No matter the location, sickness will always be prevalent. This is most especially in your home. Although keeping the entire house germ-free is a rigorous task, it is still important in making sure your family stays healthy. Interestingly, a germ-free home is possible to achieve. You just need to learn how to maintain a clean surrounding without allowing the task to overtake your life. Here are some efficient ways to keep your home germ-free.
Most homeowners tend to clean tables and kitchen countertops with wet rags. While this is effective in removing pieces of leftover food, bacteria and mold are capable of thriving in moist areas such as wet rags. And when you use them to clean counters, you are only spreading the bacteria and germs inside your home. You are basically doing more harm than good.
One of the most effective ways to kill off germs is to use a disinfectant spray or wipe. These cleaning products are the easiest and quickest ways to clean germ-packed areas frequently. If you have older kids, you can ask them to help you wipe down areas such as sink, tables, and countertops.
Wash Your Hands
You have probably heard of this a couple of times. Washing your hands remains to be the best first line of defense against germs. This is particularly helpful when you have kids who love to touch everything. A good practice is to wash hands before and after you go somewhere, as this can greatly reduce the possibility of spreading germs in your house.
Want to know what is the right way to wash hands? Check out the steps below:
- Wet your hands with running water (be it warm or cold) and then apply soap.
- Lather your hands properly and rub them together. Make sure you lather the back of your hands, under your nails, and between your fingers.
- Scrub both of your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands thoroughly.
- Dry them using a clean towel (or, if possible, air dry them).
If you really want to maintain a tidy and livable surrounding, try cleaning your home on a regular basis. You do not really have to do huge cleaning tasks. You can simply perform vacuuming, dusting, and even bed and pillow sheets changing. Just remember to sanitize your tables, chairs, faucets, and countertops, among others, too.
Actually, you do not just drink water – you drink a lot of water. In fact, this is something that you and your family should be into all year round. Sure, it is easy to dehydrate in the summer and you might think it is the only season to drink lots of water. However, during winter, your lymphatic systems are prone to stagnation due to lack of activity. There is every reason to drink water and some of them are listed below:
- Increases your energy and, more importantly, relieves fatigue.
- Flushes out toxins through urination and sweat.
- Helps in losing weight, as it reduces hunger and raises metabolism.
- Moisturizes your skin while keeping it soft and glowing.
- Boosts your immune system and even fights cancer.
- Aids in digestion and prevents constipation.
Take Some Rest
It is not rocket science really. Your body simply needs rest. This means going to bed early and getting a full night’s sleep. Doing so will give your body enough time to replenish and fight off germs. Also, make sure that you train your kids to go to bed early. This is especially important as they grow and develop their bodies. This habit will keep you and the other members of the family from catching colds, which can easily be transferred from one person to another.
Clean Your Beddings Religiously
As much as possible, clean and wash your beddings at least once a week. You can do this with a hot water. Moreover, avoid placing dirty items (e.g. shoes, purses, diaper bags, etc.) on top of your beds. Otherwise, you will be spreading germs all over your bed. It is also ideal to vacuum your mattresses at least once a month. In addition, never forget to wash your pillows and change its cases. It is better to be sure than sorry.