6 Ways to Keep Your Home Flu Free

flu, sick, illness, family, home, house, dream house, dream home, healthy, health, divito dream makers, denver dream making, making dreams come true, arvada, colorado, real estateAll the kids are back to school, which means it’s the start of flu season. Keep your home from serving as a breeding ground for the cold or flu virus with these 6 simple tips.

1. Control your remote

What’s the first thing someone does after calling in sick to work or school? They grab the remote and hunker down with TV and chicken soup. Make sure their germs don’t stick around by disinfecting your remote regularly.

2. Lose the shoes

Flu-causing viruses and bacteria can hitch rides on shoes and the dirt they carry. Ditch your shoes as soon as you walk through the door and slip into some slippers instead.

3. Work that washer

Have kids (or dogs) with lots of plastic and rubber toys? Disinfect them regularly by running them through your dishwasher. It’s a much more efficient way to kill germs than spraying and wiping them down one by one. Consult Google if you’re unsure what’s dishwasher safe.

4. Humidify

Viruses love dry air. Studies show that homes kept at 40-60 percent humidity tend to have fewer flu viruses floating around. Keeping the air in your home at that range can decrease the amount of flu virus in the air by as much as 30 percent. That’s definitely worth the price of a small humidifier.

5. Update your hardware

Copper, aluminum, lead, iron and silver are all antimicrobial – they actually kill bacteria. Brass is the most powerful germ slayer of all. Since doorknobs are a common gathering place for germs, installing brass ones might be a stylish, and effective, strategy for staying flu-free.

6. Replace (or nuke ) your kitchen sponge

That small square holds onto a host of germs. Replace it every week or so, or kill those festering colonies by blasting the sponge in the microwave for two minutes.

Does your current home lack a cozy corner to recover in? It may be time to explore your options. Contact DiVito Dream Makers today!

Article originally appeared on RE/MAX.

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