7 Tips for Disinfecting Your Home This Cold and Flu Season

We are officially a month into winter, which means Cold and Flu season is upon us friends, and unfortunately it’s inevitable.  With all of the projects going on in this house and kiddos with super busy routines, nobody’s got time for getting sick!  And let’s be honest, when you have kids, the germs are typically coming from school. That’s when Clorox cleaning products come in handy, to help you fight cold and flu germs in your home.

Fight cold and flu with Clorox

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that last week, my two youngest were out sick for an entire week with the flu, and it was no bueno for any of us!  It just breaks my heart to see my little guys all sad and helpless. Kyle’s already a very affectionate child, but when he’s sick, I end up giving him lots of extra cuddles, and then guess what?  I end up sick and then the sickness cycle begins in our home.

This is why it’s so important to take precautions, such as heading to Home Depot to pick up Clorox Cold and Flu cleaning products to keep our homes healthy and prevent the spread of germs.   And the best way to do tjhis, is by starting in the following areas of our homes:

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. 

7 Areas in your Home to Focus on when Disinfecting:

Fight cold and flu with Clorox

  • Bedding

In our home, the majority of our bedding, (linen rather) is white, so throwing a load in with Clorox Disinfecting Bleach keeps these items whiter longer, and disinfects 99.9% of germs (including norovirus, flu virus, MRSA, E. Coli, and Salmonella).  Bedding should be washed weekly, but if someone is sick, you may want to consider changing the pillow cases a little more frequently.

And—-Did you know you can use Pine Sol for the laundry?  It can be used as a powerful spot treatment and stain remover–you can also add a half a cup to boost washing power in a load of whites or colorfast laundry.  It disinfects and deodorizes! Who knew?

  • Remote Controls and Light Switches

Ugh, these areas are breeding grounds for germs. One of the easiest ways to clean these items are to pick up a multipack of Clorox Wipes which includes two canisters featuring “Fresh Scent” and “Crisp Lemon.”  These can be kept anywhere dirt or germs may build up. (Bathroom, car, kitchen, or realistically anywhere the kids hang out at most) Cleaning with Clorox Disinfecting wipes is easy and convenient –just wipe away any visible dirt, and allow it to air dry.  Clean these areas often touched areas frequently.

Fight cold and flu with Clorox

 

  • Electronic Devices especially touch screens, game controllers, and chargers:

For some reason, I can’t seem to put my phone down for a minute without Kyle snatching it up.  If I had a dollar for every time I saw him sneeze and cough on my phone while he was sick, I’d be rich!  And then my middle son is a “Gamer,” so when there’s a cold going around, I’m constantly on him about wiping down his controllers with the bleach free Clorox wipes to disinfect and ensure that any germs that reside there are not being passed around to his siblings and friends.

Fight cold and flu with Clorox

  • Faucets/Toilets

Spraying Clorox Clean Up Spray on the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom, and toilets (please don’t forget the flush handle) is a great way to prevent the spread of germs, and it’s super quick to do!  It removes tough kitchen and bath stains, grease and dirt on contact, while killing over 99% of household germs in seconds. This household cleaner can be used on multiple hard, nonporous surfaces throughout your home, including kitchen sinks, counters, refrigerators, appliances, tubs, toilets, fiberglass, floors, showers and tiles.

Fight cold and flu with Clorox

  • Door Knobs/Cabinet/and Appliance Handles and Stair Railings

If it were up to me, when a family member is sick, I’d keep them quarantined in their rooms and wait on them hand and foot so they don’t infect the rest of the house, but that’s not realistic.  For these areas I like to use either Pine Sol or Clorox Clean Up Spray –I must warn you though, cleaning with Clorox Clean Up Spray is addicting, I started cleaning our pull-out trash drawer the other day (ugh, imagine the germs in there) and once I got started, and saw the results, everything was getting cleaned!

  • Counters and Table Tops

Table tops and counters can be disinfected with just a few sprays of Clorox Clean-Up, it’s really great to whiten yellowed caulk or grout lines, and clear up any mold or mildew build up.

It removes tough kitchen and bath stains, grease and dirt on contact, while killing over 99% of household germs in seconds.

  • Toys

Kyle has a ton of small toys, he loves playing with mega blocks, and tiny cars which have even tinier crevices that are hard to clean, so I soak small toys for about 5 minutes in water with bleach (½ cup of Clorox Bleach to 1 gallon of water), rinse and then let them air dry.  Larger toys can easily be scrubbed down with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes as they clean and disinfect with antibacterial power, killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria in 10 seconds.  

Fight cold and flu with Clorox

Another important step to take is to practice Good Health Habits, such as:

  • Keeping tissues available for runny noses
  • Teaching kids to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze (sneezing into their elbows and washing their hands when they forget)
  • Washing hands regularly, with warm water and soap
  • Avoid close contact if someone in the home is sick
  • Stay hydrated and get good rest

Just a few short months and this yucky time of the year will be behind us! Stay healthy friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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