Cleaning Tips to Prevent Spread of Germs

With cold and flu season here, now is a great time to remember all of the little things that get touched that can harbor germs. Remembering to clean the little things around the house will help prevent the spread of germs. We clean our homes but often overlook those little things to clean during or after someone has been sick.

Here is a list for you to help remember the items or areas that get handled and touched a lot so you can wipe them down often to prevent illnesses in your home.
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* Phones (Home Phones & Cell Phones)
* TV Remote Controls
* Door Knobs and Light Switches
* Kitchen Cabinet Knobs & Handles
* Handles on Appliances (microwave, refrigerator, oven, freezer, etc.)
* Bathroom Sink Faucet Handles, Shower Heads, Tub Faucet Handles, Toilet Flusher)
* Lamp Light Switches
* Toothbrushes Changed Regularly (Toss when sick and never house the family’s toothbrushes in the same holder.)
* Eyeglass Case and Eyeglasses/Sunglasses
* Tissue Box Holders (store in plastic or fabric holders, clean outside holder often during wintertime season)
* Hair Brushes & Combs (especially the handles)
* Door Bell and Door Knockers
* Wash Linens Frequently!

Tip: Don’t forget to spray the inside of your car often with Lysol and to wipe down hard surfaces in your car every few weeks, especially after someone who was sick was riding in your vehicle.


  1. Robin Wilson says:

    This is a great list. There are several things on here that I hadn’t thought of. Since the flu has already hit out house and I still cannot get over my own sinus infection we are trying to be much more careful. For instance, my hubby who had/still getting over the ful and I who has a low immune system have been using separate bathrooms.

  2. md kennedy says:

    I find one the most gross spots is indeed in the car – the steering wheel. When you drive it is hard to take your eyes off the road and elbow-sneeze – you kind of just have to let it go and it ends up all over the steering wheel. The cell phone is another awfully germy spot, too. I regularly throw our toothbrushes, brushes and combs into the dishwasher, and sponges all go in in every cycle.

  3. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    Thank you for this list. It will be helpful when I am cleaning. Other places one might not think of are the tops of the dining room chairs and tables/ holders where objects are placed. I use a lot of Lysol.

  4. This is a great list and you have some things on here that even I hadn’t thought of like hair brush handles. I use wipes on Everything when someone is sick and even in routine cleaning. Thanks for sharing this post you guys always have the best information.

  5. Sherry Compton says:

    Wonderful list! Thank you. Flu season is in full bloom, and we need to clean often. You need to think about all the surfaces we touch. Phones, remotes, and handles are germ magnets. Our trash can I behind a door which needs to be cleaned frequently. Tables where kleenexes or objects the sick peron touched need to be disinfected, too. Wash your hands often and take care of yourself.