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Eco-Healthy Home Tips: The Sources

Here's a list of the expert studies that guide our Healthy Home Tips on cleaning during the flu season.

Here's a list of the expert studies that guide our Healthy Home Tips on cleaning during the flu season.

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Health experts and environmentalists agree on the best ways to ward off flu bugs: wash with soap & water, skip the antibacterial soap and disinfect safely. See more at flu.gov

Soap & water works! Hand washing is key to germ control.

An education program encouraging second graders to wash hands led to a 34% decrease in the absenteeism rate. See more in an article from the Journal of School Nursing.

 Products with Triclosan do not work better than plain soap in homes.

From a study in Annals of Internal Medicine: "Antibacterial household cleaning products do not seem to reduce the number of infections among household residents." See more here and on WebMD.

Triclosan in antibacterial soap may make antibiotics less effective in the long run.

From a study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases: "More extensive and longer term use of triclosan might provide a suitable environment for emergence of resistant species. Further research on this issue is needed (See more)."

Alcohol hand sanitizers: Use with caution. Swallowing even a very small amount of alcohol-based sanitizer can be toxic to children.

From a study in the Clinical Pediatrics Journal:  "In 792 children under six exposed to the material, 62 sustained a 'minor' effect, and 11 had 'moderate' effects (see more).

For often-touched surfaces, hydrogen peroxide disinfects safely and effectively.

EPA-registered disinfectants includes hydrogen peroxide.

Here's more about how hydrogen peroxide works to kill germs, from a bio-informaticist online.

With chlorine bleach, if you can smell it, it's too strong.

From a health department site: "We recommend levels be no higher than 0.01 ppm of chlorine in air. Most people can smell chlorine when levels reach 0.02-3.4 ppm. If you can smell chlorine in your home, the level may be too high to be safe."
You don't need more than a tablespoon bleach to a quart of water to disinfect.
Center for Disease Control on disinfecting after an emergency.

For food contact surfaces, use one tablespoon to a gallon of water to sanitize.

State government recommendations on a health web site.

 Little kids put their hands to their mouths seven to 28 times an hour, according to one study.

See more from a biomed experts study: "A meta-analysis of children's hand-to-mouth frequency data for estimating nondietary ingestion exposure."

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