When the cold and flu season kicks in, you don’t want to be caught off-guard. A house that isn’t properly cleaned can become a major accomplice in the crime of making you sick. You need to take your points of contact into consideration: There are many surfaces you want interact with everyday at home that could make you sick. Continue reading “How to Clean Your Home During Cold and Flu Season”
Many people are under the impression that it is mostly outdoor allergens and substances that trigger allergies or asthma. The truth is, many of these triggers are actually found inside our homes. For those who suffer from either allergies or asthma, here are a few of the best cleaning practices that can make a difference in your home.
Some of the most common household triggers of asthma attacks and allergies include dust mites, mold, pet dander and cigarette smoke. While there is no way to eliminate these substances in the home 100%, there are strategies that can make a difference.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter around the house is the perfect place for dust to collect. Clutter left unattended can cause major issues in the home of someone with asthma or allergies. Do your best to get rid of clutter throughout your home to avoid the collection of too much dust. Try storing items in plastic bins and keeping excess items away from living spaces.
Filter Your Air
One of the best things you can do to keep your home free of the particles that can trigger an asthma or allergy attack is to use high efficiency particulate or HEPA filters to help clean the air. These filters are designed to capture nearly all air particles, including those that are most likely to cause an asthma attack. The nice thing about HEPA filters is that they come in many different shapes and sizes so you can use them in single rooms, in a vacuum or in a whole-home filtration system.
A clean and organized office is good for business. It promotes better working conditions for employees and offers a more welcoming atmosphere to visitors and clients. It’s safe to say that the cleanliness of an office has a major impact on how productive and successful the business is.
Keeping the office clean can often be a challenge. No matter how many people work in the office, messes will occur and dirt and dust will accumulate. This means that the office will need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Here are some tips for keeping your office clean:
Everything Has a Place
It’s amazing how much paperwork and files can stack up even after just a few short days. Once piles of loose papers begin to form, they seem to breed and spread to every corner of the office creating an atmosphere of sloppiness. You can prevent this mess by ensuring every file has a home. There should even be a place for paperwork that is still waiting to be looked at. Using filing cabinets, paper trays and other storage devices can help keep your office looking tidy.
There’s no way around it – people are going to get sick. This includes people in your company, your employees who you depend on to keep the business running smoothly and effectively. When they are out of the office because they are sick, they are essentially becoming an additional cost. While we can’t prevent sickness altogether, we can do things to help minimize the amount of work employees miss due to being ill.
Related: The Benefits of a Clean Desk
Some of the best ways to reduce employee sick days include both physical and mental health. Here are some suggestions that may make a difference:
Based on a recent report featured in the Journal of Environmental Health, 95% of the people reading this did not do a very good job of washing their hands when they used the bathroom today. You may have rinsed them quickly, but you did not do enough to destroy the germs that are typically present after using the bathroom.
Before we beat ourselves up too much, consider the fact that 10% of the 95% did not even bother to attempt to wash their hands. They just skipped it altogether. 33% used water, but no soap. The study also shows that men are much less likely to wash their hands after using the bathroom than women.
The study was conducted by a team from Michigan State University. They basically spent hours in restrooms in bars, restaurants, and other public places watching and tracking the hand washing practices of over 3700 people.
So here we are again in the middle of cold and flu season. Each year, millions of Americans come down with uncomfortable and debilitating illness forcing them to miss work or school for 1 or 2 days while they recover. What makes things worse is knowing that the germs that caused the sickness may have come from your own office.
Germs and contamination tend to spread rapidly at work. It may all start with just one person who has come down with the flu. Before you know it, it has spread throughout the office affecting everyone in one way or another. Sometimes it feels that no matter what you do, your turn is just around the corner.
Here are 5 things you can do to keep your office healthy and germ free:
Everyone knows that the bathroom can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. That’s why public restrooms are less than ideal potty places for most people. The truth is you can catch germs from a dirty toilet seat, but maybe not the germs you’re thinking of.
Here are the 3 most common types of bathroom germs
- E.coli (Escherichia coli): E.coli is a bacteria that lives in the intestines. One way you can acquire E. coli is by coming in contact with feces, which is why the bathroom is one place where E. coli can easily be caught. Symptoms include: vomiting, bloody diarrhea and stomach cramping.
- Staphylococcus aureus (“staph”): Staph infections are caused by bacteria that live on the skin and in the nose. It becomes a problem if the bacteria invades past the skin and deeper into the body. Symptoms of a staph infection are most noticeable on the skin and can include inflammation, redness, and pain.