As much as we dread it, getting ready for the holiday season can be fun. With all of the new cold and flu and covid variants running around out there, you want to make sure that you’re prepared to have a safe and fun holiday season. In order to have fun and stay safe this year, it helps to start with the foundation of having a clean and disinfected home to help keep your exposure to harmful germs and viruses to a minimum. In today’s article, we’re going to cover all of the best ways in which you can prepare your home for enduring and even thriving in the upcoming holiday and cold and flu season. 

Not Just Cleaning, But Disinfecting

While we don’t recommend using them on a daily or even weekly basis, this is the perfect time to break out the hardcore high potency cleaning products like tough degreasers, bleach, and others. These cleaning products have earned their reputation for a reason: they eliminate everything in their way, pathogens included. Start with a diluted mixture of bleach and filtered tap water in a spray bottle. A 1 to 10 ratio of bleach to water should do the trick. Remember to never combine bleach with any other household ingredients like isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. It should never be mixed or else it will create a toxic gas cloud. It is powerful enough on its own, that’s for sure!

Best Surfaces To Tackle For Stopping The Spread Of Germs

To get ready for cold and flu season, it helps to make sure that you are starting from a clean slate, both literally and figuratively. This will take some work, but it will be well worth it in the end if it helps you or a family member from being sick!

  • Disinfect door knobs both internal and external to help slow the spread of germs
  • Disinfect oven handles, faucet handles, and refrigerator door handles
  • Clean the toilets and toilet seats in all bathrooms as well as the bath and shower faucets/handles
  • Wipe down remotes and home computer keyboards with a bleach towel 
  • Change and disinfect all sheets, pillow cases, and blankets. Start the season with a fresh set and make sure all of your old ones are washed
  • Disinfect the cabinet door handles and drawer handles
  • Wash your shoes and other footwear as those can trap germs too

A Few Quick Tips

To help people get in the habit of fully washing their hands, you can get a little timer set up at each sink to help people stay on par for washing for at least 30 seconds. Swap out all of your home’s soaps for fresh and strong disinfectant soap. Pick up about 10 small bottles of hand sanitizer from the store and place them at strategic areas around the home like on the coffee table, in the dining room, at the front door, etc. so that people can get in the habit of sanitizing their hands regularly, especially after coming home from the store, work, or from spending time outside. 

For The Road

Planning your cold and flu season is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!