Cold and flu viruses; no one wants to answer the door when they come knocking, but sometimes, they sneak into our homes despite our best efforts. After you get knocked down by illness, it’s time to clean up.
Once your home has been infected with a bug, you’re going to want to break out the gloves and bleach.
Dr. Dan Allan of Cleveland Clinic says, “I would definitely recommend a bleach-based cleaner. There are certain infections, like Norovirus which are not killed by normal mechanisms and even hand sanitizer will not work on that particular illness.
It’s important to clean thoroughly after everyone in the house is healthy. Start with things that are frequently touched, like counters, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, and especially cell phones. Pay close attention to the kitchen; not only because it’s a place where many folks gather and touch things, but also because it’s where food and drink are being prepared.
Doctors say bacteria and viruses can live on surfaces for a while, sometimes days or even weeks.
Don’t forget to wash bedding and stuffed animals in hot water. You can also wipe down other objects that can’t be easily washed and use a bleach-based cleaner, if possible.
One way to try to stop the spread of illness is to change our habits. Allan says, “One of the key things that’s hard for people is to not touch their face. We touch our faces so many times a day, and half the time we don’t even realize it. Rub your eye, rub your nose, scratch your face, lean on your hand; that is probably one of the biggest habits to prevent sickness is to stop touching your face.”
Dr. Allan also says that it’s important for people who come down with a contagious illness to stay home from work and school until they are feeling better to prevent it from spreading to other households.