It doesn’t take a germ warrior to keep your family well protected from bug-borne illness. Just follow these seven steps:

• Wash hands at strategic times
Teach children to wash their hands before eating and after going to the bathroom, petting an animal, or playing outside.

• Don’t skimp on scrubbing
Do hand washing right. With soap and water, it takes 20 seconds of scrubbing to kill the germs that need to be killed.

• Carry cleaner with you
Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with you for visits to playgrounds, mall food courts, and other places where a sink might not be handy. Squirt some out and rub it over every part of your hands and your child’s hands until they’re dry.

• Squelch the scariest germs
After preparing meat or poultry, wash cutting boards with hot, soapy water and spray countertops with disinfectant. The bacteria commonly found on raw meats – including campylobacter, salmonella, and E. coli – are more dangerous than any other germs you’re likely to have in the house.

• Tend injuries with TLC
Wash small cuts and scrapes with soap and water. For deeper cuts, apply an antibacterial ointment, put on a bandage, and change the bandage every day until the wound heals.

• Stop germs at the door
Make sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccinations, including their yearly flu shot or nasal spray flu vaccine. A child in daycare or school who’s been vaccinated against the flu is less likely to bring home a bug that can infect the entire family.

• Do a wipe-down
If someone in your house is sick, take a moment to clean doorknobs, television remotes, toys, and other items your children touch throughout the day. Use a household cleaner or make your own:

Author: Lindsey Johnson

Serves: 1 gallon


1½ cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
½ cup lemon juice
12 cups filtered water
Combine the ingredients in a gallon-size bottle. Use to disinfect, whiten laundry, and clean.
by combining 1 tablespoon of bleach alternative with 1 quart (4 cups) of water.

*Article Reprinted from: by Chris Woolston, September 2010.