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