When it comes to protecting your friends, family and household from viruses and bacteria, cleanliness around the home is key. Luckily, the Zoflora Collection is on hand to leave your home hygienically clean and beautifully fragrant.

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
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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.

There are two products we recommend for your kitchen. You could either spray your kitchen with Zoflora Multipurpose Disinfectant Cleaner straight from the bottle. Alternatively, if you prefer, you could dilute our Zoflora Concentrated Multipurpose Disinfectant in water and use it the same way. Just remember to allow a 5 minute surface contact time to get the most out of our disinfectants.

Top tip: soaking your sponges, scrubbers and dishcloths in diluted Zoflora Concentrated Multipurpose Disinfectant daily will kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria that can gather throughout the day, whilst eliminating 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 should all be disinfected regularly.

Fill an empty trigger bottle with diluted Zoflora and spray over surfaces around the bathroom, using a microfibre cloth to wipe down thoroughly - remember to wipe the edges of the flat surfaces and the nooks and crannies of taps and handles to give your bathroom a thorough top-to-bottom clean.

Alternatively, you can use Zoflora Disinfectant Mist to quickly and easily disinfect germ hotspots around the room, such as door handles, taps and toilet flushes. There is no need to wipe afterwards.

Top tip: To give your toilet bowl a thorough disinfect, carefully pour a couple of capfuls of Zoflora Concentrated Multipurpose Disinfectant 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

Your living room is one of the most used areas in your home, and it’s somewhere for all members of the household to unwind at the end of the day.

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

Top tip: Our beloved pets can carry in unwanted dirt and germs from outside, so remember to disinfect their favourite spots in the house regularly! This can be done by mopping floors with diluted Zoflora and using our Disinfectant Mist to disinfect soft furnishings and hard surfaces, which will leave them free from germs and odours. Head to the Zoflora pet hub to uncover more tips on using Zoflora in homes with pets, as well as how to use the products safely.

Make sure to exclude pets from treated areas until surfaces are completely dry.

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.

Hard surfaces like door handles and desks can be disinfected quickly and easily with Zoflora Disinfectant Mist.

Be sure to consider light switches, radiators and any electronic equipment in the bedroom too, just remember not to spray directly onto electrical items. Use a cloth soaked in diluted Zoflora to wipe over these surfaces, leaving them hygienically clean and beautifully fragrant.

Disinfecting the hallway

With family members, guests and pets moving around throughout the day, the hallway can be an opportune area for viruses and bacteria to spread.

Hard surfaces can be easily disinfected with a cloth and diluted Zoflora , or with the ready-to-use Zoflora Multipurpose Disinfectant Cleaner. Viruses and bacteria can also be carried in through dirty shoes and paws.

Give your hallway floor a regular refresh with your favourite Zoflora fragrance by adding 1 capful of Zoflora Concentrated Multipurpose Disinfectant for every 400ml of water in a bucket and mopping over to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, whilst eliminating odours and filling your hallway with beautiful fragrance for 24 hours.

Don’t forget to regularly spray the doormat with Zoflora Disinfectant Mist to disinfect and greet visitors with beautiful fragrance.

Please note that the Zoflora Collection is not suitable for polished and painted wood. Always ensure that pets are excluded from the space you’re disinfecting until surfaces are fully dry.

Disinfecting areas outside of the home

Of course, plenty of regular touchpoints exist outside the home. Fill an empty trigger bottle with 1 capful of Zoflora Concentrated Multipurpose Disinfectant for every 400ml of water and spray doors, handles and letterboxes regularly, as well as garden furniture and toys to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria and leave them hygienically clean for the next use.

Don’t forget your wheelie bins! These are touched regularly, and can contain nasty odours.

You can eliminate odours  and disinfect your bins by diluting 1 capful of Zoflora Concentrated Multipurpose Disinfectant for every 400ml of water in a bucket and using to rinse out your bin thoroughly. Use a mop or long-handled brush to scrub the interior before emptying the solution down a drain. Be sure to wipe the bin lid, handles and outside with diluted Zoflora too.

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.