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    Flu-Proofing Your Home

    By By Jeannette Calle
    January 05, 2013, 8:59:17 AM EST

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    It's that time of year again- the flu season. The flu season runs from October through April. During the flu season, no matter where you turn, you'll find someone coughing or sneezing and spreading germs.

    Although, the best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting vaccinated, there are some things to consider to further flu-proof your surroundings.

    For example, if your little ones are constantly on the floor, make sure to keep a clean mop. Mops carry germs which can be easily spread from room to room. Disposable mop pads are a good option since they can be used once to disinfect, then thrown away. If you opt for something more eco-friendly, like a reusable mop, make sure to sanitize it at a very high temperature after each use.

    Another way to flu-proof your home is by getting rid of bacteria on sponges. Throwing your sponge in the microwave for about two minutes kills 99 percent of germs and bacteria! But first make sure the sponge is wet, and that it doesn't contain any metals.

    Also, make sure to frequently clean off your computer keyboard, phone, and remote controls. By disinfecting these items weekly, you can reduce your exposure to colds and the flu by 50 percent.

    Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more ways to protect against the influenza virus: www.cdc.gov/flu/.

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