When it comes to protecting your friends, family and household from viruses and bacteria, cleanliness around the home is key. Using Zoflora around your home will kill germs beautifully. This is achieved through our 3-in-1 action formula that has been scientifically proven to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Our winning formula comes in a range of over 25 long lasting fragrances that also eliminate odours.

First of all, what is flu? Flu is a respiratory illness triggered by influenza - a type of virus that infects the throat, nose and occasionally lungs. Flu symptoms range from the mild to the severe and can include coughing, sore throat, aches, fever, fatigue and a blocked/running nose. 

Flu is contagious and there are a couple of ways it commonly spreads:

    • Flu can be spread person-to-person via tiny droplets formed as infected people talk, sneeze or cough.
    • People might also catch the flu through coming into contact with an object or surface that these droplets have landed on - the transfer of the flu can occur when individuals touch their face following contact; the eyes, mouth and nose.

When is flu season? The winter months and their colder climate bring about the perfect conditions for influenza to spread. Typically flu season lasts between the months of October - March according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Head to the NHS flu FAQ page for a more comprehensive list of symptoms. Fortunately, there are plenty of preventative actions individuals can take to avoid contracting the flu, these include:

    • Avoiding and limiting contact with people who are sick.
    • Covering of coughs and sneezes and quick disposal of tissues.
    • Washing your hands frequently.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces around the home and workplace.

According to studies, influenza survives the longest on hard surfaces - up to 3 days in some cases. Flu can also cling onto plastic and stainless steel for up to 48 hours, so it’s important to maintain a rigorous cleaning routine, especially throughout the winter months.

With Zoflora’s effective 3-in-1 formula, it’s the perfect household disinfectant to prevent the spread of flu. It’s also proven to kill the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2,  which can last for up to 72 hours on hard surfaces - read our full guide on how to protect your home from the COVID-19 virus.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to restrict the spread of germs in your home, and help to keep your kitchen, bathrooms, living room, bedrooms and hallways clear of viruses and bacteria. 

What you'll need to prevent flu

A bottle of Zoflora 3-in-1 concentrated multipurpose disinfectant
Microfibre cloth
Trigger spray bottle
Rubber gloves
mop and bucket icon

Disinfecting the kitchen

The kitchen is a high traffic area with multiple touch points - surfaces, taps, handles on cupboards, draws and fridge doors - all of which can harbour potentially harmful viruses and bacteria.

Spray surfaces and contact points with diluted Zoflora wipe over to ensure full coverage to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. 

Top tip: soaking your sponges, scrubbers and dishcloths in diluted Zoflora daily is a great way to keep these items free of viruses and bacteria, whilst eliminating nasty odours. Soak them overnight to be greeted by hygienically clean cloths and a beautifully fragrant kitchen in the morning.

Disinfecting the bathroom

The bathroom, with its warm, damp conditions, is a potential haven for viruses and bacteria to spread. Taps, toilet seats, shower screens and showerheads are all high contact areas and need to be disinfected regularly.

Use Zoflora diluted in a trigger spray bottle to create a handy, ready to use disinfectant spray and wipe down these areas thoroughly - remember to wipe each corner, the edges of the flat surfaces and the nooks and crannies of taps and handles to give your bathroom a full top-to-bottom clean.

Top tip: To give your toilet bowl a thorough disinfect, carefully pour a couple of capfuls of Zoflora into the bowl and use a toilet brush to swish around the sides, leaving it hygienically clean and beautifully fragrant. Dive into our comprehensive guide on how to clean your bathroom here.

Disinfecting the living room

The living room is typically a regularly used area of the house, perhaps even more so now, with more people working from home. 

Coffee tables, sideboards and bookshelves are all very obvious areas that can be tackled easily with Zoflora diluted in a trigger spray bottle, and a cloth for wiping down. 

Remote controls and electronic devices such as game consoles, while less obvious areas, can also be home to hidden germs, due to their regular communal use by multiple members of the household. Ensure you wipe your electronic equipment down with the same attention as the more obvious surrounding areas, particularly if somebody in your residence has been experiencing symptoms of the flu virus. Do not spray directly Zoflora directly onto electrical items.

