Prevent Catching a Cold or Flu with These Hygiene Protocols.
1. Washing Your Hands Regularly
Washing your hands regularly one of the best ways to prevent the spread of colds and flu. Furthermore, cross-contamination with unwell people is the most significant contributor to the spread of viruses. So, wash your hands with soap and warm water after:
- Shaking hands.
- Touching door handles or handrails.
- Using an ATM, touching money.
- Touching surfaces that other people use regularly.
2. Put Your Used Tissues In The Rubbish Bin.
Put you your used tissues in the rubbish bin and wash your hands. Don’t leave the germs to spread all over the place.
3. Wash Up
Wash up, put your dirty cups in the dishwasher. Don’t share cups, glasses, plates, cutlery and towels with other people even your family.
4. Cover Your Nose
Cover your nose when sneezing and mouth when coughing. Did you know that when you sneeze the mucus travels at over 160 km per hour. The viral droplets can be active for up to 45 minutes after the sneeze. Don’t forget to wash your hands
5. Keep Surfaces Clean
Keep surfaces clean with an environmental friendly multi-purpose cleaner like eucalyptus or tea tree base.
- kitchen and bathroom bench tops
- Communal areas – kitchen bench tops, toilets, bathrooms, shopping trolley handles
6. Don’t Put Your Hands in Your Mouth
Don’t put your hands in your mouth unless you have washed them.
7. Don’t Touch the Handrail
Don’t touch the handrail on the stairs or escalator unless you need too. Afterwards, wash your hands.
8. Keep Anti-bacterial Wipes
Keep anti-bacterial wipes in your bag or pocket.
9. Change Pillowcase
Change pillowcase regularly with a clean one.
10. Don’t Clean Your Fingernails With Your Teeth
Don’t clean your fingernails with your teeth, as germs can get right into your system.
11. Maintain Nasal Hygiene
Maintain nasal hygiene. It is often forgotten. Use a saline nasal spray to help to cleanse the nasal tissues and flush out viruses from the nose maintaining nasal immunity.
12. Clean Your Toothbrush
Clean your toothbrush once per week. Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months.
How to clean your toothbrush
- In a small cup, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water.
- Place your toothbrush in the cup, make sure the bristles are covered
- Leave to soak overnight – can also help to kill germs.
- Note apple cider vinegar has been shown to be anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and it is natural.
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Written by: Brendon Groves Clinical Naturopathic Practitioner and Founder of Groves Naturopathics