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Updated March 2019 with the Coronavirus concerns.
Family get-togethers. Holiday decorations. Brisk mornings mandating a sweater, cup of tea, and a good book.
These are a few of my favorite things this time of year.
But there’s also something I don’t like.
The fall and winter holiday season I so impatiently wait for all year goes by another name, one I dread – cold and flu season. And then enter the concerns we all have with the Coronavirus.
In my family, we can’t take any chances. I have to do everything I can, and I mean everything, to avoid getting sick. For me, coming down with a cold or flu means my asthma kicks in and I’m potentially out of commission for up to 3 months. As a wife and mother, that can be devastating.
Not only is it difficult for the family to function without me, but it can be an extremely dangerous time when I’m suffering from asthma (emergency rooms are no stranger to me).
It’s imperative that everyone in my family stays healthy, and that can be challenging with a tween in middle school (hello germs!) a husband who is always on the go, and a mom (me) who has a packed travel schedule. I combat this while we are out and about coming into contact with others, but I also combat this by keeping our home as clean as I can. I’m sharing a few of my top tips with you today.
Quick Cleaning Tips for a Healthy Home
Keeping our home as germ-free as possible is important, especially considering everything and everyone we come into contact within the “outside” world. As I took a short flight this weekend, I watched as so many children and adults coughed and sneezed without covering their mouths and noses. It’s no wonder cold and flu season can wreak havoc.
Create a “Mud Room”
We’ve all admired those incredible homes with what’s known as a mud room, a small room or entryway where shoes, jackets, purses, and others items can be removed before going any further into the house.
In my house, it’s the laundry room. We’ve organized it and I’m in love with the system. It doesn’t have to be a separate room, just a designated place to leave the outside world behind as best you can.
It’s where my daughter has left her muddy shoes after she’s been at the park. It’s where she drops her backpack, the one with a gazillion school germs on it. It’s where I gently hang my handbag. It’s where we try to drop what we bring into the house.
This system has really worked well at keeping the “germiest of germs” contained for us.
TIP: Have kids change clothes after school. Change clothes after riding public transportation (trains, subway, planes, etc).
Clean Your Technology
Smartphones. School issued iPads. Laptops.
We collect so many necessary pieces of technology these days. From the office to the airport and from the high school to the coffee shop, these devices are exposed to countless germs.
I’d love to follow a smartphone around all day and see just where it’s been. I’ve cringed as I’ve watched smartphones being taken into public restrooms and held by hands that have not yet been washed (but have touched restroom handles and all things related). Hands eventually get washed (most of the time – GASP!), but those phones sure don’t.
Since we are not often without them, it only makes sense that they harbor horrible germs.
There are many ways to disinfect a device. In my family, we use a disinfectant wipe to clean all devices as soon as we come home. We all have cases on our devices, so disinfectant wipes have not been a problem. If you don’t have a case – get one!
Use the Dishwasher Sanitize Cycle
For generations, the women in my family have washed most dishes by hand. That’s not to say that my mom didn’t use the dishwasher on occasion, she did, but there were so many things that HAD to be washed by hand – like pots and pans, cookie sheets, etc. You can imagine my excitement when I realized they could be washed in the dishwasher, something I use almost exclusively. 🙂
With a dishwasher, I’ve always felt like the dishes were getting cleaned better than when using a dishpan and sponge. But for those times when hand washing is necessary, I put those used sponges in the dishwasher to be disinfected and cleaned! That’s a trick I learned years ago – top rack only!
One unique thing about a dishwasher I love this time of year is that you can use the sanitize cycle (check to see if yours has one – can also be called SaniWash or antibacterial). When a member of the family isn’t feeling well, has a cold, or even the flu, definitely wash all dishes in this cycle. It heats the water to a temperature that helps eliminate germs more than usual, something to keep in mind this season.
Store and Clean Luggage
This traveling family has just a few pieces of luggage. There are the huge over-sized suitcases that we never use anymore (can’t go over the 50 pound weight requirement without a hefty bill). We’ve got the overnight carry-on suitcases and everything in between. I’ve lost count of how many “things” we have to carry everything when we travel, but one thing is clear – they are filthy.
Yes, I said filthy.
The outside of suitcases – filthy! In airplanes. In cars. In hotel rooms. On floors.
The inside of suitcases – filthy! Dirty and smelly clothes.
We do two things to combat this. We store all luggage outside in the garage, instead of closets inside the house. We also clean and wipe down the handles and insides so that it’s fresh and ready for clean clothes to be packed once again.
Make Tea A Part of Your Day
While you are spending a few minutes cleaning, don’t forget about taking care of you. That can include a cup of tea.
I grew up in a Lipton Tea family. To this day, my grandmother always has a glass of tea by her side. Come to think of it, she’s not sick very often either.
Lipton has a line of teas that I just discovered, something a bit different from the classic tea bag I know so well. I’m talking about the Lipton Wellness range, made with carefully selected botanicals and blended with essential oils, helps make wellbeing a part of your everyday routine.
Try Lipton’s Daily Support: An excellent source of Vitamin C, this herbal infusion helps support your body’s natural defenses.*
My pick is Soothe Your Tummy: An herbal infusion for those times your tummy feels less than its best.*
There is also Bedtime Bliss: An herbal infusion that sings you to sleep, like a lullaby in a cup.*
Stock Up and Use Kleenex®
We keep talking about all those coughs and sneezes this time of year. One thing is clear, whether at home or on the go, people really need to stock up and use Kleenex. From tissues to wet wipes, they have you covered this season.
You don’t need to head to your local Kroger and stock up just because Kleenex has 3-Ply extra soft tissues which deliver gentle care and relief. That is just the icing on the cake. Dependable Care and Ultimate Softness is what I need when I’m sick, but it’s also something I need to use to prevent sharing my germs with those I love.
Oh, and did I mention you might want to use Kleenex Wet Wipes? They safely wipe away 99% of germs from skin no harsh chemicals! Add that to the grocery list!
HOT TIP: Kleenex is offering FREE Home Delivery (where home delivery is available) through November 11, 2018. Don’t forget to grab your Kleenex coupons!
- Check your in-store circular for the 11/4 coupon for .50¢ Off Kleenex Facial Tissue or Wipes.
- Also look for the $1.50 coupon on 4-pack Kleenex Facial Tissues, for Kleenex Germ Removal Wet Wipes.
- And, 11/4-11/24 you can get .50¢ off Kleenex 4-pack bundles and Kleenex Wet Wipes via this digital offer.
When and If You Get Sick This Season – Theraflu from a Coffee Maker?
I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you what I discovered just in case you or a loved one gets sick this season – Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold which works right with most single-serve coffee makers!
Found at your local Kroger store, these fast-relieving pods work on even your severe symptoms. There are even Nightime Power Pods as well. No prescription needed!
Press. Sip. Relief.
Did I mention BRILLIANT?
From the comfort of your own home and as easy as making a cup of coffee, Theraflu just made a huge contribution to my well-being and sanity when sick. It relieves symptoms due to a cold like a headache, minor aches and pains, nasal and sinus congestion, cough, etc. Oh, and it temporarily reduces fever!
You can save $2.00 on any ONE (1) Theraflu Power Pods through 12/8, via this digital offer.
Definitely put this on the grocery list this season!
We can’t let cold and flu season get the best of us this year.
Visit Kroger to stock up on these supplies and take advantage of the quick cleaning tips for a healthy home. Your body (and your family) will thank you!
Kleenex – ©KCWW, Lipton – © 2018 Unilever Theraflu – ©2018 the GSK group of companies or its licensor. Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.