If someone in the family falls ill, measures must be taken to protect others from infection.
1. Doorknobs and other high-touch surfaces
2. Bed linen, towels, bedspreads, blankets, cushions.
3. Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, dishes, handkerchiefs.
1. Wash all handles and faucets. Favorite habitats for bacteria are things that all family members touch several times a day: door and cabinet handles, bathroom and kitchen taps, etc. Bacteria and viruses can live on their surface for 48 hours! Treat the handles with a special disinfectant. First remove visible dirt and grime, then apply the product (usually sold as a spray) and leave it on the surface without wiping it off. Pay attention to the instructions: for best results, the disinfectant must remain on the surface for the specified time. If it evaporates (dries out) too quickly, repeat the treatment. For items that cannot be wetted (remote controls, switches or telephone), wipe with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
2. Change your bed often. Since a sick person with the flu or a cold spends most of his time in bed, pay special attention to it. Change bed linen and towels frequently. Wash items at the highest temperature, if the instructions on the label allow it. It is good if your machine is equipped with an antibacterial drying function. Also, do not forget about decorative pillows, blankets and bedspreads. If they cannot be washed, spray the fabrics with a disinfectant spray after trying on an inconspicuous area. We recommend rinsing the washing machine after washing without loading it with clothes. Use normal machine cycle and add bleach.
3. Personal hygiene products. Perhaps you wash the dishes of a sick person more thoroughly and longer than usual. But it turns out that this is not necessary. Just wash it in the usual way - in the dishwasher or in hot water with dishwashing detergent. It is much more important to pay attention to used tissues and handkerchiefs that the patient uses. They can not be left on the bedside table, in bed and accumulated in the wastebasket. Therefore, immediately throw them away and treat the basket with disinfectant wipes. Also buy the patient a new toothbrush and keep it separate.
To make it easier next time:
• Buy hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Give the patient a separate hand towel or paper towels.
• Keep a separate container for used paper handkerchiefs. Insert a plastic bag into it to make it easier to throw out the accumulated garbage.
What you need:
• Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
• Washing machine