It can be difficult to break the germs cycle in your family, especially during winter. Once one family member starts feeling unwell, the rest usually follow.
You can help keep germs at bay with some back-to-basics household hygiene strategies.
Wash your hands
Handwashing is one of the simplest and most effective ways of halting the spread of germs. Make it a house rule to wash hands before cooking and eating, after wiping noses, sneezing or coughing and after going to the toilet. Use warm water and an anti-bacterial soap – a liquid hand wash like Dettol Refresh Antibacterial Hand Wash is preferable as it is less likely to harbour bacteria than bar soap.
Make sure you clean in between fingers, under nails, around the wrists and across the backs of both hands for about 20 seconds. If you’re having trouble convincing kids to wash regularly, think about investing in a foaming handwash like Dettol Touch of Foam Hand Wash. The instant bubbles have lots of kid-appeal!
Have a bottled back-up
Keep a hand sanitiser, like Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser, in your bag or in the car (or both!). Soap or hand wash and water are best for handwashing, but alcohol-based sanitisers are a great interim measure when you’re out and about.
The cough rules
Once upon a time, it was polite to cough or sneeze into your hands. That technique is now out of favour, since we know that this can transfer germs onto your hands. These days, the advice is to cough or sneeze into a tissue. If one is not available, sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
The tissue rules
Don’t let used tissues hang around! Used tissues should go straight in the bin.
Keep surfaces clean
Regularly wipe down surfaces, such as benchtops and tables, with a simple detergent. Floors are important, too, especially if there are small children in the house. Mopping with warm soapy water or a disinfectant should do the trick.
Keep toys clean
It’s almost impossible to stop your child from handling toys with less than perfectly clean hands, not to mention putting those toys straight into his or her mouth. Make a point of washing plastic toys at the end of the day to help prevent the spread of germs to other family members. And put soft toys through the washing machine when you can.
LIVE WELL RECOMMENDS
Dettol Refresh Antibacterial Hand Wash With Citrus Extracts
Helps provide your skin with a delicate care and fresh fragrance, and kills 99.9% of germs to help you stay healthy. Containing citrus extracts, its unique gentle formulation and lathering power leaves your hands feeling soft, refreshed and cleansed of germs. Dermatologically tested. Also available in Moisture, Classic, Revitalise and Sensitive variants.
Dettol Touch of Foam Hand Wash
Beautifully scented Dettol Touch of Foam Hand Wash is soft on skin and hard on germs to deliver healthy skin protected from germs and dryness. Its dense, non-drip lather kills 99.9% of germs and removes dirt, while its microbubbles deliver moisture to the skin. Hands feel soft and comfortable after every wash. The bubbly hand wash is also a great way to get kids to wash their hands.
Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser
Kills 99.99% of germs without water for effective protection against germs on-the-go.