It’s important to stay healthy all year round, but it’s especially vital during the winter months which also happen to be cold & flu season. The best way to keep bacteria and virus from multiplying and spreading is actually much easier than you think – all you have to do is practice good personal hygiene. Here we share the best 4 tips & tricks to keep you safe and healthy!

1. Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer & Disinfectant Spray

You’ll Need:

  • 3¼ cups isopropyl alcohol (99.8%)
  • 3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1 tbsp glycerin
  • ¾ cup distilled water
  • sterile spray bottle

Here’s How:

Mix all the ingredients together and pour them into a small spray bottle. This homemade disinfection spray will protect you from dirt, bacteria, and viruses and you can find everything you need in your local supermarket or drug store.

2. Practice Sneezing & Coughing Etiquette

If you sneeze into a tissue, make sure that the material covers the entirety of your mouth and nose and dispose of the tissue as soon as possible. If you do not have a tissue, handkerchief, or paper towel handy, always sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm.

3. Properly Wash Your Hands

Correct and frequent hand washing is the be-all and end-all in the fight against viruses and germs. You may think you know how to wash your hands, but the majority of people have been doing it incorrectly their entire lives! Here’s the right way to wash your hands:

3.1 Wet your hands with water – the water temperature should be at least 100°F.

3.2 Add soap to your hands.

3.3 Rub your palms together, alternating between clockwise and counterclockwise circles.

3.4 Wash the backs of your hands.

3.5 Wash the spaces between your fingers.

3.6 Wash the backs of your fingers and knuckles – don’t forget the thumbs!

3.7 Wash your fingertips.

3.8 Thoroughly rinse off the soap under running water.

3.9 Dry your hands with a disposable paper towel and use another paper towel to turn off the faucet.

4. Sanitize Your Phone

You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup isopropyl alcohol (70%)
  • sterile spray bottle
  • clean microfiber cloth

Here’s How:

Remove your cell phone from its cover, power it down, and clean both the cell phone and the plastic cover with a microfiber cloth and the homemade disinfectant spray. Use a cotton swab to clean the smaller nooks and crannies.

Think of yourself and think of everyone around you – by following these simple, yet effective health hacks, you’ll be doing everyone a favor!