With not long to go, the festive season is truly upon us. There’s shopping to be done, German markets to be explored, and Christmas parties to attend – so feeling happy and healthy should be at the top of everybody’s Christmas lists. And believe it or not, it’s easier (and cheaper) than you might think. Maintaining good standards of hygiene over the holiday season is one of the simplest, most important ways to guarantee a Merry Christmas for you and your loved ones.
Presents aren’t the only things doing the rounds this Christmastime. Flinging the doors of your home open to friends and family carries significant health risks, including an increased likelihood of catching festive bugs and colds that put a dampener on fun and frivolity. Winter viruses spread alarmingly quickly amongst people in close proximity, so it’s essential to cultivate good hygiene practices during the Christmas period.
Equally, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bounteous feast – but how hygienic is it? Studies have shown that around 80% of people rinse their turkey before cooking, which dramatically increases the risk of spreading harmful bacteria onto worktops and kitchen surfaces. Being meticulous with hygiene when preparing your Christmas dinner is imperative if everyone’s to be on top form for the annual Boxing Day TV marathon.
- Deep-clean your house before receiving visitors to keep sickness at bay
- Wash your hands regularly, especially when you’ve been out
- Thoroughly disinfect halls and floors to kill germs dragged in on visitors’ shoes
- Be sure to clean all handrails, doorknobs, work surfaces, sinks, toilets and bins thoroughly
- Add disinfectant to your rinse cycle to kill bacteria on cushions, bedlinen and animal bedding
- Take pains to thoroughly disinfect all kitchen surfaces before, during, and after food preparation to reduce risk of food poisoning