I’m sharing how to prevent the flu this cold and flu season featuring Zep as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars
Just when I thought we had escaped the winter ills, the whole family fell sick. Looking back on the winter I realized I had gone from anal Annie to relaxed Regina in the disinfecting department. The house is looking organized recently, but definitely not as cleeeeean, know what I mean?
I can’t believe I’m admitting this out loud.
It’s kind of embarrassing, so please tell me I’m not the only one who starts cold and flu season with a sprayer full of Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant on hand at all times? I spend a great deal of time making sure everyone’s hands are thoroughly washed, that the doorknobs are all sprayed down, and that our sheets are changed every Sunday without fail. Then I realized, like most things in my life, I had let the disinfecting decrease from daily to once a week, I wasn’t making the kids wash their hands as soon as they walked in the house, and I definitely went two weeks between changing the sheets.
Yep, BAM! Sick.
Errbody. Errbody in the house gettin’ sickie.
Of course the goal is to remain well, and as soon as we fell ill, I got back on the constant cleaning train again, but what do you change once you’re already sick? How do you keep from getting sick during cold and flu season?
A couple things.
Start washing your hands again. Thoroughly. Kids aren’t very good at keeping their hands out of their mouths and noses. I mean, in the spirit of complete transparency, I’ve been known to pick my nose a little here and there, (pretty much every time I’m behind the wheel of a car at a stop light), so I can’t really yell at the kids over it. That would kinda be like yelling at them for drawing “tattoos” all over their bodies. Can we say “hypocrite”?
You spray everything down with Zep disinfectant and you wipe down all of the doorknobs in your house. All of them. This isn’t as daunting as it sounds, or maybe that’s just the resident of a small, beach cottage talking. We don’t have many doorknobs here, but they aren’t that difficult to clean, I promise. Spray a microfiber cloth down with either Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant or Zep Antibacterial Disinfectant Cleaner with Lemon, then go to town on those doorknobs. Of course, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the back of the package. Once they’re all sparkling clean, you can rest assured that things are disinfected to your high standards. No rhinovirus here!
Change your sheets. For realz. I’m always shocked to find out how infrequently people change their sheets. Sunday is our sheet changing day. Like I fessed up to before, I have been known to occasionally skip a week or three. Gross. It’s so gross, I know. Keeping your sheets fresh and clean is nearly as important as washing your hands for a full 20 seconds before you go digging for gold, if you know what I mean.
How do you know which products to use for cold and flu prevention?
This is way easier than you may think. Yes, the market is completely inundated with cleaning and disinfecting products, but there really is one that stands above the others. Zep Commercial, which I buy from Home Depot, is fantastic. It doesn’t smell like it could blow a hole in your olfactory system, it doesn’t give me a headache, and it actually does its job. Being healthy goes far beyond the food you put in your mouth and the energy you exert. Don’t forget that your house gets germies too, and you have to purposefully remove those germies from your home. The CDC recommends EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectants, with a label claim for any of several non-enveloped viruses (e.g. norovirus, polio virus, rhinovirus).
Guess which disinfecting product meets these guidelines?
If you guessed Zep Commercial, you’d be right.
Since you can’t lock yourself in a sterile environment during cold and flu season, do yourself a favor and head to Home Depot for some Zep Commercial cleaner.