Controlled Chaos: Cleaning for cold and flu season tips

  • The most commonly said, yet most commonly ignored: Washing your hands often. Washing your hands multiple times a day during cold and flu season will decrease your chances of catching an illness dramatically.

  • Sanitize children's toys. Make sure to sanitize all of your children's toys to help them avoid getting sick. Mix 1/4 a cup of bleach with a gallon of warm water to wipe down the toys. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and lay out to dry before. Cloth or stuffed toys can be thrown in the washing machine to kill bacteria.

  • Use that same mixture of bleach and warm water to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Doorknobs, TV remotes, refrigerator handles and anything else in high-traffic areas of the home.

  • Wash all of your bedding! Even your comforter and any other blankets on your bed. Also, clean your pillows. Some pillows can be laundered normally, other pillows (such as feather pillows) require special care, such as dry cleaning.

  • Sanitize your thermometer. The easiest way to sanitize a thermometer is just to stick the end of it in a small glass of peroxide.

  • Clean your toothbrush or get a new one. You may just want to stick your toothbrush in some peroxide to disinfect as well.

  • Disinfect commonly used areas in the kitchen, such as refrigerator/freezer door handles, knobs to cupboards, etc.

  • Wipe down your cell phone, and steering wheel/dashboard in your car.

Just cleaning once a week is not enough during cold and flu season. Take 20 minutes a day to wipe these areas down and it will really help.