A Proven Flu Cleaning Strategy Your Home Desperately Needs

A Proven Flu Cleaning Strategy Your Home Desperately Needs

A Proven Flu Cleaning Strategy Your Home Desperately Needs

As the leaves start to fall and the temperature drops here in Highlands Ranch, another season is knocking on our doors—flu season. It’s that time of the year when the sniffles and coughs become all too common. Especially if you have kids.

While we can’t control the changing seasons, we can certainly take charge of how we prepare our homes to combat the flu virus. Let’s discuss some practical cleaning and hygiene strategies to create a strong defense in your home during flu season.

Understanding Flu Transmission

The flu, short for influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory virus. It travels through the air, making its way from person to person with a simple. Or if you’re my toddler, the constant coughing in dad’s face. But did you know it also loves to linger on surfaces? That doorknob you just turned or the light switch you flicked could be harboring the flu virus. It’s a sneaky traveler, but with the right cleaning measures, we can outsmart this sickness and keep our homes flu-free.


Actual Flu Virus Under Microscope
Actual Flu Virus Under Microscope

Key Areas to Focus Your Cleaning Efforts

Not all surfaces are created equal in the eyes of the flu virus. It has its favorites—those high-touch areas we interact with multiple times a day. We’re talking about doorknobs, light switches, faucets, and even our smartphones. Focus your cleaning efforts on these high-traffic zones, and you’re hitting the flu where it hurts the most. It’s like having a targeted approach to cleaning, ensuring you’re disrupting the flu virus’s favorite hangout spots.


These are the gatekeepers to every room—constantly turned by hands that have been who knows where. Regular disinfection can curb the spread of germs from person to person.

Light Switches

It’s a flick of a switch multiple times a day, by everyone in the house, often without a second thought. Cleaning these can disrupt a very common transmission route for viruses.


Whether it’s for a glass of water or a handwash, faucets are touched frequently and can serve as a reservoir for flu viruses, making them a top priority for cleaning.


Our constant companions that go everywhere with us—from the bathroom to the dining table, smartphones are high-touch devices that can harbor more germs than a toilet seat.


As the stage for meal prep and the catch-all for keys, mail, and more, countertops encounter a multitude of items and are a crossroads for germs, necessitating regular disinfection.

Choosing the Right Cleaning Supplies for Flu Fighting

Now that we know where to clean, let’s talk about how to clean. Your choice of cleaning supplies is crucial in ensuring the elimination of the flu virus. While there’s a multitude of products out there, they’re not all created equal when it comes to killing germs. It’s worth investing in EPA-registered disinfectants, which are proven to be effective against influenza viruses. For those who prefer a more natural route, options like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol-based cleaners can also pack a punch against germs. Remember, reading and following the instructions on cleaning products is key to ensuring their effectiveness. Here’s a quick rundown on some ingredients to look out for:

Isopropyl Alcohol

A potent germicide, isopropyl alcohol is great for sanitizing surfaces and is particularly effective against the flu virus when used in concentrations of 70% or higher.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This household staple not only cleans but also disinfects. It’s a safer alternative to harsher chemicals and works by producing free radicals that destroy the flu virus.

Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite)

When diluted properly, bleach is a disinfection champion, capable of killing the flu virus on hard, nonporous surfaces within minutes. Just be careful with it. Spill this on your carpet and you’ll have a bigger headache than the one a flu can give you.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds

Commonly found in disinfectant wipes and sprays, “quats” are effective against a variety of pathogens, including the flu virus, and offer a more pleasant smell and less corrosive quality compared to bleach.


Simple yet effective, soap doesn’t kill the flu virus but is incredibly effective at removing it from hands and surfaces by breaking down the oils that the virus can cling to.

Dwelling Time is Key To Killing the Flu Virus

When it comes to effectively using cleaning products, time is of the essence—specifically, the dwelling time, or the amount of time a disinfectant needs to remain wet on a surface to kill pathogens effectively. I was guilty of this before starting CompanyClean. “I sprayed it, it must be clean!” Wrong. 

It’s not just a quick wipe; it’s about letting the product do its germ-killing job. Each product has a specific recommended dwell time, which can range from 30 seconds to several minutes. Adhering to this time ensures that the active ingredients maintain contact with the flu virus long enough to destroy it. Ignoring dwell time can result in a surface that looks clean but hasn’t been properly disinfected, leaving behind germs that could continue to pose a risk. So, always check the label and give your chosen cleaner the time it needs to fully work its antimicrobial magic.

Creating a Regular Cleaning Schedule

Consistency is your ally in the fight against the flu. Establishing a regular cleaning schedule is like setting up a routine patrol against germ invasion. It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming chore; breaking it down into manageable daily, weekly, and monthly tasks can make the endeavor less daunting. For instance, daily wiping of high-touch surfaces and a more thorough cleaning over the weekend can be a good rhythm. And hey, why not make it a family affair? Sharing the load can lighten the burden and teach everyone the importance of a clean, healthy living environment. It’s a great education moment about the Flu as well.

