Show Your Customers Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Show your customers some love by keeping a clean workplace.You just celebrated Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, but what about your customers? Show them some love by helping them stay healthy this flu season.

Workplaces surfaces can be breeding grounds for germs. The average desktop contains nearly 11,000 germs per square inch. Doorknobs, phones, pens, counters, coffeepot handles, and computer equipment all harbor germs, too.

And those are just surfaces found in an office. Nonconventional workplaces, such as fitness centers and daycares have surfaces that can get germy, too. If you don’t take steps to disinfect your workplace regularly, you may be providing your customers with more than just great service.

Give Customers the Gift of Flu Prevention

When surfaces are not disinfected regularly, they can expose your customers and employees to illness-spreading germs, including those that cause flu. Keep your customers healthy and happy by keeping a clean workplace.

Take time to disinfect the counters, doorknobs, phones, pens, and even computer equipment your customers come in contact with. Don’t forget to pay special attention to the restroom. Encourage staff members to wash their hands often, especially after interacting with a customer.

In some workplaces, such as fitness centers and daycares, you may need to be a bit more thorough. Gym equipment and daycare toys get a lot of use from many different people. It’s important to give these surfaces some extra attention. Provide disinfecting spray so gym members can wipe down the equipment they use. After you close for the evening, give everything a good once-over yourself. Encourage members to bring their own towels, mats, and water bottles.

Daycare equipment can also harbor germs. Grimy hands and runny noses don’t help, either. Stay on top of cleaning throughout the day, and then disinfect shared toys and other equipment after the last child leaves for the evening. Parents and kids will thank you for it.

Don’t Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater

Be sure you don’t introduce more health hazards in your effort to keep your workplace clean. Conventional all-purpose cleaners and disinfect often contain hazardous chemicals that can cause illness.

Instead, choose powerful products that contain natural disinfectants. Look for products that clean using plant-derived cleaners, such as citric acid and thymol. These cleaners will scrub away harmful germs without leaving a chemical residue that may make your customers and staff sick.

This Valentine’s Day, give your customers the gift of good health, especially during this active flu season. To try a natural, all-purpose cleaner, contact me today.

Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance

Tips for Fighting Flu Season Germs

Fight the flu naturally this season.It’s flu season in Minnesota and you may have already gotten a bug or two since the weather got chilly and you’re spending more time indoors. Getting the seasonal flu is not an inevitability. Here are some tips for fighting those ferocious flu season germs.

What Is the Flu?

The flu is a virus spread by droplets we expel when we sneeze, cough, and talk. These droplets can be passed to others when you shake hands or share equipment such as keyboards, kitchen utensils, pens, and even door knobs.

The flu virus causes symptoms such as fever, a cough and sore throat, headaches and body aches, chills, fatigue, a stuffy nose, and even nausea. These symptoms are similar to the common cold, but are more severe. People with the flu are contagious from one day before they experience symptoms to five to seven days after they start feeling sick.

Fighting the Flu: Wash Your Hands!

The first line of defense against the flu is washing your hands. Hands are essentially little germ carriers. They pick up germs with every touch. Take a cue from your doctor and wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Dr. Christopher Tolcher from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine says he likely washes his hands “40 to 50 times per day.”

Soap and warm water are all you need to wash germs down the drain. Don’t skimp on the time you wash your hands. Take 20 seconds to wash your hands, which you can count by singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice.

After you’re done washing your hands, keep your hands away from your mouth and nose. Mealtime often involves touching your mouth. To reduce the number of times this happens, choose foods that require utensils to eat rather than your hands.

Fighting the Flu: Keep Surfaces Clean

Clean hands are wonderful but largely ineffective at avoiding flu if the surfaces they touch are riddled with germs. Give surfaces at home and at work a once-over with a germ-busting cleaner. Cleaning countertops and desk surfaces is great, but don’t overlook keyboards, computer mice, door knobs, telephones, and pens.

Before you break out the bleach, though, consider the health effects of toxic cleaning chemicals. The last thing you want to do is make yourself sick in the process of fighting the flu. Instead, choose products that disinfect and clean naturally. Look for products that have citrus oil or citric acid for a natural, green clean.

Fighting the Flu: Exercise and Supplementation

Now that you’ve taken steps to prevent flu on the outside, consider how you’ll fight flu from the inside. Exercise strengthens your heart and your immune system. Take a walk or a jog around the block, do some yoga, or lift weights. Doctors say it is okay to exercise if you have mild cold symptoms, such as a stuffy nose. However, avoid exercise if you have a fever, a cough, or the chills.

Some folks also choose to take supplements to help fight off the flu. Herbs can be helpful in pill form or as a tea. Before you visit a place that may be germy, such as a school, plane, or hospital, consider taking some echinacea, zinc, and vitamin C.

Don’t let the flu get you this season. Take steps to avoid germs and keep yourself healthy. Contact me to find green cleaning products and supplements to help you fight the flu.

Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance