Hint: Don't ask your toddler child to clean!
While I was combating sniffles, snuffles, coughs and sneezes, it occurred to me that the first battle is best waged on the home front. More often than not, it's the little things that count in the war on germs so I've been doing a bit of cleaning around the house to keep the germs far far away. I'd like to share them with you today...
1. Regular cleaning
Most of us enjoy residing in a clean home and have some sort of cleaning routine. But when it comes to germs, the ante needs to be upped a little. That means including the little things in your cleaning schedule, such as wiping over regularly touched surfaces like telephones, remote controls, keyboards and desktops. These are the areas that frequently come into close contact with grubby hands.
If you have small children, the perimeter of your warfront may be extended even further to include all those areas where little faces and little hands linger such as door frames, doorhandles, mirrors and low windows.
If the cleaning task is proving a little big, it might pay to call in experts such as Absolute Domestics for some regular cleaning help. Cleaning agencies can offer weekly, fortnightly or even once-off cleans to get you off to a solid, germ-free start.
2. Clean Your Cleaning Implements
It's frightening to know that sponges, cloths and mops can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so make sure you change or disinfect them at least once a week. A good tip for your sponges is to run them through the dishwasher or simply pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (not the metallic ones of course).
Meanwhile, either wash your cloths and mop head or disinfect them, making sure they dry thoroughly afterwards. Make sure you also regularly empty your vacuum cleaner and change the bag to prevent this becoming a little micro-climate for dust, allergens and germs.
3. Know Your Products
Not all cleaning products live up to the packaging claims they come with so make sure you are using the right stuff. Just because something is considered anti-bacterial doesn't mean it will kill all germs.
When it comes to germ killers, a good grade disinfectant hits the mark, as does bleach. Other products such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda also kill a number of germs. And there are even some natural items that are known for their germ warfare skills, such as lemon, vinegar, and tea tree oil.
It's important to remember that not all germs are a problem and no home will ever be 100% germ free. When it comes down to it, paying attention to the little things and using the right product for the job on a regular basis are your best tools in the battle against the bugs that reside in all our homes.
How do you prepare yourself and your family to ward off winter illnesses? Do share your tips with me!