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How To Flu-Proof Your Home.

Flu germs can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours, so target these hot spots in particular.

1. The Remote Control

Especially since it’s not necessarily in our consciousness to wash our hands after we’ve touched our household remotes, swipe a disinfecting wipe over them every few days during flu season.

2. Doorknobs

Touched repeatedly by many hands, without our awareness and rarely cleaned, doorknobs can become hotbeds of germs. Wipe them every time you clean the bathrooms.

3. Light Switches

Another touch point for every person in the house, incorporate wiping down switch plates and switches into your cleaning regimen.

4. Faucet Handles

These can render even the best hand-washing session useless if they’ve been touched by someone who’s sick. Disinfect faucets regularly.

5. Refrigerator Handle

Another surface that all but the smallest people in your home probably touch with regularity. Aim to wipe down quickly at the end of every day.

6. Your Phone

You touch your phone when you’re out and about picking up who knows what from public door handles, shopping carts, etc. Wipe your phone down with a disinfecting wipe regularly.

7. Dishes

The dishwasher is an excellent disinfecting tool, so wash as many dishes as you can in it, instead of hand washing.

8. Tables and Desks

Make sure to wipe down these large hard surfaces so that nothing spreads via these spots where many people sit and set their things down.

9. Dish Rags, Sponges, and Towels

While these aren’t hard surfaces, anything wet, especially if there are food particles involved, is a happy, happy place for any germs. Switch out rags, sponges, and dish and hand towels regularly and wash them in very hot water, separate from other laundry.

About AJ

Your afternoon host AJ has been in Seattle for over 5 years and SO much has happened in his life since moving here. He and his wife of 7 years Nicole, had their first baby (Max...he is now 2) and they bought their first home here. When AJ isn't on the air, at a sporting event supporting one of our local teams (ESPECIALLY the Sounders and Seahawks) or hosting an event for one of the organizations that he works with including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, March For Babies, Susan G Komen and Washington Trails Association, he is more than likely climbing a mountain! "I love everything this place has to offer, from world-class entertainment, to the incredible food to all of its natural beauty with so many amazing mountains and trails at our doorstep! I LOVE the Pacific Northwest and am proud to call it home and do what I love to do with an incredible group of people."