Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Don't Get Sick! Household Cleaning Tips

You are probably already aware of the flu season, and know the drill: wash your hands often, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and stay home if you are sick. Well, a new virus is in town that is making people across the United States sick.

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The norovirus is spread from contact with infected people, and can also spread through food. According to the CDC, the norovirus is resistant to high temperatures, and can live on surfaces for up to two weeks. Health officials have also stated that the virus is not affected by hand sanitizers. So how can you avoid getting sick?

1. Wash your hands.

The major defense against any illness is to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. This is especially important because hand sanitizer is not effective at preventing this strain of norovirus. Wash your hands before cooking, before eating, and after using the restroom. If you must come into contact with objects that could be contaminated, wear rubber gloves while handling them, and wash your hands after.

2. Clean your laundry.

Norovirus can live on clothes, so be sure to wash and dry your laundry. If clothing comes into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, wash the clothes immediately and for the longest wash cycle available, and then dry them in the dryer.

3. Disinfect surfaces in your home.

Use bleach on the surfaces of your home to kill the virus and avoid infection. This is especially important if an infected person has been in contact with the surface, in which case it should be cleaned immediately.

You may also be interested in:
10 Quick Cleaning Tips
How to Keep Your Home Germ-Free!