Your Home's Germ Hotspots
Is your finger on the pulse of places in your home where germs love to lurk? You don't have to be a complete neat freak in order to keep your family healthy -- just be aware of where everyone puts their hands. A good rule of thumb when cleaning is to give a hand to those areas that see a lot of hands -- doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, telephones, remote controls, faucets, toilet handles and the like.Other hot spots include sink basins, showers and toothbrush holders. Cold and flu season always means more germs, especially when the family is exposed to infected people at work or school. Minimize your family's risk of getting sick by being vigilant about germ exposure. A simple bleach and water mixture goes a long way in killing the most common germs that sicken people, like influenza, rotavirus (diarrhea), rhinovirus (common cold), salmonella and E. coli. A disinfectant spray such as Lysol can help quickly freshen up those nonporous surfaces, like handles and faucets.