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By: Maria Diefenbach
Posted on: Nov 27, 2019

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Germ-Free This Holiday Season

The holidays are the busiest time of year full of family time and shared memories. It’s also the peak of cold and flu season and parties, travel and shopping all include risks of picking up germs from someone else. While we are surrounded by loved ones, it is important that we all stay healthy during this season. With the holidays quickly approaching, here’s a few simple ways of keeping your home (and self) healthy this holiday season:

1. Do a quick wipe down – This little trick gets the job done fast. After family gatherings around the table, it is easy to forget to do a quick swipe down on the table. Remembering to do this can be one of the quickest and easiest ways of preventing germs from spreading around the family before you gather around for the next meal. The same goes for traveling or going out in public places. Keep a pack of antibacterial wipes on-hand and wipe down anything you’ll come in contact with—airplane trays, public tables, armrests, chairs—you name it.

2. Wash your cleaning supplies – Easy to overlook, right? We’re all for recycling but when it comes to washcloths and other cleaning supplies, we suggest washing or replacing them daily. By doing this, you will prevent the spread of bacteria as you clean your house throughout the holidays. Or choose to clean with disposable wipes while cleaning and toss after use to save time on cleaning rags and ridding your home of germs.

3. Clean your throws - A cold winters day surrounded with loved ones by the fire is what we look forward to most during the holidays. Make sure to toss those throws and blankets in the wash a few times a week to prevent the spread of germs as you sit by the fire.

4. Disinfect common touching areas - Along with the first tip of doing a quick wipe down, this tip is equally as important and one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of germs. Finding key touching points around the house, such as remote controls, keyboards, doorknobs, toilet flushers, faucet handles and doing a quick wipe down with an antibacterial wipe can quickly stop the spread of germs as soon as they begin. If you’re hosting a party, keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on hand within everyone’s reach.

5. Keep your hands to yourself – Although it’s tempting to dip your fingers in beautiful, curated spreads, use the serving utensils provided to make yourself a plate to prevent the spread of your own germs. Keep a close eye on your personal utensils and glass to prevent consuming other people’s germs on accident.

Aside from these tips, you know the basics: frequently wash your hands, cover any coughing or sneezing, and always be sure to stay home if you’ve been diagnosed. What other tips and tricks to you have for keeping germs at bay during the holidays? Let us know on Facebook!