It’s wintertime in Indiana and for most people, especially moms of young children, that means just one thing – germs! Flu season is upon us and our team at Christina’s Complete Clean know that you want to do everything in your power to keep your family safe and healthy. So before you pack up the kids and move to a warmer climate, consider these 5 tips to keep the germs out of your home!

Flu Proofing your home

1. Find Germy Hot Spots

Sure, you keep your kitchen and bathroom clean year-round, but there may be some surfaces in your home that you’re forgetting. The sink, your phone, children’s toys, doorknobs, and the remote control are very popular areas for germs to hang out. If someone in your family is sick, they may be spreading germs far and wide without you realizing it. Go through your home and disinfect all areas that you touch daily without ever giving them a second thought.

2. Don’t Forget Your Desk

We commonly think of germs being in places like the kitchen and the bathroom, but be mindful not to forget your office. Disinfecting your desk at home and at work can reduce the spread of flu by as much as 50 percent.

3. Ditch the Sponge

You should be replacing your sponge with a new one every few weeks, even more often if someone in your home as been sick. However, if you’re looking for a more frugal option, you can eliminate germs by either microwaving your sponge for a minute or putting it through a dishwasher cycle.

4. Don’t Push the Germs Around

Unfortunately, sometimes our best efforts to kill germs are actually pushing them around instead. Be aware of your dishrags, mops, and other cleaning tools. If they aren’t sanitized between each use, chances are you’re doing more harm than good. Use disposable towels, disposable wipes, and other disposable cleaning products so you don’t store the germs in your home. For a greener option, wash your reusable cleaning supplies at a high temperature to kill the germs after each use.

5. Modern Technology Is Your Friend

In today’s world, we’re lucky to have dishwashers, washers, and dryers in most homes. Use them! The high temperatures and powerful cleaning abilities can do the disinfecting for you, so take advantage of them. Also, think outside the box for items you can put in your dishwasher or washing machine. Most children’s plastic toys can safely take a ride in the dishwasher, and many stuffed animals do well in the washing machine. Just beware of anything with batteries, and hand-wash anything you’re not sure about.

Call in the Pros

Even after doing all you can to keep your home germ-free, sometimes you can still get overwhelmed. If that’s the case, using a professional cleaning service will put your mind at ease. You can opt to have us come in for a one-time deep clean, or we can schedule regular appointments to ensure you make it through flu season with as few germs as possible. Contact Christina’s Complete Clean in Carmel, Westfield, Zionsville, and the north side of Indianapolis at (317) 564-4244 to learn more about our services or to request a quote.