10 Places You Are Forgetting to Disinfect!
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Every year going into the winter season we start to see a rise in the Flu virus. The combination of colder weather and less than perfect execution of hand washing best practices, inevitably increases people’s generosity of germ sharing. The need to disinfect commonly touched areas comes in second on my list of ways to stay healthy during the flu season. The first is, of course, hand washing. Proper handwashing can avoid a number of illnesses.
I have compiled a list of places that you likely touch on a daily basis but unlikely disinfect regularly. Don’t worry…I am not being a Judgmental Jessie here! I am by no means perfect and actually came up with the list by thinking about all of the things that I don’t disinfect enough. A cleaning calendar may need to be in my future. Check out this list and see if there are any that you neglect also.
1. STEERING WHEEL
I am a recent addition to the Young Living family. Read more about that here. As part of the Thieves Starter Kit I received two travel size Thieves spray bottles. One of those bottles is going into my bag to use in the car to spray down the steering wheel as well as the next three items on the list.
2. CAR DOOR HANDLES (INSIDE AND OUT)
The door handles inside the car may get a drive-by wiping when the car gets cleaned out every now and then. However, there has not been a concerted cleaning of the car door handles inside or outside. We will do better though!
3. CAR KEYS
I don’t think I have ever cleaned my car key or any keys for that matter. It just never crossed my mind. Just be careful with what you clean those battery operated keys with. Those things are expensive to replace!
4. GARAGE DOOR OPENER (INSIDE AND OUT)
Before leaving the house and after returning, the garage door opener get a little tap. Question is, how often does it get disinfected? I can say that I never cleaned ours since we have lived in this apartment. Same with the portable garage opener that stays in my car.
5. LIGHT SWITCHES
Touched multiple times a day by multiple people, light switches are surfaces in your house that are just begging you to disinfect them on a regular basis. Give in to their requests and add light switches to your cleaning list.
6. DOOR KNOBS
Around here at the first sign of a sniffle, sneeze or cough, the first places that get cleaned down are all of the door knobs. It would be good practice to put them on the list to disinfect on a more regular basis as a preventative method though.
7. CELL PHONE
Do we even need to say anymore about cell phones?
8. DOG LEASH
We use a retractable dog leash for our little Cujo. It has a hard plastic outside which makes it super easy to clean. Even a fabric leash can be sprayed down and left to dry.
Mini human received a tablet for Christmas this year from his grandparents. While I love that I get to have my iPad back to myself, I still made a mental note that there was one more touchscreen in the house that would need cleaning. Remember to disinfect the tablets, keyboards and even the mouse for your computer.
The mini human is not in grade school yet but daycare germs are just as bad if not worse! So, anything that comes from the daycare needs a good disinfecting. Same idea with a purse or tote bag. It leaves the house with you, gets placed in shopping carts, on chairs and heaven forbid on the floor. My southern born mother would freak at the prospect of a purse touching the floor. Please don’t put you purse on the floor.
Whether it is a stomach bug, flu virus or common cold, help yourself avoid getting sick. Wash your hands properly and disinfect commonly touched areas on a regular basis. What would add to the list?