Avoiding the flu When Your Family Has It



Steps to Avoid the Flu!

‘Tis the season to try to avoid the flu! If someone you live with is sick, it can seem inevitable that you will, too. But there are many steps you can take to keep yourself as protected as possible through cleaning.

Instead of getting overwhelmed at the idea of disinfecting every surface in your home, try this more focused approach and you’ll get big protection with minimal time.

The flu is transmitted through bodily fluids, which means it can be passed by someone coughing or sneezing, by sharing glasses, by kissing, or by touching something that someone with the flu has also touched, and then putting your hands near your eyes, nose or mouth.

The good news is that cleaning can be very effective! Ready to clean up?


  1. Before you start to clean your house, make sure you are ALWAYS cleaning your hands after you care for your family. It’s a pain, but it’s also your best defense.
  2. Start with cleaning high-traffic areas. This doesn’t mean where people walk a lot, but where people touch a lot. Door knobs, light switches, lamp switches, toilet and sink handles, cabinet handles, phones, toys, and elevator buttons are great examples. Wipe them down with a warm soapy sponge, or your preferred disinfecting wipe regularly.
  3. Next go to areas with solid surfaces that are often touched, especially when bodily fluids are involved. Bathroom sinks, toilets and showers, tables, as well as kitchen counters and cabinets are great examples of this. Wipe them down.
  4. Wash all dishes, and be sure to include things like water glasses in the bathroom or by the bed.
  5. Do the laundry, paying especially attention to anything that your family member with the flu has touched.

It’s hard when your spouse of child has the flu, and it’s hard to think you might get it from them! Do your best to keep yourself and your areas clean, and hopefully this one will pass you by.


What are your best tips for staying healthy during seasons of illness? Tell us below!