With flu season approaching, careful disinfecting of your environment is more important than ever. People become infected by the flu by either sharing an environment with an infected person or by touching an infected surface.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.” During and after someone in your home or work environment has experienced the flu, make sure to clean surfaces such as countertops, door handles, faucets, glasses, utensils, keyboards, tabletops and countertops, toys, cribs, pens, pencils, etc.
Stop using them! Antibacterial cleaning products have been touted as the easy and best cleaner. However, the long-term environmental and health costs have only recently been discovered. Like antibiotics, the CDC warns that overuse and abuse of anti-bacterial products can lead to the emergence of more virulent, antibiotic, anti-bacterial resistant strains. Antibacterial products were designed to protect vulnerable patients from infection. They are not useful in the healthy household. Furthermore, in a Reuters article entitled Antibacterial wipes can spread superbugs: study, Gareth Williams, a microbiologist at Cardiff University said, “While the wipes killed some bacteria, a study of two hospitals showed they did not get them all and could transfer the so-called superbugs to other surfaces.” According to the study, health care workers wiped multiple surfaces such as tables, bed rails, and monitors with a single wipe, basically spreading germs around.
How to Disinfect Your Home or Business the Natural Way
In general, kitchens and bathrooms are the most frequently used areas and where germs proliferate. After someone has been ill with the flu, disinfecting these high traffic areas is even more important. Disinfect with a bleach solution or another disinfectant to prevent spreading germs.