It’s winter, and that means Flu and Cold season! If you are anything like me, you are always thinking of healthy, affordable measures to help safeguard your family during this germapalooza each year! As a wife of a public educator, it’s one of my main missions to help not only keep germs out of my home, but to keep my family, my husbands students as healthy as possible, and my proxy, myself, too!
We may not be able to protect ourselves from all the germs in public, but there are a lot of things we can do to keep our home healthy during winter.
So for this weeks Tutorial Tuesday, I wanted to share a few germ-fighting, home-protection strategies to help you stay healthier this winter:
- Stay away from those with visible signs of illness. If someone is displaying cold or flu-like symptoms in a public place, move away from them. Don’t touch them, or their belongings.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, as germs can spread up to six feet in circumference!
- Change your furnace filter every three months. Filters capture allergens like pet dander, smoke, household dust from the air passing through the filter. Changing filters seasonally keeps these allergens from both reentering your home, and your families respiratory systems.
- Wash your hands frequently. Soap and water alone don’t remove the germs from your hands; friction removes the germs, so wash vigorously.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. According to the CDC, the majority of infections are caused by touching something that is contaminated with germs, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces bi-weekly. Examples would be door handles and knobs, toilet handle, sinks, refrigerator handles, railings, remote controls, telephones, and dining room tables; use commercial sprays, such as Lysol, and allow surfaces to fully dry for 1-2 minutes before using.
- Change bedding weekly. Germs can be spread through shared bedding, so washing it often can prevent that. Duvets, bed skirts, pillows, and other items do not need to be washed but should be placed on a hot fluff cycle for 15 minutes to kill surface germs.
- Don’t share eating utensils. Honestly, for me, this is a year round rule!
- Diffuse essential oils. Essentials oils, such as tea tree, grapefruit, lemon, and cedar oil can clear the air in under 30 minutes, helping to promote wellness in your home and ease sinus discomfort.
- Eat your veggies! By eating nutritious whole foods, such as three servings of vitamins each day, you will help to build your bodies reserve of B-Complex, Vitamin k, and Vitamin C reserves, all natural agents which help your body stave off infection, and promote cell renewal!
Here’s to your health,