A well-known folk saying says “it is better to prevent than to cure” and that is completely true because it is enough just to understand how little you need to do on a daily basis in order to prevent and avoid numerous troubles with your health. The transition period between autumn and winter is the most critical when it comes to the spread of bacteria and viruses, and that is why it is especially important to pay attention right now to everything that can help their expansion.
It is already known that vitamin C, fruits, vegetables, and enough sleep can significantly strengthen the body and help it fight infections. However, in order not to be “caught” by a cold, you can take additional, concrete measures that significantly reduce the risk of colds and flu.
How to prevent colds and avoid bacteria and viruses
A longer stay indoors is key to the transmission of bacteria and viruses from person to person, so it is important to pay more attention to hygiene, both personal and the hygiene of your living space, and whenever you can take the opportunity to stay in the fresh air. When it comes to the enclosed space in which you reside, then it is important to make sure that it is sterile and unsuitable for further development and survival of bacteria and viruses.
Here are some tips that can help you prevent and fight the infection:
1 Make sure your clothes are always clean
The clothes you wear are primarily intended to protect you from the cold and other weather conditions and troubles, but they can also be very suitable for collecting bacteria, whether you are walking down the street, driving public transport, or at work. That is why it is important to wash all the clothes you wear well, and one thing that can help you eliminate all the bacteria and viruses that have gotten on your wardrobe along the way is a steam iron. It is generally known that a steam iron kills bacteria, and if you treat your clothes with one such iron, you will be sure that it is completely safe to put it on again.
2 Vacuum your house regularly
The floors are certainly the least clean part of everyone’s house, and carpets are very suitable for the accumulation of dirt, and thus germs that can endanger your health. What is important is that you have a vacuum cleaner in your home that will not raise dust during use and spread it further around the room. The ideal vacuum cleaner is one that filters the exhaust air and destroys the bacteria that are in your home. Also, the use of a disinfectant on parquet or laminate, and especially on tiles, if you have them, is highly recommended in order to remove all those hidden germs that you have brought into the house on your shoes.
3 Handles are a favorite place for bacteria
It is generally known that handles are the place where the largest number of bacteria is located, and since we touch them with our hands, they are also the biggest carriers of infection. That’s reason enough to seriously address the disinfection of all the handles in your home. Make a solution of one-third of alcohol and two-thirds of water and thus wipe all the handles, but also the switches, telephone, computer mouse, remote control, and all other places that you constantly touch with your hands.
4 Disinfect kitchen elements as well
The kitchen is a place where you stay and prepare food every day, which is why it is very important that the place is extremely clean and sterile so that you do not get bacteria and viruses through food. In order not to artificially coat kitchen elements and surfaces, it is best to use vinegar or lemon juice, which are great for disinfecting and eliminating all harmful organisms.
5 Regular room ventilation
In order to prevent the retention of ingested bacteria in your home, it is obligatory to ventilate all rooms well at least several times a day so that fresh air flows through them. It is best that after each long stay in a certain room, as well as after each visit to someone, you ventilate that space so that bacilli do not stay in it and spread, which can later be the cause of a cold or flu.
What else can you do to protect yourself?
Maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the house does not only mean regular cleaning and washing, but also a regular change of certain things. There are a lot of things that “have a shelf life”, that is, which you have to replace from time to time, considering that they represent a suitable ground for the development and spread of bacteria and viruses.
Toothbrush – The dentist’s recommendation is to change the toothbrushes every three months, not only so that you can wash them well, but also to prevent the development of bacteria on them.
Hairbrush – daily combing keeps many bacteria on the hairbrush that you “picked up” with your hair while you were outside.
Towels – the first tip is not to use the same towel for both face and hands, and the second is to dry the towels well after each use to reduce the chance of bacteria multiplying.
Pillows – it is recommended that the pillows be washed every three months so that you do not expose your face to dirt and bacteria.
In addition to taking care of personal hygiene and the hygiene of your environment, good defense against colds will be supported by regular physical activity, a varied diet, which includes many fruits and vegetables, but also honey, as well as good and quality sleep. If you meet all these conditions, it is very likely that you will pass this winter season without problems with sneezing, fever, and other annoying symptoms of colds and flu.