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7 Quick Ways to Avoid Germs from Spreading in Your Home

Keeping your house germ-free is a year-long task, most especially if you have children at home. As per the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 80% of common infections are spread through contaminated hands.

Here are quick ways to help keep your home germ-free.

1. Avoid Touching Your Mouth, Eyes, and Nose

As per the CDC, flu germs can live for 2-8 hours on hard surfaces. That is why it is very easy to pick up flu germs without you knowing it.

You can get infected if you touch an infected light switch, doorknob and then bite your nails or rub your eyes. Keeping your hands away from your face can be hard, especially for children. But, remind them often, and yourself too.

2. Bring Hand Sanitizer

Don’t risk bringing germs into your home with you, from school, from work, or from the playground, if you are out of the house, and there is not a soap and sink available.

If you are out and about, bring a bottle of hand sanitizer with you. The PHAC recommends hand sanitizers that have about 60-80% alcohol to clean your hands, when water and soap are not available.

3. Clean Hot Spots in Your Home

Whether you use paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and all-purpose cleaner, wiping frequently touched surfaces can help in stopping the spread of germs.

Focus on sink faucets, door knobs, tables and railings. Sanitizing these “high risk” surfaces can be your best defense to prevent germs from spreading.

4. Close, Then Flush

Most of you don’t know that flushing the toilet with the lid up can launch the germs into the air, therefore, landing them on the faucet handles, door handles, and even toothbrushes.

Close the lid before flushing in order to prevent dangerous microorganisms from taking flight, according to Carolyn Forte, director of GHRI’s Home Appliances and Cleaning Products department. Share the word and ask family members to follow suit.

5. Disinfect Your Electronic Gadgets

You may be surprise to learn that most of your hand held devices can carry about 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. Gross!

Disinfecting, and not just wiping clean the surfaces of your mobile and electronic devices is an important step in your germ warfare at home.

Cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol and anti-bacterial wipes can be used. If you do not have either of those, the next time you use some hand sanitizer, you can gently rub your damp hands on the surface areas of your gadgets.

6. Get Vaccinated

The best way to keep from getting the flu, and spreading it into your household is to get vaccinated yearly. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, then, less flu can spread throughout the community.

7. Wash Your Hands

You may think hand washing is a very obvious tip, but you will be surprised at how often this one is not enforced.

Hand washing is an important way to prevent germs from spreading between family members. That’s why the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), recommends proper hand washing as an essential first-line defense against the spread of germs.

Therefore, wash-up as soon as you walk in the door, after you have put the groceries away or unpack school lunches. It is recommended to lather up for at least 20 seconds or so.


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