Cleaning after the flu

Cold and flu season is upon us in full force, here are some tips to keeping the germs at bay to help prevent the spread of infection.

As we all know it is important to constantly wash our hands, especially when someone in your house is sick. Remember to wash your hands before your ever touch food or put them near your face. I like to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer around me at all times just in case I come into contact with a surface that a sick person has touched. The flu virus can live on a hard surface for up to 24 hours.

Disinfecting Fabric and Furniture

You can mix up your own bottle of fabric disinfectant by mixing 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons of 90% isopropyl alcohol. Add some Eucalyptus essential oil or your favorite scent for some extra germ busting power.

Granite Counter Tops and other Hard Surfaces

Lysol or clorox disinfecting wipes are good for many surfaces, but they are not recommend for use on granite counter tops, you can use the mixture mentioned above safely on your counters as the alcohol has a balanced ph. Just add a few drops of pure Castile soap (like dr. bronners) to help cut any grease and grime that may be present.  Allow the spray to rest on the surface for a few minutes before wiping clean.

Be sure to disinfect all light switches, door knobs and tv remotes daily. You may use the spray or a disinfecting wipe, just be careful when using them around electronics.