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3 Effortless Ways To Flu-Proof Your Home

Keep your family protected from viruses with these tips


We may be in the middle of summer but nasty infections are still very prevalent. Flu viruses are said to survive longer when the weather is humid and with the blistering heat, there are fewer breezes to blow the germs away.

Getting rid of these flu viruses can be very tricky—especially when it comes to our home. Aside from getting annual vaccines and washing our hands often, there a few other things you can do to keep this disease at bay: 

Main photos from: mrswhittaylor via Pinterest and How To Nest For Less.

Invest in an air filter. 

No amount of manual cleaning can freshen up the air inside your home. A proper filter can catch smaller particles such as bacteria, dust, mold spores, and pollen—any virus traveling through these hosts can get killed by the filter. 

For this to be 100% effective, your system must be working 24/7. Make sure you keep the fan blowing and that you change your filters regularly. 

RL Tip: Check out the Honeywell True HEPA Alergen Remover for a powerful air filter option.  

Photo from mrswhittaylor via Pinterest.  

Stop unconsciously spreading germs. 

Mopping your floors and wiping surfaces clean on a daily basis don't always eliminate bacteria as more often than not, unsanitized tools can spread viruses fast. Keep in mind to disinfect your mops, brooms, and dustpans in a mixture of warm soapy water and a few drops of bleach to make sure it's safe to use around the home. 

RL Tip: You may also want to consider switching to disposable cleaning cloths during the height of flu season to be extra careful. 

READ: How Do You Clean Your Cleaning Tools? 

Photo from Food52

Decontaminate hard surfaces. 

Flu viruses are said to live for two to eight hours on cold, hard surfaces such as light switches, remote controls, kitchen countertops, and door knobs. Cleanse these spots thoroughly using disinfecting sprays or antibacterial wipes. If you want to go for something more natural, spray these areas with white vinegar and pat dry with kitchen paper towels.

Photo from How To Nest For Less.  

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