  7. Karen T Gonyea
    December 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm — Reply

    I want to win because I want my children to have the healthiest living environment that I can give them 🙂

  8. heather s
    December 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm — Reply

    I like good tasting water.

  9. Candie L
    December 29, 2013 at 10:30 am — Reply

    My son has allergies and anything that could help Thank you

  10. Francine Anchondo
    December 29, 2013 at 9:02 am — Reply

    I want to drink clean water

  11. tina reynolds
    December 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    I need a water pitcher bad the water here is bad tasting

  12. Helga
    December 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    I would like this here since the water is so terrible!

  13. Lori C.
    December 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm — Reply

    As a pet owner I feel the need to have good quality air filters.

  14. Karen M
    December 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    I would love to win the Filtrete filers because we change them so often since it is so dusty here in the Arizona desert. Thanks

  15. Breanne
    December 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    I’d love to win this for my parent’s house

  16. Jill Myrick
    December 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    We always use Filtrete filters in our furnace and I would love to try the water pitcher.


  17. joseph gersch
    December 28, 2013 at 3:03 am — Reply

    i would like to win to have clean water

  18. Jennifer Reed
    December 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm — Reply

    I would love to win this so I can keep my house as air healthy as possible. I do not do enough in this area and could definitely improve with the help of Filtrete.

  19. Lisa V.
    December 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    My boyfriend is a nut about clean water, so he would love this.

  20. Erica C.
    December 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    We are sensitive to allergies so this would be good.

  21. Deb C
    December 27, 2013 at 7:42 am — Reply

    We all have allergies to some degree, so I change the air filter frequently. I almost always buy Filtrete.

  22. Nicole Newby
    December 27, 2013 at 6:03 am — Reply

    I never knew about changing the filters until recently, and now that I am a mother of a 16 month old, that is a concern of mine/

  23. Brittney House
    December 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm — Reply

    I would love to have clean water to drink.

  24. Natalie yeoman
    December 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    I’d like to drink some clean water in the mornings

  25. Christina Swenson
    December 25, 2013 at 10:32 am — Reply

    I want to win this because at the moment we are drinking tap water.

  26. Jennifer Dunaway
    December 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    My kids have allergies and I think it will help.

  27. Sara Wagner
    December 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    I would love to win this because filtered water always tastes better. It would be great to have in my home.

  28. Danielle
    December 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    To have clean drinking water.

  29. Kitty Iecvan
    December 21, 2013 at 11:51 am — Reply

    I want to be able to have lots of clean water to drink and cook with.

  30. December 21, 2013 at 3:37 am — Reply

    I’ve started drinking a lot more water and a filter would be great.

  31. latanya
    December 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    to have clean water for my family to drink

  32. December 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    With three little ones, I am always trying to stay on top of changing the filter.

  33. Katherine
    December 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    We hae well water and I would just like to filter it a little more

  34. Kim Pinch
    December 20, 2013 at 9:50 am — Reply

    We are all drinking more water for our health and I would feel better knowing the water is safe.

  35. Robin Wilson
    December 20, 2013 at 6:07 am — Reply

    I want to win this because I realize that I need them now that I have read your post!

  36. Joni Mitchell
    December 20, 2013 at 5:58 am — Reply

    I would like to win because we live in a smaller place and I worry about what we are putting into our bodies

  37. Elena
    December 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    I want to in because I want to drink clean filtered water

  38. Beth R
    December 19, 2013 at 7:14 am — Reply

    I want to win this because I only don’t change my filters nearly as often as I should!

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