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5 Things You Should Clean To Flu-Proof Your Home

Stop germs at your doorstep by cleaning with these everyday items

Photography: and Toto Labrador (Main Photo)

The ber months are all about parties, late nights, and enjoying the cool, Christmas breeze—however, it's also the season for nasty infections and viruses. Flu viruses are said to live longer when it is humid, but that doesn't mean it can't survive lower temperatures, too. 

Getting rid of these flu viruses can be very difficult—especially when it comes to our home. Aside from washing our hands often, filtering the air and disinfecting surfaces consistently, you should be cleaning a couple of household items that are common culprits for spreading germs around. Check them out below: 

Remote controls 

Just like our phones, these remote controls are a hot bed for bacteria—especially since we don't usually wash our hands after using gadgets. Keep them clean by wiping them down with a disinfecting wipe at least once a week during flu season. 


These handy pulls are repeatedly touched throughout the day but we never think about cleaning them. Wipe them down with a damp washcloth followed by a spritz or two of disinfecting spray every now and then to avoid airborne diseases. 

Work Desks

Make sure to wipe down these large hard surfaces daily so that nothing spreads via these spots where many people sit, set their things down, eat, or even take power naps.  

Washcloths and Towels

While these items aren't a part of our daily routine, remember that anything wet, especially if there are food particles involved, is a happy place for germs. Switch out rags, sponges, and dish and hand towels regularly to keep them germ-free. 

Faucet Handles

Similar to doorknobs, these can render handwashing useless if they've been touched by someone who's sick. Disinfect faucets regularly with a simple mixture of white vinegar and warm water.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy—How to Flu-Proof Every Spot in Your Home

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