Keep Your Family Healthy With These Tips

This post on how to keep your family healthy was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

School has opened and fall is quickly approaching which means cold and flu season is almost here. Trying to keep my family healthy and avoiding sickness is my main priority when this time of year rolls around. As I mentioned last month, we took the PURELL® 30-Day Challenge and made sure to use PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer every day for 30 days. Nobody got sick so I’m declaring the challenge a success. Although the challenge has ended, we still have to be vigilant.  Since Phil and I both work at home, our biggest exposure to germs comes from Z.E.N. since he goes to a school filled with hundreds of students.  In addition to arming him with PURELL®, these are a few additional lessons we’ve taught him:


Wash Those Hands

Good hand washing skills can go a long way toward preventing the spread of illness. As soon as Z.E.N. comes home from school, the first thing he does is head to the sink to wash his hands with soap and hot water. Kids should know, however, that neither soap nor hot water alone are responsible for the elimination of germs. It is actually the friction that is created as the hands are rubbed together that helps kill off the majority of harmful organisms that are present.  Thus, hand washing should last at least 20 seconds and it should also entail a vigorous rubbing of the hands while they are soaped up. The hands should then be thoroughly rinsed.

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Covering Coughs And Sneezes

Another way to help kids stay healthy and to help others stay that way too is by teaching your kids to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.  This will limit the airborne transmission of germs while protecting all nearby surfaces.  Teach your kids to sneeze and cough into a tissue.  If there are no tissues available, they should cough or sneeze into the crook of their elbow.  They should never cough or sneeze into their hands.  Lead by example to show your kids how it’s properly done so they can keep their fellow classmates safe and healthy.

I hope these tips can help your family stay healthy.  You should also consider taking the PURELL® 30 Day Challenge to get your family into the habit of using PURELL® to keep hands clean.

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About the author


Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at

Keep Your Family Healthy With These Tips

by Diane time to read: 2 min