I clearly remember when we brought BK home from the hospital. I was convinced that I would somehow find a way to protect her from each and every germ-wielding hand that came near. But, if you’ve had a baby you know, the influx of people in and out of your house and hospital room in those first few weeks is tiring. I didn’t know what people had touched before coming into our house. I know it’s not intentional, but we pick up germs everywhere we go and most of the time we don’t even realize.
I stocked up on hand sanitizer, placed hand soap at each and every sink, and quickly directed arriving guests, friends and family members to the nearest sink. It didn’t take long until it was clear to me that we would need something more, I purchased trusted Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Clorox Cleaner with Bleach to fight the surface germs. I was instantly a believer. Nearly three years later, we’re still using those same products to fight germs in our home. This year, it was the dreaded flu. It’s especially important for me to ensure that I take care of all the germs I pick up at school. I don’t want to be the one bringing them into our home now.
I use the wipes on just about everything and it’s important to remember to “think outside the countertop.” You all probably know exactly what I mean, we wipe down the countertops in the kitchen on a daily basis with disinfectants and cleaners. But there are other “hot spots” in our homes that carry germs as well, like toys, door knobs, light switches, faucets and the remote control. The Clorox Disinfecting wipes make it easy to quickly wipe down those surfaces as well.
It’s also important to remember that we can’t fight all germs by simply washing them away. Sometimes germs get to us, no matter how hard we try to avoid them. Give yourself the best chance possible to fight off nasty flu-causing germs by eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep and exercising. It’s important that our bodies are in the best physical shape to fight germs and bacteria as they come our way.
As a kindergarten teacher and a mother to a toddler, I find myself reminding children throughout the day to cough in their elbow rather than their hand, to wash their hands after they cough or sneeze. Simple germ-fighting tools that can go a long way in preventing the spread of germs. Sometimes adults forget too, but it’s a proactive way to limit the spread of germs. And hand washing? We’re in such a hurry that we don’t always devote the entire 20 seconds to washing or the additional time to allow the water to warm up. It’s a simple step that could keep you and your loved ones healthy. In a season where the flu is spreading rapidly, we should be armed with all of the knowledge to fight the spread and the necessary precautions.
Clorox stands behind their commitment to fight germs and bacteria and empowers people to keep their families healthy. Visit Clorox.com to learn more about the importance of disinfecting and other tips for keeping you and your family happy and healthy.
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