You may have read how surfaces (including clothes) retain germs. But, don’t let these facts give you sleepless nights. Follow these preventive tips and protect you and your family from infections.
1) For Personal Hygiene
It is good for each family member to maintain personal hygiene, all the time, not just as a temporary preventive measure. It’s most important to wash your hands frequently using soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser such as those available from Lifebuoy. This is especially recommended before or after preparing a meal for the family, after using the bathroom, and before and after eating, etc.
Every time you cough or sneeze, it is good hygiene to cover your mouth with a tissue (don’t forget to throw it immediately after use) or your elbow (if a tissue is not available at the time). Also, having good air flow in shared spaces, like the living room, bathroom or kitchen, helps. You can do this by keeping the windows open or by using the air conditioner.
2) For Your Home Surfaces
Germs can travel up to 3 feet after a sneeze, spreading unwanted infections and rest on different surfaces around the home. Some surfaces in your home are frequently touched by all family members throughout the day. These high-touch surfaces include switches, door handles, tables, taps, cabinet handles, toilet seats, flush handles, phones, keyboards, etc.
To make sure your surfaces are clean, just add ‘cleaning and disinfecting’ of these surfaces to your daily checklist during this flu season. Simply use a regular household detergent and water to clean. After the surfaces are clean, you can move on to disinfecting them. Use a suitable disinfectant, like a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first.
3) For Your Laundry
Not just surfaces, even clothes can retain germs. One of the simplest ways to remove germs from your clothes is to give them a good wash. Washing clothes thoroughly with detergent is good enough to remove germs. You can use a bleach (sodium hypochlorite) like Rin Ala for sheets and clothes. Rin Ala being a sodium hypochlorite bleach is recommended for use on white clothes only. Do not use on coloured clothes.
If using a washing machine, wash clothes using the appropriate water temperature setting, in accordance with the directions on labels of laundry or clothing items. Finally, don’t forget to let the clothes dry completely in the sun before folding them.
4) For Your Personal Household Items
It is a good idea for everyone at home to use separate plates, bowls and cutlery, which are regularly and thoroughly washed using a good dishwash detergent. Let all family members use separate towels and beddings too. Just make sure that all these household items are washed thoroughly with soap and water or disinfected after each use.
These simple steps, if followed daily, can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe from infections.