Germs are something most of us don’t think about until we catch a bad cold or experience a nasty bout of food poisoning. When we have kids and pets in the mix, germs and bacteria can easily become even more of a problem. You don’t want your little ones to get sick, but they’re also constantly bringing germs home from school and playdates on their hands and belongings. Luckily, you don’t have to use harsh chemicals or keep your kids inside a bubble to keep germs in check around the home. Try these five natural remedies instead:
Frequent Hand Washing
Bacteria is easily transferred from the many surfaces your hands touch every day to the rest of your body. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm and soap and make sure to teach your kids to do the same. Washing your hands before, during, and after preparing food is especially important for avoiding salmonella and other horrible food-borne stomach bugs.
Teach Kids Good Coughing and Sneezing Manners
You can’t do much to keep kids from getting exposed to germs at school, but you can teach them ways to prevent spreading any illnesses they catch. Make sure they know how to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze (or cough into their arm), and also to wash their hands afterward. This can help break the cycle of everyone in your family catching and re-catching the same cold or cough.
Wipe Down Surfaces With Vinegar
Vinegar is completely non-toxic and is known for its natural ability to kill bacteria. Diluted with water, it makes a great surface cleaner for counters, cutting boards, and germ-laden door handles. Adding some essential oil like lemon or tea tree oil will add even more germ-busting power.
Clean Your Cell Phone
According to experts, cell phones are typically covered in more germs than a toilet seat- yuck! Wipe down your cell phone with an antibacterial wipe, especially if you share it with your spouse or kids. You could also try this cool UV cell phone sanitizer.
Boost Your Immune System
The stronger your immune system (and those of your family members), the less of an effect bacteria and germs will have on you. A strong immune system allows you to be exposed to germs without getting sick easily. Try these great tips for strengthening your immune system naturally.
By following these tips you may find this winter brings your family way fewer illnesses. If you know of any other natural germ-fighting tricks, share them with us in the comments!