tips to avoid flu and keep your family healthyThe flu season is in full swing in January and many people catch the flu during this time. With everyone around you sick, it seems like there is nothing you can do to avoid becoming sick yourself. After all, the air is full of germs. However, there are a lot of steps that you can take that will remove these germs from your home and family and work to keep yourself healthier. Here are some best practices to take during the flu season.

Wash Your Hands

The viruses that cause colds and flu can be spread in many ways. Perhaps the most common is when an infected person touches something (maybe a door handle, table, or another public surface) and then someone else touches it, picks up the germs, and then touches their own face or food.

The best way to combat this is to wash your hands regularly. It’s a good idea to wash your hands whenever you might have touched something or someone who is infected. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Be particularly careful about touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands in a while. Also wash your hands before preparing or eating food.

If no soap or hot water are available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will help, but wash your hands when you can.

Boost Your Immune System

Flu shots allow your body to build up a defense against the germs that cause the flu without you ever having to get the flu yourself. This means that if you are exposed to the flu, your body can fight against it before you get sick. There are other ways to build up your immune system and help you stay healthy as well.

Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet encourages a stronger immune system, which helps to protect you from all sorts of sickness. You don’t have to live off of just vegetables, but be sure to eat a balanced diet.

Keep yourself hydrated! Not only does water help maintain and strengthen your immune system, but it also helps your body to flush toxins out of your system and keeps you hydrated. Carrying around a water bottle will help encourage to drink water more often.

Keep Your Home Clean

Even if no one is sick in your home, we can still get sick from germs in our home. These germs are brought in on our hands, shoes, clothes, and even though the air. In order to prevent this, we need to keep our homes clean.

Wash your clothes and linens frequently. Anytime you handle dirty laundry, especially if it might be infected, wash your hands thoroughly after. Use regular detergent and hot water, and set your dryer to tumble dry on hot as well.

Wipe down the area that people in home touch the most, such as doorknobs, light switches and faucets every day to prevent germs from building up.

Your carpets and rugs help keep your home clean by trapping germs and allergens and prevent them from circulating through your home. However, eventually, your carpets get full and start releasing these contaminants back into the air. A professional carpet cleaning service like Chem-Dry of Windy City will give them a deep clean and remove those germs or allergens from your home permanently, keeping it fresh and healthy. Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process has been tested and proven by a leading independent air quality laboratory to remove an average of 89% of airborne bacteria from the home when combined with a sanitizer.


If you follow these steps, you can help keep your family safe from germs this winter season!