Colder weather has arrived, and with it comes “sick season.” Common colds, viruses, and the dreaded flu tend to peak in the cooler months. That means it’s more important than ever to take some extra precautions aimed at keeping you healthy and safe. You won’t be able to get your apartment completely germ-free, but you can decrease the chances of getting sick at home. Here are our tips for fighting germs in your apartment so you can feel safe and sound in your apartment all season long.
If you tend to do the bare minimum when it comes to cleaning your apartment, now is the time to step up your game. Tight spaces, like between the walls and your couch, can collect dust and dead skin, and ultimately serve as a breeding ground for dust mites and germs. Make sure to use a vacuum often to clean any hard to reach surfaces (and clean out your vacuum, too). It’s also critical that you keep your bed, including your mattress, as clean as possible. Dirty beds serve as the ideal environment for dust mites and bacteria, so try to change your sheets about once a week if possible.
Groom Your Pets
Cat and dog dandruff can be more than just a pain to clean—it can also be a source of pesky germs. It can also irritate your respiratory system, especially when the heat is on in your building, which dries your body out. During the fall and winter months, be sure that you keep your pets groomed and clean so that you’ll decrease the chances of them spreading germs to you or your roommates. Your pets may not appreciate the extra baths, but your immune system will.
Prioritize Hot Spots
No matter how clean we think we are, humans carry germs and bacteria, which we then spread from hands. Certain spots in your apartment tend to get more “traffic” than others, and these can serve as “hot spots” for germs. These hotspots can include doorknobs, counters, light switches, and toilet handles. Pay particular attention to these areas when cleaning your apartment, and try to wash your hands extra well after you come in contact with these spots. You can use antibacterial wipes to quickly clean these areas before and after you have guests over.
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