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Friday, November 2, 2012

Clean, Sanitize, and Disinfect

Time fly’s, doesn’t it? Where I live summer came late, it almost seems like fall never left. And now it’s here again. It’s also the beginning of the flu season.

Our kids will go off to school and some will bring the flu home with them. We go off to work and bring the germs home with us. It’s a cycle that happens no matter how healthy you try and keep your family.

There are things you can do in an effort to keep the germs at bay and your home or office clean and sanitized.

Wash Your Hands

This is something we learn at a young age. Wash your hands regularly. This is especially true when you come in contact with someone who is not feeling well, or you are coughing and sneezing.

If you are not somewhere where you can wash your hands, keep hand sanitizer handy. My daughter keeps a small container in her sons backpack as well as some sani-hand wipes.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Whether you are at home or at the office, keep those high traffic surface areas wiped down.

• Light switches
• Doorknobs and handles (doors, refrigerator, microwave, etc.)
• Faucets and sink handles
• Computer keyboard and mouse
• Printer and faxes
• Desktops
• Countertops

Here are a few disinfectant/sanitizing wipes:

• Purell
• Lysol
• Good and Clean

Here is a homemade recipe for sanitizing kitchen and bathroom surfaces. You may not see the germs and bacteria, but they’re still there.

• In a large bowl or container, combine 1 gallon cold water and 1 tablespoon unscented, liquid chlorine bleach.

Dip a clean cloth into the solution and wipe down all surfaces. Allow the solution to stay on the surface for a minimum of one minute to get the best disinfecting action. Wipe dry with a clean, cotton cloth.

Don’t Share

I don’t know about you but when I’m heavy in thought, I chew on the end of my pen (well the pen cap). So it’s probably a good idea you don’t share things like that, not to mention those that wipe their nose with the backs of their hand – yuk! – germs!! and you’re using their pen, gross.

Other things you should consider not sharing are cups, kisses, toothbrush, bites of food, etc.

Remember, it’s the little things you do that can help prevent germs and bacteria from spreading, keeping you, your family, and friends healthy.

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