How To Avoid the Flu: Clean And Disinfect Your House

Lenard Nagy
Feb 4, 2023

If you are not down with flu so far, consider yourself lucky! The flu, infections and fever is a common scenario in every house. The flu can make you feel downright miserable, and sometimes, it can even become life-threatening. You must know how to prevent it!

The first thing you need to do is to get a flu shot. It is also equally important to keep yourself and your house clean at all times to avoid infections. Many prefer to contact professional cleaners for thorough cleaning of the kitchen, bathrooms, etc. to keep their homes free from harmful germs, viruses and bacteria.

However, it is advisable to follow a daily cleaning schedule to stay away from seasonal diseases.

In this post, you will learn how to clean and disinfect your house to avoid the flu.

1. The Faucet Handles

People usually don’t realise it, but their dirty hands, which may contain cold and flu viruses, come in contact with the faucet handles of kitchen and bathroom. These places can become a breeding ground for yeast, mould, and bacteria like salmonella and E. coli.

It is crucial to clean the faucet handles. You can use warm water and dish soap to clean the faucets, white vinegar to remove a build-up of grime, and baking soda to take out the stains.

2. The Toothbrush Holders

Studies have found that items like toothbrush holders can be one of the dirtiest and germ infested spots in the house. The best way to clean them is to wash them with hot and soapy water or put them in the dishwasher once or twice a week. If a family member is sick, keep the person’s toothbrush isolated from other toothbrushes. If you touch your mouth, eyes or nose after touching something that has cold or flu germs, you can get affected.

3. Dirty Plastic Toys

Kids suffer from cold and flu several times in a year, and thus, the harmful germs spread to their toys and other stuff quite easily. So, it is essential to clean all the toys at the end of each month, or whenever you think there is a requirement like when your kid is sick.

Wash the hard plastic toys with soap and warm water to kill disease-causing bacteria and viruses that are not visible to the naked eyes. Moreover, to sanitise them, wipe the toys with a mixture of bleach (1 tablespoon) and water (1 quarter).

Finally, let them air dry!

4. Screens Of Mobile, Tablets

Whether people are sick or not, they continuously swipe and tap their smartphones and tablets without cleaning them. If you are also doing the same thing, then you should stop it because viruses can easily travel from the screen glass to your fingertips.

So, it is essential to clean such devices. Purchase special wipes and properly follow the instructions to clean the screens of your devices.

5. Infected TV Remotes

In case you don’t know, your TV remote is not only the most touched item but also the least cleaned one. Also, cold and flu germs are most likely to live longest on hard surfaces like plastic, and thus, it becomes a convenient medium for bacteria and other harmful particles to travel from one person to another.

However, you can clean it easily. First, clean the debris using a dry toothbrush. You can also use a cotton ball or swab dipped in a mild cleaner to disinfect the remotes. However, make sure that it is squeezed nearly dry.

6. Clean The Study/Work Table

Despite getting sick, people spend a decent amount of time on their study or working table for reading books, office work, writing, accounts related work, writing applications and what not. At that point of time, they spread the flu germ all over the table surface, which can quickly transfer to some other family member.

You need to take special care of these places and clean them regularly. People often contact us for deep cleaning of their houses once in a few months, but they overlook the crucial places which need to be cleaned daily.

Use disinfecting wipes to clean the surfaces of the tables regularly.

7. Clean The Sheets, Towels And Blankets

You should wash the sheets, towels and blankets of all the rooms at least once a week. This will not let the bacteria and germs stay on the surface and spread to other places.

Clean it along with other dirty clothes and ensure you always have enough washed and disinfected sheets, towels and blankets. In case you have a person suffering from flu in the house, change the sheets, towels and blankets more frequently.

8. Do Not Forget To Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands every time you come home and before eating your meals is still one of the best ways you can minimise your chances of getting flu. But, make sure that you are doing it the right way – rub your hands properly with soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds before you wash them properly.

Do not forget to wash between the fingers, the back of your hands, and under the nails. Hand sanitiser is also a good option but always give priority to water and soap.

Things to Remember

Whenever you use disinfectant sprays, always remember that for disinfecting the paper towels are a lot better than sponges.

You should not use sponges and dishcloths 2 times without wash them, as they are most likely to spread the germs around. Wash them minimum at 60 degrees. The higher is the better.

If you are not sure what to clean, think about the things you touch a lot and something that you share with someone else.

After a disinfectant wipe, allow the surface to get dry as it will get more time to kill the harmful germs and bacteria.

Make sure that the disinfectant you are using works against the viruses that you are targeting.


Whether someone at home is sick or not, disinfecting and cleaning your house should be a vital part of the daily cleaning routine. If you follow the cleaning methods mentioned above, you are most likely to get a positive result and minimise your chances of falling ill.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I clean and disinfect my house to prevent the flu?

Regular cleaning is essential, but during flu season, it's recommended to disinfect high-touch surfaces daily. These include doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, and countertops where the flu virus can survive and spread.

What type of cleaning product should I use to disinfect my home against the flu?

Use a household disinfectant registered by the EPA or a solution of bleach and water. These are known to kill a wide range of viruses, including the flu virus. Always follow the product's instructions for use.

Are there specific areas in the house that need more attention when cleaning to avoid the flu?

Yes, pay special attention to high-touch areas such as doorknobs, light switches, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and any handheld devices. These areas are breeding grounds for germs and need to be disinfected regularly.

How effective is cleaning in preventing the spread of the flu?

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces can significantly reduce the spread of the flu virus in your home. However, it's also important to combine this with other preventive measures like washing hands frequently and getting a flu shot.

Can I use natural cleaners like vinegar to disinfect surfaces against the flu?

While vinegar is a great natural cleaner, it isn't proven to kill the flu virus. For effective disinfection, use EPA-registered household disinfectants or bleach solutions.

What precautions should I take when cleaning and disinfecting my home?

Wear gloves and ensure good ventilation when using cleaning products. Never mix cleaning products together as it can cause harmful gases. Also, keep all cleaning products out of the reach of children and pets.

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*FYI, parts of this blog post were drafted by artificial technlogy. But rest assured, it's been thoroughly researched, edited, reviewed and me & my team.