- Watch the hot spots: Pay special attention to keeping these areas clean.
- Keep your sponges clean: Try these 5 tips.
- Use your appliances: Dishwashers, washing machines and dryers don't only clean clothes, they also kill germs via high heat.
- Wash your hands: Hand washing's the best protection against the flu. Wash your hands frequently and encourage your children to do the same.
- Pay attention to your cutting board: Use a separate board for raw meats and consider swapping out your plastic boards for wooden ones.
- Consider copper: Though the trend has been towards stainless in the past few years, there's some evidence that copper - sinks, door knobs and pans - may have anti-viral properties
- Humidify: It seems counter-intuitive to us but apparently viruses have a harder time thriving and multiplying in humid air.
- Ultraviolet: Okay, this seems a little extreme but if you can find an ultraviolet air purification system, it inhibits the growth of mold and fungi
- Air filters: We've become a recent convert of these, especially in the bedroom.
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