I is for Icky Illness Safeguarding
I'm a huge fan of disinfecting wipes, like these ones from Clorox. I love that they are safe on wood, streak free on glass, and clean 99.9% of surface germs. Use them regularly to clean things like:
1. your phone receiver
2. remote controls
3. video game controls
4. cell phones
5. stroller handles
It's these commonly used items that are most likely to be missed in the cleaning process and end up spreading the germs of cold and flu. I recently saw a study on the news (I can't remember what news broadcast, sorry) that swabbed random cell phones for germs. We place them on counters, restaurant tables, etc. while passing them from hand to hand. The study showed that most cell phones contained not only bacteria that could make you sick, but remnants of human feces. EW!!!!
Clean your Washing MachineA lot of people believe that hot water killss the germs that end up in our dirty clothes. It's true to an extent, but the washing machine in general is not some miracle anti-germ machine. Over time germs can build up to create mold, mildew, and icky odors in your machine. It's really important, especially during cold and flu season, to regularly clean your washing machine.
Clorox offers this special washing machine cleaner, but I find that their plain ole bleach works just fine for me. In fact, I prefer to use Clorox Clean-Up. I spray into every nook and cranny in the washing machine (without the clothes, of course!!!) and run the HOTTEST, LONGEST cycle. This should be done every one to two months.
Number one way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated! Take the time to get your family ready for the flu season. It's well worth it.
Common SenseI'm not going to list the obvious, wash your hands, etc. But it is important to teach your children how to prevent illness. During flu season, assign each house member a separate hand towel. Have tissues readily available, and it anyone has a fever make sure to keep them indoors and away from other for at least 24 hours AFTER the fever has ceased.
The Fall Family Challenge by Holly at Nap Time is designed to encourage families to do activities together and learn at the same time. There are no rules, no wrongs, no rights - just family fun!
Here's to a healthy holiday season!