Top tip: As pets can carry in germs from outside, remember to disinfect your pets’ favourite spots in the house! Add 2 capfuls of Zoflora to the washing machine when cleaning your pet bedding to eliminate odours and leave it smelling beautifully fragrant. Head to the Zoflora pet hub to uncover more tips on pet cleanliness, pet safety and home care.

Disinfecting the bedroom

Whether you share a bedroom with somebody or you have your own space, it’s important to focus on this area as part of your cleaning routine on a regular basis. 

Flat surfaces and handles attached to wardrobes, dressing tables and drawers can be easily disinfected with diluted Zoflora. Be sure to consider light switches, radiators and any electronic equipment in the bedroom too.

Disinfecting the hallway

With members of households moving in and out throughout the day, the hallway can be an opportune area for viruses and bacteria to spread, particularly as it's often people’s first point of contact when they’re coming home.

Again, surfaces, window sills and doors can be disinfected straightforwardly with a cloth and diluted Zoflora in a trigger spray bottle. However, it doesn’t stop at touchpoints for this area of the house - viruses and bacteria can also be carried in through dirty shoes and feet. 

Give your hallway floor a regular clean by adding four capfuls of Zoflora to 1.6L of water in a bucket and mop the mixture across the desired area.

Don’t forget to regularly spray the doormat with diluted Zoflora to eliminate germs, and greet family members with beautiful fragrance. 

Be sure to clear doormats, shoe racks and rugs in order to get into the corners and crannies you’d otherwise miss. Please note that Zoflora is not suitable for polished and painted wood, and always ensure that pets are excluded from the space you’re disinfecting.

Disinfecting areas outside of the home

Of course, plenty of regular touchpoints exist outside the home. Use diluted Zoflora in your trigger spray bottle to clean doors, door handles and letterboxes, as well as garden and patio furniture.

Wheelie bins are also a regular point of contact with collection days occurring on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You can alleviate any bad smells and disinfect your bins by diluting four capfuls of Zoflora in 1.6L of water and pouring it into your bin. 

Use a mop or long-handled brush to scrub the interior before emptying the dirty solution down a drain. Be sure to wipe the bin lid, handles and outside with diluted Zoflora to give it an intense clean and rid the surfaces of any potentially harmful viruses and bacteria. 

Viruses and bacteria can also build up on car interiors, and can therefore be carried into the home. Fortunately, diluted Zoflora works effectively across these areas - wipe down seatbelts, seat belt buttons, handles, window controls, dashboards and steering wheels.

Important information when using Zoflora

Do not mix with other cleaning products
Do not spray directly onto or near to open flames or electronic devices
Exclude all pets from the area until dry
Do not use on polished wood, painted, varnished or composite granite surfaces

Zoflora: killing germs beautifully since 1922

Zoflora has a long history of killing germs beautifully. Back in the 1920s, carbolic acid was a regular cleaning substance that killed germs effectively but left a foul-smelling odour behind. 

Chemist Nathan Thornton and business partner Philip Ross developed a more powerful household disinfectant with their specialist knowledge that paired germ killing power with beautiful fragrance oils extracted from flowers.

Together they created the foundation for the formula that’s still used today to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacterial build-up including the COVID-19 virus.

There is of course a number of fragrances to choose from to suit your taste. Why not try Winter Spice or Warm Cinnamon to fill your home with warming, seasonal scents throughout the colder months. Alternatively, there are some beautifully floral scents - try White Blossoms to fill your home with the essence of wild flowers, or Paradise Peach to create a burst of fruity fragrance anywhere in your home.

Protect your home from flu with Zoflora

Now you know how to disinfect a house after illnesses such as flu occur in the home, and better still, how to help prevent the flu from spreading further. 

Retaining the health of your household should be taken seriously by co-habitants in the home, whether it’s family, friends or housemates. If any member of your household begins to develop flu symptoms, you should ensure rooms and areas are cleaned immediately after they come into contact with the various areas of the home. Those with symptoms should also limit their movement around the house where possible in order to reduce the spread of flu to co-habitants.

With Zoflora and the cleaning methods we’ve taken you through, you’ll be well equipped to help effectively protect the home from the flu virus.