The dirtiest areas of the home are the places you most likely touch, regularly. Doors and doorknobs, handles, cabinet handles, light switches, faucet handles, computer keyboard, arm chairs, desks, tables, counters. You’ll also want to keep your floors clean especially if you have little ones. Clean toys they use most often and stuffed animals. Bath toys that have tiny holes that squeeze water out of them sooner rather than later start growing harmful bacteria on the inside of them and can make your child sick. Non-porous surfaces such as toys, counters, garbage cans harbor longer lasting germs than non-porous surfaces such as towels, clothes, linens or drapes.
The proper way to clean your home is by wearing gloves and a mask especially if there is a certain amount of accumulated dust, pet dander and pet hair because it can irritate the nasal passages and lungs.
A mixture of hot water, hydrogen peroxide and an all natural all purpose cleaner does just fine and you can add some essential oils if you’d like. Such as tea tree, eucalyptus, and/or lemon essential oils all possess strong germicidal and disinfectant properties. It’s that easy and it’s safe and effective.
The toxins in typical and most common commercial/household cleaners pollute our indoor air and in fact, our own bodies. So I suggest using all natural cleaners for your home.
Kitchen surfaces should be cleaned every day the same goes for the bathroom surfaces as well. I would set one day a week to get a bucket full of hot soap and water and start cleaning areas you touch most often. I also add Hydrogen Peroxide (hydrogen peroxide is a proven method at destroying the flu virus) and Lemon essential oil (which is a germicidal disinfectant) to the mix. (Tests have shown that plain soap and water is still the most effective way to get rid of noro-virus germs, norovirus is a virus that causes the “stomach flu” or vomiting and diarrhea). I could say that using anti-bacterial wipes for cleaning surfaces would be the best approach for people with a busy lifestyle but if you don’t use them correctly than you will be passing germs around from one area to the next. If you like to use the wipes than you’ll want to make sure that you use it on one surface than throw it away-don’t transfer or reuse them. Tests have shown that wipes don’t kill on contact it does take a little while for the germs to actually die. The best approach to a clean and keep a healthy living environment is to clean regularly with all natural hot soapy water and to always remember to wash your hands and to cough or sneeze into your arm rather than your hand.
Toys, door knobs, handles, backpacks, sheets, pillowcases, remote controls, keyboard and mouse, telephones, video games, etc.
Children are more prone to spreading the flu virus and other germs because they are kids and kids are pretty much touching everything in sight and then trying to taste it too. Kids aren’t concerned about getting the flu or spreading it to others. They just want to play! As parents we do the best we can to inform and show our children how and why it’s important to wash our hands before and after. And we hope they’ll remember to do so. But we also know that kids are going to be kids and they’ll forget from time to time. We just do our best to take precautionary measures in hopes of preventing the flu bug.
I do love using essential oils to my home maid cleaning recipes. The ones that work great are Eucalyptus- highly anti-microbial and is an excellent oil to use to keep colds away and if you use it in a sauna or steam shower it helps relieve cold & flu congestion. Lemon Oil possesses strong germicidal disinfectant properties and it is a pleasant addition to formulations intended to purify the air. Tea tree essential oil has gained immense recognition as the strongest anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial essential oil. It is often used in winter time cold formulations to keep germs from spreading.
I’m sure these products have chemicals in them that act and work as germicides, such as alcohol. But I have not done any research on these products and the chemicals they use in their formulations.
Several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against H1N1 and other influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time. For example, wipes or gels containing alcohol can be used to clean hands. The gels should be rubbed into hands for about 20 seconds or until your hands feel dry, whichever is longest.
What I would do under these circumstances would be to have them occupy mainly one room and one bathroom just for them, if possible. Try to keep everything that they need in their room such as medicines, extra water, Kleenex, etc. This way their chance of spreading the germ to others reduces. The length of time that cold or flu germs can survive outside the body on an environmental surface, such as a doorknob, varies greatly. But the suspected range is from a few seconds to 48 hours – depending on the specific virus and the type of surface. It’s generally believed that cold and flu viruses live longer on nonporous surfaces – such as plastic, metal or wood – than they do on porous surfaces – such as fabrics, skin or paper.
I cannot see how a showerhead could cause the flu but cleaning the inside of a shower head is beneficial because the shower head catches the minerals and/or calcium deposits coming from the water and causes build up or biofilm to occur inside the shower head which could perhaps cause lung infection or even pneumonia if inhaled.
- Despite traditional wisdom, the ADA states that keeping your toothbrush in a cabinet or using a toothbrush protector actually increases bacteria and therefore should never be done if at all possible. Do not keep lots of brushes in one cup. They will rub together and spread germs.
- Wash your hands before handling your toothbrush.
- Wash your toothbrush before and after every use. This constitutes holding it under running water and rubbing your thumb over it with force. Do this for five to ten seconds.
- Deep clean it occasionally, by placing it on the top rack of a dishwasher and running it with ordinary dishwasher soap (Never use ordinary liquid dish soap in a dishwasher or you’ll have suds spilling out of the front onto your kitchen floor).
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If it is electric, replace the head every three to four months.