The country is waging war against influenza, which is rampaging throughout the U.S. and has caused more than 17,000 hospitalizations and 63 child deaths since the flu season began in October.
Federal officials are saying they haven’t seen a flu season this intense since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Anne Schuchat, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) acting director, told the Washington Post, “We may be on track to break some recent records.”
One local soldier against the flu epidemic is Home Clean Heroes, a Virginia Beach-based residential cleaning company that combats influenza germs by employing a combination of proprietary cleaning solutions, a microfiber towel system that prevents germs from spreading room-to-room, and good old fashioned elbow grease.
“It’s our job to keep everyone’s home and family clean,” says Caroline Hiltner, a 20-year-old from Chesapeake, Virginia who is one of the first employees that Home Clean Heroes hired when it launched last May. “To keep everybody healthy and happy is really important.”
The CDC says cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects exposed to flu germs can help slow or stop the spread of disease. But flu germs aren’t pushovers. They can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, and survive heat up to 167 degrees F.
Don’t panic. Some common household products take aim at and kill the flu virus. These include:
- hydrogen peroxide
- detergent soaps
- iodine-based antiseptics
Home Clean Heroes, which is part of Buzz Franchise Brands, avoids using harsh chlorine bleach when battling the flu. Instead, cleaning specialists use a range of products that include garden-inspired essential oils and a proprietary cleaning solution mixed in-house.
“We try to get as all-natural as we can get,” says Kathy Turley, a spokesperson for Home Clean Heroes. “We take great care to make sure we don’t introduce unnecessary chemicals into the home.”
The company also devised a unique, color-coded system that prevents its microfiber cleaning and dusting cloths from toting germs from house to house, or room to room.
Throughout the year, Home Clean Heroes wear protective booties over shoes and latex gloves to guard against transporting outside dirt and germs. During flu season, cleaners may also wear face masks to prevent spreading the influenza virus.
Make your own cleaner
If you hate the smell of chlorine bleach, but still want to wipe out bacteria and the influenza virus, you can make your own antibacterial solution from vodka (alcohol) and lemons.
Here’s the recipe from the Don’t Mess with Mama blog.
- 2-3 lemons
- Vodka (the cheapest you can find)
- Fill a Mason jar with lemon peels. Pour in vodka until the liquid reaches the top. Screw lid tightly, and let sit for 1-2 weeks.
- When the time is up, pour the vodka to the half-way mark on a glass spray bottle. Discard the lemon peels, and fill the rest of the spray bottle with water. Attach and screw on the nozzle.
- Spray the solution on counters, toilets, doorknobs, plastic toys — anything where the flu virus can land.
And for the non DIYers who want to leave cleaning to the professionals, you can contact Home Clean Heroes today for a free home cleaning estimate. Just click here.
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