10 Tips For Staying Germ-Free and Healthy This Flu Season

30 October 2017

 This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Now that we’re ankle deep into the new school year, it’s never been so important to keep the house germ-free- especially with a new baby in the house. We caught the flu at least once last year and that doesn’t include the numerous trips to the doctor for strep, colds, and ear infections. We basically got the works, and I was lucky enough to experience it all while pregnant. The worst. Guys, people are not joking when they say once the kids go to school you start getting sick. It is a breeding ground for all things germs and this year we can’t take any chances with Indy. So, I’ve teamed up with Lysol® and their new Laundry Sanitizer to share my top 10 tips for staying germ-free and (hopefully) healthy this holiday season. Some are a little obvious, but that doesn’t mean we don’t take them for granted and need a little reminder every now and then…


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10 Tips For Staying Germ-Free and Healthy This Flu Season


Wash Your Hands Frequently
With a new baby in the house we’re constantly washing our hands to avoid spreading outside germs to him. That being said, new baby in the house or not, you should always wash your hands at all the usual times (before handling food, after using the bathroom, etc.) as well as after touching a high-traffic surface, like a doorknob, to avoid contaminating others.  


Disinfect Your Laundry
Did you know that detergent alone doesn’t kill bacteria? Most of us wash our clothes in cold water and air dry delicate pieces, giving bacteria a fighting chance to survive the process. Gross. However, washing your clothes with Lysol Laundry Sanitizer, an additive (which is specially designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria), helps eliminate bacteria and those pesky lingering odors. It doesn’t contain chlorine or bleach and can be used in cold water so your whites and darks are safe. Must-have for this mom on the go. You can grab it on the laundry aisle at Target and snag an extra 5% off with the Cartwheel app.


Keep High Traffic Areas Clean
Speaking of disinfecting, keeping your previously mentioned high traffic areas clean, helps cut germ spread down. It’s so easy to wipe your nose, scratch your head, ear, whatever, and then touch a doorknob, thus sharing your germs with whomever else touches the knob. We’re constantly wiping down high traffic areas with Lysol Wipes. Door knobs, trash can lids, sinks, rims and faucets, and just about everything else our boys’ little hands touch on the regular.
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Cover Your Face
If I had a nickel for every time I told the boys to cover their mouth when they sneezed and coughed I would probably be buying myself a new designer  bag. But obviously the same goes for you. Sneeze and cough into your ELBOW. That way it won’t get all over your hands to spread around.  


Get Your Daily Vitamin D
I know it’s hard when the winter time comes, but getting at least 15 minutes of sunshine a day helps keep you healthy (obviously use your SPF if you’re going for more than 15 minutes). Not able to take in the rays? Stock up on Vitamin D supplements. Don’t know much about Vitamin D? It’s definitely worth your attention, as it has come out as one of the more important and useful vitamins.


Dress For the Weather
The weather can be crazy, some days it’s a crisp 50 degrees and some days it’s up to the high 70’s - we almost always get sick when the weather can’t make up its mind. Dressing appropriately for the weather helps keep you protected from the elements no matter how indecisive they are.


Stay Hydrated
I say this all the time in skincare posts, but drinking enough water is key to staying healthy. Try to drink 8 16oz glasses of water a day.


Eat Healthy
Don’t get me wrong, a brownie here and there never hurt anyone, but keeping up on your fruit and veggie intake will keep you in the clear. Daily probiotics and eating certain fermented foods are also a step in the right direction since immunity is directly linked to healthy gut flora.
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Exercise
Studies show that 2.5 hours of vigorous exercise a week cuts your chances of getting the flu. Plus, exercise is a great stress reliever, keeping your cortisol levels low, and allowing you to fight off germs.


Skip the Sharing
This is one instance where the idea that sharing is caring might not be truly caring. Aside from avoiding sick people, don’t share glasses and utensils. Sure, it’s common sense, but at the same time I can’t tell you how many times “I forget” and take a sip out of the kid’s cup or use their spoon to avoid dirtying up a new one. An extra dish in the sink is definitely better than possibly infecting yourself with some germs.


What are your tips for staying germ-free? Don’t forget to grab Lysol Laundry Sanitizer in your Target’s laundry aisle and snag an extra 5% off with the Cartwheel app until November 11th.


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