How to Kill Germs during Flu Season

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

The flu season is in full swing and so many people are sick with the flu or anxious about catching the flu.

What can you do to avoid catching the flu from surfaces?

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • When using a public restroom, use a tissue or paper towel after washing your hands to turn off the tap, and open doors.

How do you kill flu viruses on hard surfaces?

The flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours according to the Centers for Disease Control.  

You will need to clean AND disinfect frequently touched areas such as doorknobs, faucets, light switches, keyboards, phones, toys etc. that may be been touched by a sick person.

Washing linens and beddings

Washing germy linens and beddings in hot water, and dry at the hottest setting.

The difference between cleaning and disinfecting:

Cleaning means removing dirt and grime while disinfecting means killing a large percentage of germs living on a surface so they are unable to spread or reproduce.

What to use for disinfecting surfaces

Use disinfectants that have labels showing that the EPA has approved their product as effective against the influenza A virus.

Clorox 30577 Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipe


It does not take a lot of bleach to make a disinfecting solution.  According to the Clorox Bleach website, mix 3/4 cup regular bleach with one gallon of water.
Wipe down the infected areas with this bleach and water mixture, let stand for five minutes and dry.  I’d test a small out of the way area first to make sure the solution does not harm the paint or fabric.  Never mix bleach with other chemicals like ammonia as this will result in a poison gas.

Essential Oils

If you want something more gentle or less irritating to the nose, some essential oils are also effective against germs.
I like the EO spray, as it has antiseptic and anti-microbial ingredients and smells wonderful.

What are you using to disinfect surfaces this flu season? Please share in the comments.

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