The Invisible Enemy: While the flu virus is unseen, its effects are highly visible and palpable. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the influenza virus can survive on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. Imagine the risk we take when we overlook daily household items like remote controls, doorknobs, or light switches. But with the right cleaning and disinfection strategy, we can combat this invisible enemy.

Unmasking The Ideal Cleaners:

When it comes to the age-old question: “What cleaning product kills flu?”, the answer is more straightforward than you'd think. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of disinfectants effective against the influenza A virus. Some household names include Lysol, Clorox, and Purell. But for the DIY aficionados among us, a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water is also effective in killing the flu virus on surfaces.

The Procedure: To effectively vanquish the flu virus, start with cleaning the surface using soap or detergent to remove dirt. Once done, apply the disinfectant. Allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes before wiping it off. This ensures the elimination of the flu virus. Remember, disinfecting is different from cleaning. While cleaning removes dirt and grime, disinfecting kills pathogens.

How Long Do the Sneaky Culprits Last?

How long do flu germs last in a house? Longer than you might think. On porous surfaces, like fabric or paper, the flu virus can live for 8-12 hours. But on non-porous surfaces like metal or plastic, it can live up to 48 hours. This makes it imperative to clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily during the flu season.

The Cold Conundrum:

Does keeping your house cold keep germs away? It's a widely believed myth that colder temperatures can kill germs. In reality, most germs thrive in colder conditions. The flu virus particularly loves the dry, cold air of winter. Thus, while turning down the thermostat might save on heating costs, it won’t keep the flu at bay.

Tackling Illness Head-On:

The irony is evident when one falls sick during the cleaning spree. Cleaning house while sick can be taxing, but it’s not impossible. Start with wearing gloves and a mask to avoid spreading the virus. Focus on disinfecting high-touch surfaces since they're the primary culprits in spreading germs. If you're too ill, consider asking for help or hiring professional cleaning services. Remember, rest is crucial during illness. So, balance between maintaining cleanliness and recuperating.

Last Thoughts:

A clean home is a flu-free home. But in the throes of flu season, mere cleaning won’t suffice. It's about adopting a comprehensive approach involving cleaning, disinfecting, and staying informed. With the onslaught of information online, it's easy to get overwhelmed. However, we love to help others, simplifying complex chores into easy-to-follow steps. For more daily tips and tricks to keep your home pristine, don't forget to check out our Instagram @cactus_cleaning.

In conclusion, while the flu season poses challenges, armed with the right knowledge and tools, we can ensure our homes remain sanctuaries of health and happiness. Stay informed, stay proactive, and here's to a flu-free season ahead!

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