No matter what time of year it is, you very well know that if someone in your home gets sick it can easily get passed around and spread like wildfire in your house. Although it may seem inevitable that if one person gets sick more people are doomed to follow, it doesn’t have to be that way. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne custom home builder
, shares how you can control the germs in your house when someone gets sick to keep them from spreading.
One of the first things you will want to have handy in your house before anyone even gets sick, is a disinfectant spray. You can purchase these at the store or even make your own homemade disinfectant spray with several recipes available online if you prefer a more natural route. This will be your go-to item you will want to grab and use several a times day for the places any sick people have visited in your home. Bathroom handles, sink handles, the lever on the toilet, and any other surface or handle the sick one in your house may have touched.
Toothbrushes and hairbrushes are another common germ spreading ground you will want to watch. Keep anyone in your family who is sick toothbrush far from the toothbrushes of other family members. A week or so after the illness has passed, be sure to throw that toothbrush away and get a new one or better yet, use throw away tooth brushes up to two weeks after the illness has passed. You can also boil the tooth brush to kill germs as another alternative.
Toy bins are something that are a breeding ground for germs outside of the home in public places, but also inside of your home if you have little ones sharing common toys. While you can’t tell your little ones, their toys are off limits, try to keep the sharing of toys apart for this period and if you can’t keep them apart be sure to disinfect them after use.
You can run toys through the dishwasher as well for another way to disinfect them, just be sure to check that they are dishwasher safe first.
Towels and clothes are another common place that people sometimes overlook as a way of spreading germs around the home. Clean your towels in hot water once a week or more to keep them germ free. Also, be sure that anyone infected with an illness has their own hand, face and body towels to use that are not the same as the ones the rest of the family is using. Even better, just stick to paper towel when it comes to hand towels during this period.
And the age-old saying of washing your hands in warm soapy water still applies and is something your family should be sure to do more frequently when there is a sick one in the house. Be sure to especially have clean hands before touching your nose and eyes, as that is the most common place germs tend to enter your body.
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.