How to Disinfect a Room after the Flu


If you or a family member get hit with the flu, preventative disinfection is important. But it’s equally vital to properly disinfect after an illness, to kill the germs that cause flu before they can spread to another person. It is good to ventilate your home after being ill to freshen up the air and prevent any germs from lingering in the air, even after you have cleaned.

How to disinfect a room after the flu?


Kitchen, the most touched & visited common areas of the home where things such as table tops, countertops, sinks, faucets, cabinet handles, doorknobs and more are all places where germs can linger on for longer period. Use an EPA-registered disinfectant to clean your kitchen.


This one is particularly important if a sick family member has been confined to their bedroom. To prevent the spread of those germs, all hard surfaces such as bedside tables and even headboards need regular disinfecting. You should wash bedding in hot water, and dry on high heat (if linens allow). Pillowcases are particularly important, as they have the most contact with your nose and mouth as you toss and turn.


Use an EPA-registered disinfectant to disinfect the toilet, as well as the sink and faucets. Don’t forget the bathroom floor, which has more germs than you would think. Make sure those who get sick at home never share hand towels or bath towels. Keep toothbrushes uncovered to air dry, and isolate the toothbrush of the sick person from those of other family members.

Living room

Remotes, controllers and other common-use items in the living room are breeding grounds for germs, and are also the most common transmitters of bacteria. Most remote controllers are said to be containing high level of germs. Clean everything with a disinfectant.

Knobs, Handles, Switches

Some of the most bacteria-covered spots in your home are the ones you use most often, such as door handles and light switches. These frequent-contact surfaces allow easy transmission of cold, flu virus, and more. So don’t forget to clean all these frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant on a regular basis.

There is still work to be done even after cleaning after the flu. The sponges, cloths, and items used to do the cleaning will themselves have had germs transferred onto them and will need to be dealt with. The best advice would be to throw them away – it is more advisable to use disposable items such as paper towels. If not, then put the items in a washing machine as appropriate, and wash at a high temperature. Use the above mentioned methods on how to disinfect a room after the flu and the areas that need cleaning to stay healthy.

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