When Someone In Your House Has The Flu, How Do You Disinfect It?

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The good news is that thorough cleaning can be accomplished with no additional effort. It is not necessary to clean every inch of the house from top to bottom, particularly if someone who is ill spends much of their time in one area or isolates themselves in a room.

Instead, focus on the communal areas you all spend time in throughout the day as well as communal touch points and be thorough with high-quality cleaning products.

Some of the most common touch points at home are:

  • Door knobs or handles
  • Light switches
  • Bannisters and stair rails
  • Toilet handles
  • Refrigerator and kitchen drawer handles
  • Table and countertops
  • Remote controls
  • Shared electronics, like tablets

These commonly touched hard surfaces can become breeding grounds for germs, with the flu virus often able to live up to 48 hours on non-porous surfaces, so it’s important to keep them clean. Use high-quality surface disinfectant to wipe these areas down using a clean cloth.

Remember to also clean any linens or blankets that might have the virus on them and keep separate hand towels available if possible, to avoid the flu and transmission of other germs.

Which room should I clean first? 

Begin in the kitchen. Not only can anyone use this during the day, but it's also full of touch points where germs can live and spread. There's a fair chance of transmission when shared food is being cooked as well.

Use a high-quality surface disinfectant on the hard surfaces in your kitchen to keep it sufficiently clean from harmful bacteria, whilst regularly using anti bacterial hand wash throughout the day to help prevent the transmission of bacteria on touch points.

What cleaning products should I use?

Choosing the right cleaning product for each cleaning job is important when it comes to effectively eliminating germs. Done correctly, it means you don’t need to over-compensate by cleaning everything.

Bleach will effectively sterilise your bathroom. Normal hot washes should also keep your laundry clean. However, multipurpose surface disinfectant will be your best friend, as all hard and non-porous surfaces can be wiped down using this.

To properly sterilise surfaces, first clean them with just hot water and soap, before wiping down with disinfectant.

What cleaning products should I use?

Choosing the right cleaning product for each cleaning job is important when it comes to effectively eliminating germs. Done correctly, it means you don’t need to over-compensate by cleaning everything.

Bleach will effectively sterilise your bathroom. Normal hot washes should also keep your laundry clean. However, multipurpose surface disinfectant will be your best friend, as all hard and non-porous surfaces can be wiped down using this.

To properly sterilise surfaces, first clean them with just hot water and soap, before wiping down with disinfectant.

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