5 Ways to Rid Your Client’s Home of Harmful Flu Germs
Time for spring cleaning, fresh starts, and hopefully fewer cases of the common cold and potentially dangerous flu.
If you are a family caregiver, live-in caregiver, or interact with seniors on a daily basis, be sure you pay close attention to ridding their home of harmful germs containing these viruses.
As you know, the flu can be deadly in seniors, especially seniors fighting chronic illnesses with a much weaker immune system. In general, the older we get, the more difficult it gets to fight off and stay immune to common viruses like the flu.
Thankfully, there are quite a few ways to prevent these germs from finding a safe harbor in your loved one or client’s home. Even if you yourself weren’t affected by the flu this year, you never know what germs you can track into the home…
Here are 5 easy ways to detox and welcome new life into their home:
1 – The benefit of fresh air
First things first – get some light into your client’s home. On a sunny, warmer day, open every single window in their home and let it circulate throughout the home.
2 – Gather the right cleaning supplies
Start with a basic disinfectant spray that’s not too harsh. Clorox wipes are wonderful as they not only disinfect but physically clean and catch dirt on any surface. Just be sure to read the label and make sure the chemical inside can kill viruses in particular. Avoid using reusable cloths or sponges – stick to paper towels and old sponges that you can throw away after you’re finished!
3 – Wash every linen, every towel, and every blanket
Despite the fact that we often bathe before bed and only wear our pajamas, which can seem clean, to bed each night, your sheets and blankets can be a hotbed for germs and even bed bugs. This spring cleaning season, wash each and every piece of linen, towel, and even pillows and blankets that you and your loved one use each day and get into the habit of cleaning your sheets and towels at least once every two weeks.
5 – Go after the objects you use most often
You’ve probably heard the startling news that your phone is dirtier than a public toilet seat. Although it can be an exaggeration, items that you carry wherever you go, between your phone, tablet, and keys are a serious target for over 10,000 types of bacteria that you can end up bringing into your home each day. Other items you touch on a daily basis, like remote controls, toothbrushes, the toilet bowl handle, doorknobs, and faucets should also be sanitized regularly.