3 Things You Need To Clean After a Cold

3 Things You Need To Clean After a Cold

Taryn Williford
Jan 10, 2012

Statistics say that you will catch anywhere between two to four colds this winter. Chances are, after the hustle, bustle and sleepless nights of the holiday season, you're getting over one right now. Take a few steps to rid your most-touched technology of germs, helping prevent spreading the bug.

Think about things you touch every day. There's nothing that gets more action and close (really close) attention than these household devices—especially when you're home sick recovering from a seasonal sickness.

Your Phone
The more tasks your super-smart phone is able to tackle—communication, games, organization—the more time you spend gripping it in your hands and holding it up to your face. To disinfect your phone without damaging it, coat a cotten pad or swab with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the outside of your phone.

Bonus: The next time you're sick, remember to use your phone on "speaker" as much as possible. Keeping the phone away from your face will seriously help prevent the spread of germs.

Your Computer Keyboard
Between entertaining yourself with cat videos and looking up the menu for the deli up the street, your computer or laptop keyboard probably saw some action while you were sick. And thanks to the nooks and crannies between keys, germs have lots of space to hide. Unplug your keyboard from the computer (if you can—laptop owners should fully shut down their machines) and wipe it down with a damp disinfecting wipe. Make sure the wipe is just barely damp, not dripping wet. Wring it out before taking it to your keyboard.

Bonus: You probably were exposed to cold germs before you came down with symptoms and decided to take a sick day from work. It's a good idea to disinfect your office keyboard when you get back in the office. Do it before you catch up on emails.

Your TV Remote
When you camp out on the sofa for a day of rest and recovery, what is on the coffee table next to you? Tissues and the TV remote, right? Grossly enough, you're catching germs with both of them. Using a disinfecting wipe or spray, wipe down your TV remote for a clean slate and healthy home.

Bonus: Clean all your remotes. Even if you never touched the surround sound or Apple TV remote, you might keep them stored with the others. Wipe them each down with a disinfectant, plus the caddy or container you store them in.

(Images: 1. Flickr user Eduardo O. licensed for use under Creative Commons, 2. 5 Parts of Your Home Tech You Probably Never Clean)

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