Personal Hygiene Practices

Beyond the mop and the vacuum, your hands are powerful tools in preventing flu transmission. Regular handwashing with soap and warm water is a simple yet effective defense against germs. And for those times when soap and water aren’t within arm’s reach, having alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy can be a lifesaver. It’s also wise to adopt a few etiquette practices like covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing. These simple gestures can go a long way in keeping the flu at bay, both for yourself and the people around you.

And remember, wash your hands for a full 20 seconds or more. There’s a reason these signs are posted in all the restaurant restrooms. It’s critical because it ensures that soap molecules or hand sanitizer have ample time to interact with the oils and microbes on your skin. The physical action of scrubbing combined with the duration helps to lift and suspend viruses and bacteria away from the skin, which are then rinsed off with water. This 20-second rule is backed by health organizations as the sweet spot for disrupting the flu virus’s ability to infect you and spread to others. 

Educating Family Members

Knowledge is power, as they say. Educating your family on why and how to maintain cleanliness and personal hygiene is crucial. It’s about fostering a culture of health within your home. Children can be great ambassadors of healthy practices when they understand the ‘why’ behind them. My toddler tries to clean behind me just from watching me do it.

Consider creating a fun and engaging learning environment, perhaps with treats or friendly competitions to see who can uphold the best hygiene practices. It’s about making health and cleanliness engaging and a natural part of your family’s daily routine.

Flu Prevention Tips

Prevention is a broad spectrum that goes beyond keeping our living spaces spic and span. While a clean home lays a solid foundation, integrating additional preventative measures can fortify our defense against the flu. Getting your yearly flu vaccine is a proven step towards personal protection and community immunity. And let’s not forget the humble mask—it’s not just for COVID. The 3M Aura is our go-to mask here at CompanyClean. It’s secure, breathable, and offers outstanding protection.

Have you heard of the Corsi-Rosenthal box, often called the Corsi cube? It’s a DIY air filtration system that’s been making rounds on the internet for its effectiveness in improving indoor air quality while being dirt cheap. It’s like having a bouncer at the door, keeping unwanted airborne guests at bay.


Other preventative tips include maintaining a balanced diet to keep your immune system robust, and ensuring proper ventilation in your home to usher out potential airborne viruses. It’s about creating a holistic shield, each element complementing the other, to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Cleaning While Someone Has The Flu

So, that virulent little virus still made it through even with the prevention. When the flu virus has made a comfy home in one of your family members, it’s time to kick the cleaning routine up a notch. The sick person’s room should be your primary focus—think of it as the battlefield. Here are some steps to consider:

Personal Protection

When cleaning the sick person’s room or bathroom, wear disposable gloves to avoid contact with the virus. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning. And wear a mask.

Daily Disinfecting

As we’ve discussed, high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and light switches need daily attention. Use EPA-registered disinfectants to tackle these areas.

Bedding and Clothing

Wash the sick person’s bedding, clothing, and other launderable items frequently. Use warm water and ensure a full dry cycle to kill the virus.

Air Circulation

Keep windows open, if weather permits, to circulate fresh air and disperse respiratory droplets.

Trash Management

Have a lined trash can in the sick person’s room for tissue disposal. Empty it daily, using gloves, and wash your hands afterward.

Have Some Good Soup

This isn’t cleaning related, but be sure to keep the person who’s sick well hydrated, and keep their spirits up with good food. My go-to is Campbell’s Chicken and Stars. My mom would give this to me when I came down with the flu. It ain’t a five star meal, but it sure makes me feel good. For liquids, try Gatorade or Pedialyte to restore those electrolytes.

Recovery Cleaning Post-Flu

Once the flu has waved goodbye, it’s time for a thorough cleaning to ensure any remaining germs are sent packing. Here’s a checklist to help you cleanse your home:

Deep Clean

Give your home a thorough cleaning, focusing on disinfecting all surfaces, especially high-touch areas. See our services list on our deep cleaning page for some ideas.

Launder Everything (except money)

Wash all bedding, clothing, and other launderable items in the house. Don’t forget about curtains, couch covers, and other fabric surfaces.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Consider a professional cleaning service for carpets and upholstery to eliminate any lingering germs.


Continue to keep windows open to circulate fresh air and consider replacing air filters in your HVAC system.

Check Your Cleaning Supplies

Restock any cleaning supplies that are running low and ensure you have a good supply of EPA-registered disinfectants for future use.

These additional cleaning steps help ensure that your home returns to a safe and healthy state, ready to keep you protected as you venture through the rest of the flu season.


Navigating through flu season with a sense of control and preparedness can make a world of difference. By arming ourselves with a well-rounded cleaning routine, practicing good personal hygiene, educating our family, and adopting additional preventative measures, we’re not just surviving flu season but thriving through it. This guide aims to offer a roadmap towards a healthier home environment during flu season and beyond. As we share and spread this knowledge, we contribute to a healthier community here in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree and beyond.

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