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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

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Can These Everyday Items Be Making You Sick?

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Jun 20, 2017


If you are living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), then you know that managing your disease involves staying healthy and limiting your exposure to germs. Take a look around your house, though. Some of the common household items you use every day could be covered in germs that could make you sick. Use these tips to help you recognize the germ bandits and help keep them at bay.

Cell phones, keys, wallets, and purses

Think about all the places your cell phone, keys, wallet, and purse go with you throughout the day. Taking these items with you wherever you go is a great way to pick up unwanted germs and bring them into your home. Be sure to sanitize these items frequently with disinfectants. If you are concerned about using a disinfectant on your electronics, you can find electronic-friendly disinfectants at most stores.


If you are throwing in a load of laundry, do not let it sit too long once the cycle has ended. Wet clothes that sit in the washer can give way to germ growth. If you forget and leave your clothes in for longer than 30 minutes, it is best to run them through a second cycle.


The bathroom may be the place you go to clean up, but it can also be the place that needs the most cleaning. Moisture and heat from your shower give way to germ manifestation. Pay careful attention to areas like drains, faucets, towels, and toothbrushes. Use a disinfectant daily to help kill germs and opt for a heavy cleaning of these areas once a week.

Makeup Bag

Ladies, you may not realize it, but that trusted makeup bag may be carrying more than just your makeup. Take extra care to clean your brushes at least once a week. The bristles and small spaces in makeup applicators are a breeding ground for bacteria. All those germs end up on your hands and face and can make you sick.


Think twice before using that sponge or dish rag to clean your dishes – more than 75 percent of them contain bacteria such as fecal matter, E. coli, and salmonella. Compare that to the only nine percent found on faucet handles in your bathroom. To kill bacteria on sponges, place the dampened sponge in the microwave for one minute. Be sure to switch out your dish towels several times a week.

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Source: healthline.com, Accessed: 5/1/17

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