How to Sterilize Your Home After a Nasty Case of the Flu

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Fever above 100 degrees is a typical symptom of the flu.
Fever above 100 degrees is a typical symptom of the flu.

Everyone over the age of 6 months should get an annual flu vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the vaccine is not 100 percent effective. If someone in your household comes down with the flu, it's important for all families members that the home be as sterile as possible to prevent contagion.

Fill up your kitchen sink with hot water and one cup of bleach. Take all utensils that are used continuously and place them in the water for at least an hour. While the utensils are soaking, dampen a cloth with the bleach mixture and wipe down all surrounding areas inside the kitchen. Once the utensils have soaked for an hour, clean with dish soap and allow to air dry. Remove all trash from trash cans and put outside for pickup.

Strip all of the beds and pillows in the house. Turn on the clothes washer and add a teaspoon of bleach to the water. Let water agitate a couple of minutes and place all sheets and pillow cases inside. Spray the mattresses and pillows with disinfectant.

Spray your vacuum filter with disinfectant and vacuum all rugs and carpeting. If you have wooden floors, fill up a mop bucket with hot water and one cup of bleach and mop the floors. Open some windows, since bleach can be somewhat overpowering.

Spray everything with disinfectant, including door handles, furniture, faucets, tubs, toilets and your computer mouse.

Things You Will Need

  • Clorox bleach
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Five or six clean rags
  • Trash bags
  • Empty bucket

Tip

Make sure everyone washes his hands on a regular basis.