Fight Back this Cold & Flu Season...
Oh the joys of Cold and Flu Season are already among us! Just when you feel like you’ve fully recovered from one bout of sickness another one Seems to hit! So here are some of my go to cleaners (that won’t break the bank) and tips for ridding your home of these pesky illnessness!
Let’s start with some natural cleaners you’ll want to make sure you have on hand and why.
1) Hydrogen Peroxide: Is a wonderful Antibacterial
anti-fungal , kills mold, kills mildew and all around versatile clenaer for around the house.
A number of surfaces can be cleaned with it, Which means that you don’t have to worry about five different cleaning products! It can even be used as a fruit and vegetable soak. I keep a bottle of peroxide under the kitchen sink. Conveniently sprayer tops fit the peroxide bottle, & It’s a great way to recycle! I use hydrogen peroxide in my laundry (it gets my pet bedding and rugs super fresh smelling!), to clean up pet messes, to disinfect kitchen surfaces, to zap the germs in the bathroom and so much more!
2) Citric Acid (Lemon)
Citric acid is in a surprising number of household cleaners. one of my FAVORITE store-bought cleaner is Method, it has Citric acid in their antibacterial cleaner.
Citric acid is one of the main components of lemon juice, so if you don’t have a jar of citric acid hanging around, then lemon juice and or lemon essential oils work just as well! It smells good too!You can add lemon juice to your white vinegar cleaner (1 part white vinegar, one part water and 1/4 part lemon juice) or even use it full strength if you need to. I personally like to use lemon juice with borax to make a pretty powerful disinfectant, that smells good too!
3) Borax: is a very powerful disinfectant and pesticide. It is a natural white powder that is mined from the earth. be careful , it can be very strong and cause reactions in some people – so just be cautious of when and how you use it. The great thing about borax is it also kills mold. So if you are suffering from black mold, then you definitely want to consider using borax.
Vinegar can be used as a safer bleach alternative for some applications, like cleaning. It is also biodegradable. US studies have found that vinegar destroys a host of household pathogens, including the flu virus as well as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria which causes tuberculosis.
However, vinegar is not a registered disinfectant and does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus.
WARNING: Do NOT mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar!!! Separately they are great but mixed together they make peracetic acid which is not a safe disinfectant for home use.
Keeping up on home while and after you’ve been sick.
Ok The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours, so it’s very important to disinfect surfaces that the sick person has touched, pay special attention to the sick person’s bedroom and bathroom. Use an antibacterial cleaner (mentioned above ) on key spots such as: tabletops, countertops, remote controls , computer keyboards, doorknobs, sinks, light switches, faucet handles, sinks, countertop, tub and toilets (including the entire seat and the toilet handle).
To sanitize kiddie items such as non-electric plastic/metal toys, sippy cups, teething rings, bottle nipples and dishes, wash items first then soak them for two minutes in a solution of peroxide and water. Rinse then air dry
A few simple steps for bathrooms:
-Use disposable cups.
-Never share hand towels or bath towels with a sick person. Use paper towels instead of cloth hand towels to help prevent the spread of germs.
-Keep toothbrushes uncovered and isolate the toothbrush of the sick person from those of other family members. Bedding, Blanket and other “sick” clothing:
We tend to sweat a lot more when you are sick, so strip down your bedding, gather up any throw blankets from the sofa, and add in pajamas and any other “sick” clothes. I suggest adding peroxide to your wash , wash on high water temp to ensure Germs are killed. Be sure to check for and treat any stains prior to washing
Clean hands are just as important as a clean house, especially during flu season. To kill germs, wash hands all over with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. (For kids, sing "Happy Birthday" twice.) Everyone should wash hands after using the bathroom, being outside or being in contact with the sick person; before eating, and before touching the eyes, nose or mouth. (That’s usually how germs enter your body and get you sick.)
I hope these few tips Keep your family and your home as safe as possible as we dive into another cold/flu season. I love hearing from my readers , if you have any questions or need more pro tips please contact me At firstname.lastname@example.org !