September 15, 2014
There are a lot of nasty viruses circulating already this season. One big one in the news is the Enterovirus D68. It’s the culprit behind many seriously ill children in the Midwest and potentially beyond with hospitals recently reporting record numbers of admissions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
So, how can you help to prevent your family and yourself from becoming ill? Eco News Network talked with Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate for Maid Brigade, the leading maid service company to get some green cleaning tips to help combat the Enterovirus and the fall flu.
“Simple and natural daily cleaning routines can also help stop the spread of seasonal viruses from school and work from lingering in the home,” says Marie Stegner, “Preventative action and common sense can make the difference in keeping a healthy home. ”
Stegner offered Eco News Network a few tips to help combat nasty fall germs that could save your family a trip to the doctor and time out of work or school.
Designate a place for backpacks and handbags According to Stegner, your child’s backpack and your handbag or briefcase is in all the wrong places during the course of the day. Then they get tossed right on the counter where you will later prepare dinner or serve snacks. Yuk! Designate a place on the floor by the door and wash backpacks once per week. Use sealed containers that can be put in the dishwasher for lunches and snacks.
Disinfect counter and food prep surfaces frequently Counters, cutting boards, and sponges harbor bacteria and germs. Disinfect them regularly with a homemade natural cleaning spray (see recipe below). Replace your sponge with a washable microfiber cloth.
Close the lid and clean the seat Every time you flush your toilet with the seat up, bacteria and germs spray into the air. Toothbrush nearby? Well, you get the picture. Teach your kids to close the seat before flushing. Make toilet disinfection a priority on your cleaning list even when no one in the house is sick.
Leave shoes at the door Footwear is ripe with all kinds of germs and dirt from the outside world. Best to leave shoes by the door so small children who may still be crawling, and even pets, don’t get the worst of what the streets have to offer right in their own home.
What’s one of Stegner’s favorite germ-combating homemade cleaning supplies?
Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Ingredients: 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, 10 drops essential oil (optional)
Pour baking soda in toilet bowl, and then slowly pour in vinegar, being sure to get vinegar to cover as much of the bowl surface as possible. Add essential oil. Scrub surface to remove any rings or stains. Flush.
For more green cleaning tips download the Maid Brigade Go To Green Cleaning Guide.
Infographic provided by Maid Brigade.