Eliminating germs in your home may prevent some illnesses. Here are a few ways to help show germs to the door:
- Allow fresh airflow in your home daily. Open a window or outside door for a few minutes each day.
- Change the filter on your heating and air conditioning system at least once every 3 months.
- Change your toothbrush after recovering from a sore throat. In the winter, change your toothbrush monthly.
- Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and all cabinet knobs when there is sickness in your household to prevent spreading germs to other family members.
- Soak drinking glasses used by sick family members in the sink with warm water and a teaspoon of bleach for five minutes before washing.
- Wash bed sheets and towels in the hottest water possible, adding ½ cup vinegar to each washer load.
- Don’t share pillows with sick family members. Sick persons should use their own bed pillow when resting on the sofa.
- Take Vitamin C supplements, or eat fresh citrus fruit.
- Always wash your hands after using a Kleenex or caring for the sick.
- Never sneeze into your hand. If a Kleenex or handkerchief is not available, sneeze into the inner elbow of your shirt sleeve.
- When you are sick with a fever, chicken soup, herbal teas, and ginger ale are soothing and help keep you hydrated.
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