Keeping your house germ-free isn’t just a battle to be fought during cold and flu season. It’s a year-long endeavor—especially if you have school-aged children at home. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 80-percent of common infections are spread through contaminated hands.
Short of wearing a HAZMAT suit when someone is sick in your home-sweet-home, these quick tricks will help keep your home germ-free…
1. Get Everyone to Wash Their Hands
Yes, you may think hand washing is an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised at how often this one isn’t enforced. Hand washing is a crucial way to prevent germs from spreading between family members.
That’s why the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), recommends proper hand hygiene as an important first-line defense against the spread of germs. So suds up as soon as you walk in the door, after you put the groceries away or unpack school lunches—it’s recommended to lather up for 20 seconds or so.