Doc Hygiene Germ Free Home Tips

Your home. It’s where you start and end the day. You may spend much of your time here if you work or parent from home. Go above and beyond the call of duty to keep your home and family healthy. 

  • Encourage frequent hand-washing. Teach children to wash their hands after using the toilet, before eating meals or snacks, and throughout the day, especially during cold and flu season. Ask all family members to wash their hands before preparing food or opening the refrigerator and, of course, do so yourself! 
  • Keep hand sanitizer in the kitchen and children’s play areas to encourage easy, convenient germ-killing throughout the day.  
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands. One of the most effective health habits for preventing illness is to keep your hands away from your mouth and nose. If a family member is sick, this simple habit will reduce the chance of transmitting illness from contaminated surfaces to other family members. 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly. In the home, this includes often-touched surfaces, such as doorknobs and light switches.    
  • Consider isolating sick family members to a particular room of the house and disallow sick individuals from working in the kitchen or going into the pantry or refrigerator. 
  • If a family member is sick, the entire family may want to surgical wear masks in the home to prevent the airborne spread of germs.
  • Identify other places in the home where germs like to live. It’s easy to remember light switches, door knobs, and countertop surfaces. But look for these other germ-growing culprits: 
  1. Your kitchen sponge. Your sponge is a germ-holding wonder. Disinfect it daily by placing it in the microwave for two minutes. Replace sponges every two weeks. 
  2. Cutting boards. Germs love to hide in the cracks and crevices of your cutting board. Always wash cutting boards with hot, soapy water and periodically disinfect with bleach or another disinfecting product. 
  3. The bathroom. Every time you flush the toilet, germs fly into the air, landing on toothbrushes, washcloths, and any other surface they can find. Always close the toilet lid before flushing. 
  4. Towels and sheets. Damp towels can be an ideal breeding ground for germs, and if you are sick, your sheets are, too. Wash bed sheets once a week, or more frequently if a sick family member has been bedridden, and wash towels after one or two uses, all in hot water.  

 

  • Spray rooms with disinfectant spray to cut down on airborne pathogens.   
  • Prepare and keep healthy, fresh, natural foods on hand. A healthy diet makes for  healthier bodies, better able to ward off sickness. 

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