me), or feel free to choose your favourite song. Rinse thoroughly and dry well. A cloth hand towel is the eco-friendly choice, but we're going for health-friendly at holiday parties, so recycled paper towels will do the trick (unless you have lots of cloth napkins and lots of laundry). Wash your hands before eating, before AND after going to the bathroom (your hands should be clean before you handle!), after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, before preparing food and after handling any raw meat/poultry/egg, and certainly a good wash is called for as soon as you come home.
. Firstly, many sicknesses are viral, not bacterial, so plain, old soap and water will get you just as clean as any anti-bacterial product (see above). Our culture is germ obsessed and our obsession has encouraged the flood of products on store shelves with anti-bacterial or anti-microbial claims. It's always best to wash your hands clean in a sink, but especially when on the go, with kids, or party hopping, keep something on hand (pun intended) that will clean and sanitize safely- without triclosan or other nasty chemicals.
Stay home when you are sick. It's the right thing to do for everyone, including you, because when your immunity is low you can pick up other germs more easily…yuck. Steep some tea, pour a bowl of soup, crank up the vitamins and rest, allowing your body to heal. Don't let stress undermine a quick recovery and try and enjoy your forced time out. If you are hosting and someone in your home has a bad cold or the flu, cancel. Even if you confine a sick child to their room for the party, it doesn't confine the germs around your home from earlier in the day. Yes, it's a disappointment, but your guests will be much more upset if they catch something and have to spend the rest of their holidays in bed.
Take cover, some more.
Cover your mouth when you sneeze (with your arm, not your hand), and avoid anyone who doesn't (teach your kids!).
Drink and be merry.
hydrated is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Always. The suggestions in the Borden Communications Holiday Drinking Guide should help you take care of this one with ease!
This holiday season,we hope that you are able to share great timeswith your friends, colleagues and familieswithout sharing your germs.Raise a glass to toast good cheer and good health!Happy Holidays!