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  • Writer's pictureMike Roberts

Germy places to clean during flu season

If you or a family member gets the flu this year, here are some tips to stop those germs from spreading to the rest of the household.

Clean and disinfect shared surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, remote controls, and toilet handles:

1. Clean with the appropriate household cleaner and a microfiber cloth. 2. Apply disinfectant and let it sit for the recommended time on the product label. 3. Wipe or rinse off disinfectant.

Pay extra attention to bedrooms and bathrooms. Try to wash the sick person’s bedding and bath towels daily, and avoid sharing hand towels. Line wastebaskets with grocery bags to catch tissues, and replace the bags often. Isolate the sick person’s toothbrush from those of other family members, and replace it once he or she is well.

Make sure to sanitize your cleaning supplies, too. Run sponges through a heated dry cycle in the dishwasher, and wash microfiber cloths in the hot cycle in the washing machine. In addition to cleaning, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to limit spreading germs as much as possible.

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