Whether you live with members of your own family or a couple of roommates, it’s clear that when one person gets sick, every other person who lives with them automatically becomes an easy target for getting sick, too. With cold and flu season upon us once again, you may want to plan ahead by taking a few steps to prevent any germs from spreading. Here are some house hold hacks to prevent cold and flu:
BUY A NETI POT
Essentially, a neti pot pours water through your nasal canal and flushes out excess mucus and debris from your nose and sinuses with a sterile water and saline solution. It might sound gross and uncomfortable, but users claim it provides instant relief from facial pain, sinus pressure, and other nasty symptoms. True believers also say it promotes good sinus and nasal health in the future.
PORTABLE TRASH CANS
Unless you carry a trashcan with you, a stuffy nose can lead to mounds of tissues scattered around your house as you shuffle from room to room. Instead, use an empty tissue box as a portable waste basket (either an old box or a new one, with the tissues pulled out and placed in a Ziploc bag). You can also secure the empty box to a full box with rubber bands and/or tape to make it extra convenient. This trick will also prevent spreading of infection!
Studies have shown that homes with 40 to 60 percent humidity had fewer flu germs floating through the air and lingering on surfaces. A simple way to achieve this is by purchasing a portable humidifier.
Take five minutes everyday and wipe down your keyboard, mouse, and desk at work, as well as any surfaces you might have touched at home like your toothbrush, door knobs, sink handles, refrigerator handle, and bedding. This will help reduce the likelihood of passing your illness on to anyone else in your home, or (worse yet) getting sick all over again.