What Little Things Do You Do to Banish the Cold and Flu?

Part of the is due to the spread of viruses and colds, and I'm always trying to prevent that at my house.

I was thinking about @Shea this morning — last year sometime or another she mentioned that she had toothbrush holders that were anti-microbial. I happened upon some recently, and that has just been the bees' knees! I love them! We have color coded toothbrush holders, and they are so much better than the zip top bags we were using!

Besides the and the , what other ways do you guys tell colds, flu and pneumonia that they're not welcome in your house?


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  • Melissa G

    Cynthia, that is the neatest thing. I have never heard of those before! Uumm, could you provide a link to them….pretty please….

  • Shea

    So glad you like them! (We love them too). I usually use this Steripod brand usually but any of them that have sanitizing vapors or baking soda in them:


    They often have them at walmart now too: 

    I have also used these ones and like them:

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I know that whenever I had any sign of illness, even before I became ill with asthma and COPD, I would change my toothbrush. I stock up when they are on sale. I have been using toothbrush caps, which cover the bristles. I buy them at the Dollar Tree. They come with cheap toothbrushes. I use those toothbrushes to clean my dog's teeth. 

    My friend had the flu. She kept on feeling lousy for months. I suggested she change her toothbrush because of all those sick germs…and icky saliva germs congregating there. She told me that it did help her.

    I try to avoid overcrowded public places during cold and flu season. I cringe when someone coughs or sneezes into the air and fails to cover up. 😦 If I am aware that someone is ill then I change plans to visit and reschedule to a later date.

    Everybody take care and keep smiling! Have a terrific Tuesday! 

  • K8sMom2002

    Melissa, here the toothbrush holders are — they look like little submarines.

    They are the Equate brand and cost $1.47 or something like that — found them in the travel section, where all the travel carriers and travel size things are. 

    Deborah, I have been known to toss our toothbrushes in the dishwasher after a particularly brutal cold when I didn't have a backup. But I'm like you … I stock up when I find our favorite toothbrush brand on sale (we're picky. ). I can't tell you how many times my stash has saved DD's friends when they came to spend the night and realized they'd forgotten a toothbrush.

    Love the tips on keeping clear of sneezes and coughs! Keep 'em coming!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    That's a good reminder for me–I need to throw out my toothbrush, now that I'm on the road to recovery…plus I need to start using my last vog mask…the one I used for the past three weeks is now completely germified…don't want to breathe that in when I'm feeling better!!  So glad I bought three at once…hoping this third one will keep me covered for at least three months..hoping that the air quality continues to get better and I don't have to wear it every day. 

    Speaking of my mask, a funny thing happened the other day…bc of the air quality, I've had to wear my mask at most of my DD's soccer practices and games. As a result, no one recognized me when I came over to everyone and said hello…they looked at me like, okay who are you? I forgot they hadn't seen my face before! 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Brenda-that is funny! It's also nice that we can laugh about things like that.  I just finished going through all my meds and making sure that the oldest dates will be used first. "rotating stock". 

    It's kind of on the moldy side outdoors here. We had quite a bit of rain with more to come in tonight. 2 days ago I got 3 flash flood warnings on my phone. 🚣🚣🚣 I couldn't believe it. My husband will be coming home late once again, so I am finding small things that need to get done. I made a southwestern pasta bean and chicken salad for supper. I went through the grocery store flyer to find the sale items I need to buy. I also baked some blueberry-cranberry muffins. Hopefully my sister will call me later when she gets home from work. Sometimes it gets lonely being home. Anyway….hoping the stores get some Indian corn in soon. Each fall I hand some on the front door. I add some fall colors of ribbon to it. I take it down after Turkey Day so I can hang something Christmas-y instead. I have a few antique sleigh bell strips. I may do that this year. 

    Take care!  Debbie

  • Kathy P

    Brenda – the Vogmasks are washable. Not machine washable, but you can wash the outer fabric layers. I regularly wash mine to reduce the germ factor and keep it clean.

  • Pljohns

    Last year, when flu was so bad, I started wear antimicrobial masks.  they come with a carbon filter and the masks themselves are washable.  Plan on doing it again this year!