Halloween may be over, but the most frightening time of the year has only just begun. While cold and flu season generally start in October, they really hit their stride in November and December. As people begin to hibernate in their homes and turn up their heaters, the viruses thrive in the dry, cold air. Germs run amok as people crowd together indoors, and “crossover exposure” can occur as people travel from other states and regions (some of which have completely different pathogens) to visit family and friends during the holidays. If you want to keep your family healthy, you’ll need to stock up on some of the best cleaning supplies around.
It’s important to remember that your own germs won’t make you sick; other people’s germs are to blame. The key is to minimize your exposure to their germs (without reducing your social life or becoming a hermit). If you want to take some proactive steps to prevent germs from spreading, you’ll need to build an effective cleaning arsenal. Stock up on the best cleaning supplies so that you and your family can stay healthy throughout flu season this year.
The Best Cleaning Supplies to Stock Up on During Flu Season
Nothing can replace good old hand soap. In fact, the CDC maintains, “Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations” (source). Look for a hand soap that is tough on germs, gentle on hands, and does not leave your skin dry or coated in residue. Beyond those specifications, feel free to buy whatever soap you like, in whatever scent you like.
Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer
Although thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water is truly the best way to clean away germs, a good hand sanitizer can be used when you don’t have soap and water handy. It can reduce the number of microbes on the hands or provide you with an extra layer of protection. Choose an alcohol-free hand sanitizer so that you don’t dry out your hands (which could create tiny cracks in the skin, giving germs an easy entrance into your body). The SafeSpace Instant Hand Sanitizer is free of alcohol and contains emollients to soothe your skin.
You can’t go wrong with an all-purpose cleaner, which is typically available in a spray form for convenient application. Try to find a safe product that doesn’t rely on harmful chemicals and effectively eradicates germs. Combine this with paper towels or – better yet – a microfiber cloth that you can use again and again. In addition to an all-purpose cleaner, you may wish to grab some disinfecting wipes, which combine the spray and towel into one handy product.
If you’ve never heard of a germ fogger, prepare to be amazed. The SafeSpace Disinfectant Germ Fogger contains a powerful, hospital-grade, EPA-approved disinfectant that produces 6,000 cubic feet of disinfecting fog. It kills 99 percent of the germs responsible for colds and the flu as well as other illnesses, like staph, MRSA, and more. In addition to homes, germ foggers come in handy in offices, classrooms, RVs, hotel rooms, cruise ship cabins, gyms, yoga studios, daycares, and on and on the list goes.
To use the germ fogger, simply remove all people and pets from the space, shake the can and remove the safety cover cap, place the can on a newspaper in the center of the room, press and lock the total release valve lever, and exit the room. In just one hour, the space will be disinfected and safe to reenter. You’ll be shocked at how quickly and conveniently it reduces the number of germs in a space.
Disinfecting Auto Mist
If you share a car amongst family members, carpool with family and friends, or often use rental cars, we encourage you to purchase a disinfecting auto mist like the SafeSpace Auto Germ & Odor Eliminator. It releases a fine, contact disinfectant that kills germs and deodorizes your car without leaving behind stains, spots, or residue.
Did you know that most popular auto cabin sprays don’t even kill germs? They aren’t approved by the EPA because they simply mask the odors in the vehicle, many of which are caused by gases given off by the living, growing, reproducing bacteria located in the nooks and crannies of the cabin. Yuck! The SafeSpace Auto Germ & Odor Eliminator, on the other hand, does exactly what it says on the label: kills bacteria and viruses and deodorizes the cabin air. So while you may adore the festive look and smell of a pine tree air freshener dangling from your rear-view mirror, remember that it won’t make your vehicle cleaner or healthier.
To stock up on all the best cleaning supplies, purchase the SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit. You’ll get everything you need to keep yourself and your family healthy: hand sanitizers, disinfecting and deodorizing mists, and disinfectant foggers. For more information about SafeSpace, contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-735-2506.