Best way to disinfect house after flu | Cleaning house after the flu

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August 8, 2022

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How to disinfect your house after the flu | Cleaning house after flu

To prevent more viruses and bacteria from growing, it is crucial to disinfect your home after being sick. If you or your family member get sick during the flu season, it is very easy to avert spreading the sickness by learning a few cleaning tips.

The task of disinfecting requires a few different cleaners than regular cleaning products you use for clean ups. Fortunately, in this article we will talk about what supplies you need to use to disinfect your home after the flu or other virus, and how to use them.

Table of Contents

cleaning supplies for disinfecting

1. How to choose effective cleaning supplies

In order to successfully disinfect and deep clean your home, you need to get the right supplies. The first thing you should do to figure out if your product is good for disinfecting is read the ingredients. If your product contains disinfectants like bleach, it is perfect to use to get rid of any flu germs after someone in your household falls ill, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Another important aspect you need to know is the contact time that each disinfectant requires in order to work. Contact time tells you how long your product needs to stay on the surfaces in order to successfully kill germs. It is very important to follow the manufacturer's instructions on each disinfectant spray you are using to get the best results.

1. Best disinfectants

There are a lot of different products on the market that are great for disinfecting. From disinfecting sprays to disinfecting wipes, there are many options you can choose depending on your preference and budget.

One of the all time favorites is the Lysol Disinfectant Spray. This spray kills 99.99% of viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19 virus. It is perfect to use on all types of surfaces including kitchen counters and other high touch surfaces. This product is a must have for the cold and flu season.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are also a great option for disinfecting. These all-purpose disposable and disinfecting wipes remove common allergens, germs and kill other infectious diseases. This product is great to use to sanitize computer keyboards, tv remotes, and other high touch items around your home.

2. Homemade disinfectant

If it is not in your budget to buy new disinfecting products, it is not a problem. You can diy your own disinfectant spray by using a common item like bleach. Making a disinfectant with bleach is just as good as using a fancy sanitizer.

Mix 5 table spoons of bleach with a gallon of water and follow a contact time of one minuter for it to work. One of the benefits of using this bleach solution for disinfecting is that it is safe to use around food areas since it is sanitizing but the dilution prevents it from being toxic.

home steam cleaner for disinfecting house after flu

3. Steam

Steam cleaners are great tools to use to clean surfaces in your home as well as to prevent spread of germs. Steam easily destroys any flu viruses without requiring any harsh chemicals. This versatile machine can be used for sanitizing surfaces like wood, as well as items like stuffed animals.

One of the best steamers on the market is the Fortador Volt Mini. This steam machine is portable and easily stored. Even though it is small, it is powerful enough to clean and disinfect your home like no other product.

how to disinfect the home after flu

How do i disinfect my house after the flu season?

After carefully choosing products you want to use to disinfect your household, you can start cleaning.

House deep cleaning should already be implemented in your lifestyle. This will give you a head start when you need to disinfect your home after a flu virus or any other illness.

supplies for disinfecting house

Prepping Supplies

1. Disinfecting cleaning product

We have already listed different sanitizing sprays you can use, but you can always pick something you already have. Just make sure that you are not mixing your disinfectant with other products that contain ammonia.

2. Gloves

When working with sanitizing products, it is important to wear gloves to protect your hands. These products can cause irritation and dry out your hands.

3. Paper towels

It is best to use paper towels when disinfecting surfaces since they are disposable. Sponges and rags harbor bacteria and require frequent washing.

Cleaning process

door handle disinfection

1. High touch surfaces

Things like light switches, remote controls, cell phones, door handles and door knobs are crucial to sanitize if a sick person has been touching those items. These places can cause other members of the family to get sick since they are high touch items.

This is also why it is important to wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer in order to prevent yourself from catching cold flu and other illness when you have someone in your household that is ill.

counter top disinfection

2. Hard surfaces

Make sure to disinfect all the hard surfaces like tables, counter tops, desks, and other furniture. To make the process faster and easier, you can use disinfecting wipes to wipe and steam all the surfaces.

toilet cleaning with steam for disinfecting

3. Bathroom cleaning

Bathrooms collect a lot of germs due to the moist and warm environment. To clean the bathroom, use your preferred disinfectant to wipe clean the countertop, sink, light switches, cabinet knobs, and garbage cans.

Collect all bathroom towels and wash them with hot water and sanitizing laundry soap. It is important to clean any shared towels, like hand towels, in order to not continue the spread of germs.

You should also sanitize all the toothbrushes by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes, replace them with new can be a great idea.

kitche disinfection after flu

4. Kitchen

To disinfect the kitchen you should always use food-safe cleaning products. Wipe all the non porous surfaces with a paper towel and a disinfectant. Don't forget to clean the refrigerator handles, wash dishes in hot water, and sanitize dining table and chairs if made out of hard material.

bedroom floors cleaning with steam

5. Bedroom

Start sanitizing by wiping surfaces like night stands, desk, and bed frame with mattress. It is crucial to wash all the bedding after a sick person. The germs can thrive in the bedding material for days or even weeks after cold and flu. Wash the sheets on the hottest setting with a sanitizing laundry detergent.

Grab any dirty clothes that was worn during the illness and wash them in the hottest water to kill any remaining germs. If you have any stuffed toys, throw them in with the clothes to sanitize.

windows cleaning with steam at living room

6. Living room

Usually, a sick person stays in their room, but if this is not the case it is crucial to disinfect all the common areas in your household as well.

Use a disinfectant and paper towel to get all the hard surfaces. Wipe remote controls, light switches, and other frequently touched items in the living room.

hand washing with soap

Useful Tips

  1. Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap to prevent the spread of illness.
  2. After you are finished sanitizing your home, open all windows to let any lingering cleaning product smell out and fresh air in.
  3. Stuffed animals collect more germs than you think, so you should always wash them in hot water and satizing detergent.
  4. You should sanitize your home year round, even when no one is sick.

Getting sick is never pleasant, and spreading the flu to your loved ones is even worse. By frequently sanitizing your home, all can be prevented. You do not need to use any fancy cleaning supplies in order to disinfect your house effectively. All you need is some time and with the tips and guidance from this article, you will see a drastic difference in your health and your family's. Performing a deep clean at home doesn't only benefit your health, but also makes it more enjoyable to spend time in your home.

Kristina Tretyakova
Olga Drążewska

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