Stop the spread of germs with these recommendations.
During cold and flu season, you probably pay more attention to preventing the spread of germs in your house. However, household disinfection should be a year-round routine to keep you and your family healthy.
Raw meat can be a source of E. coli and salmonella. Putting a leaking container of meat on your kitchen counter and not cleaning afterwards can cross-contaminate other food. In the bathroom, germs and bacteria lurk on surfaces. These are two easy example of why you need to take infecting and cleaning seriously.
Prevent illness by setting up a cleaning routine. Play it safe with the following non-toxic cleanser:
Vinegar, not just for salad
This acidic condiment works as a natural disinfectant. Put distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and use it in place of bleach cleaners. Although effective, bleach cleaners pose a poison hazard for your children. Vinegar is a safer, natural solution for annihilating bacteria and germs.
Hydrogen peroxide cleans wounds and household surfaces
Just add a spray nozzle to the bottle and away you go. The upside to using peroxide over vinegar is the lack of smell. Peroxide is also a great stain remover.
Keep it simple with soap and water
If you are not dealing with big time germs or bacteria, like cleaning up raw chicken, soap and water will suffice.
You can use tea tree oil
Seen more in beauty products, tea tree oil is not well-known as a cleaner. But, this substance, derived from Australian trees, is an antiseptic. You can find manufactured cleaners containing tea tree oil to replace chemical cleaners.
Sometimes the best defense is not enough. When illness strikes, Central Florida Regional Hospital can help. If you would like a physician referral, to ask a health question or to schedule an appointment, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-445-3392.