When someone in your family begins to feel ill, whether it’s a common cold, the flu or a stomach bug, you don’t want it to spread. But how do you fight germs without plastering your home in nasty chemicals, which are so bad for you body – when you breathe them in and get them on your skin? Here are a few tips to help you get rid of any germs in your home and keep it toxic free.
Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of germs. Make sure everyone in your family is washing their hands after using the toilet, before preparing, or eating, a meal, when coming home from school, work, or extracurricular activities and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose. Teach the youngsters in your family early on to avoid bad habits in the future.
Washing your hands for 20 seconds with plain soap and water will remove bacteria from your skin, and help prevent the spread of illness, just as well as antibacterial hand soaps. In fact, in 2016 the FDA banned consumer antiseptic wash products containing one or more of 19 specific active ingredients, including the most commonly used ingredients – triclosan and triclocarban because there was no evidence to suggest these ingredients were safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. You can also find soaps with essential oils such as peppermint, lemongrass and oregano, all of which have been shown to exhibit antibacterial properties.
When you’re cleaning with a disinfectant to kill household germs you don’t need to disinfect your entire home; be strategic – and most of all save time and energy (especially if you have sick children and are suffering from sleep deprivation). The CDC recommends cleaning areas, or items, where there may be a large build up of household germs – and will likely be spread. These areas, and items, include: faucet handles, toilet flushers, phones, keyboards, remote controls, countertops, tables, bathrooms, doorknobs, and light switches. Always use a paper towel, disposable wipe, or be prepared to throw away clean old rags.
It goes without saying, that when someone in the home is ill, avoid close contact. If you or another adult is ill keep away from very small children as much as you can. Avoid swapping blankets on the sofa on a lazy Sunday, drinking from each others mugs or cups, don’t let the kids swap pillows or towels and if someone has been sick make sure you clean all the bedding and replace their toothbrush.
If you do come down with a bug, we recommend supplementing with a quality vitamin C and D nutrient to boost the immune system to help fight off the foreign invader, as well as getting adjusted. I hear from patients so often saying that they don’t want to get me sick so they are afraid to come in, but the reality is that getting adjusted when the nervous system is in crisis mode is one the most critical times to get adjusted. Research shows that several types of immune system cells (including, but not limited to, phagocytes, neutrophils, and PMNs) have an increase in activity following a chiropractic adjustment.
Follow these simple rules and you are one step closer to a germ – and chemical -free home, and to a healthy nervous system and optimally functioning body!