A chore a day keeps the doctor away!

In the midst of cold and flu season, you're often greeted with sniffles and achoos everywhere you go. Washing your hands and stocking up on orange juice are great starting points, but there's more you can do at home to decrease your chances of falling ill. Take these steps to keep yourself and your family in good health.

Disinfect hot spots

Think about what you touch every day and spray those spots with disinfectant. This includes doorknobs and faucet handles. Carefully wipe remote controls and light switches with a disinfectant wipe.

Sanitize cleaning products

Ideally cleaning your home helps to kill germs, but this isn't the case if you're using dirty supplies. Opt for disposable mop pads, or for a greener solution, sanitize mop heads at very high temperatures before reusing them. Wash your dish towels regularly. University of Florida researchers found that microwaving a wet sponge for two minutes kills or inactivates 99 percent of living pathogens in the sponge.

Wash bedding

Wash your pillowcases and sheets in hot water once a week, and use your hottest dryer setting. Be sure to wash your hands after dealing with soiled linens. Wash any blankets and furniture covers as well.

See more Flu-Season Cleaning Tips VIA Angie's List


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