The winter season typically brings about cold and flu season. And this season, we also have the COVID-19 virus to contend with. Unfortunately, germs have the ability to spread quickly through your home, especially if you have children or grandchildren, or welcome visitors into your home. If one person falls ill, a domino effect seems to ensue.
It can be a never-ending battle if you don’t eliminate the illness-causing bacteria and viruses from the surfaces of your home. Below are a few ways you can prevent germs from spreading.
Understanding how germs spread is one of the key factors in battling them successfully. We know that sneezing and coughing are two of the most common ways to pass germs on to another person. However, there are a few other ways you can share them:
1. If you have small children in the home, teach them how to cover their sneezes and coughs. You may find it difficult to teach your kids and grandkids healthy habits. But turning a learning experience into a fun game can help the little ones in your family understand the importance of stopping germs in their tracks. Find a fun song they can sing for at least 20 seconds while they wash their hands. You can even incorporate toys as good health role models or use craft time to make a “Germ Eating Monster,” like the Boston Children’s Museum suggests.
2. Wash your hands regularly. Not all hand-wash routines are made equal. Running your hands under running water with a little soap doesn’t necessarily mean they’re clean. For a thorough hand washing, wet your hands with warm water, add soap, wash for at least 20 seconds (including wrists and in between fingers), rinse off the soap completely and dry with a clean towel.
3. Resist the urge to touch your face. Did you know that we touch our face about 23 times every hour? Because germs can live on surfaces, they can be easy to pick up with a simple touch. Those germs are then transferred to our eyes, nose and mouth each time we touch our face. To break the face-touching habit, try to keep your hands busy. If you need an additional deterrent, wear gloves — the different texture will make you more conscience of where your hands are at all times.
4. Create a cleaning routine for your home. Germs tend to remain on surfaces for hours after being transferred, so properly cleaning and disinfecting the high-traffic areas in your home is imperative. Be sure to hit spots like:
When someone in your home is ill, it’s important to create a cleaning routine that you can stick to and that includes all of the above hot spots.
5. Limit your contact with those who are sick. When a person gets sick, they can easily spread germs to others. Avoid spending time with people outside of your home who are ill, and limit contact with family members in the home who are contagious. If they share a bedroom with someone who isn’t sick, temporarily adjust the sleeping arrangements. And if possible, avoid sharing items with them, such as dishes, toys and towels.
6. Have hand sanitizer readily available. It’s always best to use soap and water, but hand sanitizer will do the job in a pinch. Use sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol to help reduce the spread of germs. Stash a few bottles throughout the home and keep some in your car or purse for while you’re out of the house.
Did you know you can help minimize the spread of germs by eliminating some of the surfaces in your home? Items like decorative end tables or sideboards, out-of-season decorations and toys the kids or grandkids no longer play with create more surface area for germs to sit. When you want to move items out of your home but don’t want to permanently let go of them, storage is an ideal solution.
Crampt offers easy storage with storage bin delivery and pickup. And because only our employees have access to our facility, you’ll never have to worry about accidently coming into contact with a contagious person while picking up an item from your unit. Instead, we’ll deliver any item you need right to your home.
Make your home germ-free today! Start with a free personalized quote from Crampt. We’re still offering our on-demand storage services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and abiding by health guidelines to do so safely!