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    21 Things That'll Help You Fight The "War" Against Germs

    Cold and flu season can 🎶suck iiiiiiiiit🎶

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    1. A pack of vitamin E filled hand sanitizer bottles for every room in your house, to refill your little bottles, and kill 99.99% of those disgusting germs that end up giving you a sore throat.

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    Promising review: "I guess I didn't really think about what 30oz would look like but these are huge. And that's awesome! I got way more for my $ than I expected and it's great that they will last a long while. The smell is great and they don't dry my hands out nearly as much as most hand sanitizers do." —Mallory

    Get a pack of four 30 oz bottles from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in original and with aloe).

    2. A container of Clorox disinfecting wipes designed with no bleach, an amazing coconut and pacific breeze scent, and no harsh chemicals so you can target those germs without those harsh smells.

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    Promising review: "I have always been a user of the regular scented Clorox wipes, but I always thought they were super chemically smelling, and I would smell the scent on my hands for a few days (after washing them multiple times). So I had stopped using them because I didn’t think that was safe. When the new wipes came out I was BEYOND excited to try them, and let me tell you. They did not disappoint. They are the best smelling cleaning product I’ve ever used. Makes cleaning more enjoyable." —Brandy

    Get a container of 70 wipes from Amazon for $4.98+ (available in two scents and in packs of one and six).

    3. A pack of Lysol disinfecting wipes filled with germ-fighting solution and available in a handy, travel-friendly pack to take on the go.

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    Promising review: "Every time I go shopping either by myself or with my family, the first thing we do when we get to the car is wipe off our hands with baby wipes. THESE ARE SO MUCH BETTER!!! When I tried the first one I was a little put off by the slight bubbles they emit. I hate soapy wipes that leave my hands sticky or tacky. These do neither! They may have a couple of bubbles but they dry completely clean and smell soooooo good!!! I've removed all of the packages of baby wipes from my car and instead keep a package of these in every row! They are so cool and I can't give a high enough review!" —Reddington

    Get four packs of 80 wipes from Amazon for $14.99

    4. A bottle of Tide anti-bacterial fabric spray to kill odor-causing bacteria and freshen up your clothes inbetween washes.

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    Promising review: "I’ve been searching for a way to freshen up and kill the bacteria on my Kevlar vest at work. I have definitely tried a lot of other brands and they either didn’t work or they smelled horrible. This works wonders and smells fantastic. We also use it around the house on our furniture and things like that. If this can make my dirty vest smell fresh, I think it can work on anything." —BIRDS FAN

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $16.41.

    5. A bottle of classic and gentle Softsoap antibacterial soap — 'cause on the battlefield of the great germ war, washing your hands (all. the. time.) is your best act of defense.

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    Promising review: "I love this soap, it’s good and smells delicious." —Gitty from Monroe

    Get it from Amazon for $1.99 (available in two scents).

    6. A plug-in air purifier that uses UV C light to help kill airborne viruses (like influenza!!!!!) while it circulates and reduces odors caused by bacteria, your stinky pets, and delicious meals.

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    Promising review: "Great for small areas. I recently moved our cats' litter boxes into a closet since we couldn't stand the odor. With this unit the smell has been cut by 95%. The fan makes a slight noise but with the door closed we can't hear it at all." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98.

    7. A plant-based, non-toxic Babyganics toy and high-chair cleaner gentle enough to be safe for your kiddos but tough enough to have those germs running.

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    Promising review: "We love this product in our home and use it multiple times a day. My favorite thing about this spray is that there is no aggressive chemical odor! I was really worried that meant that it wouldn’t clean well, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this cleaner removes even the stickiest of baby messes. I also love that I don’t have to worry about my son putting toys in his mouth after I’ve cleaned them...plant-based products for the win!" —Carey Shofner

    Get a pack of two bottles for $7.98.

    8. And an alcohol-free anti-bacterial **toy** cleaner so great that over 800 people have given it a five-star review and used it to clean their most intimate of items.

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    Promising review: "Smells awesome. Works perfectly at cleaning my toys 100%. The fragrant smell doesn’t linger after a couple of hours. Glad that it is antibacterial, so I am happy and my bum is happy. Shibari is the best brand out there after trying several of the 'high-end' brands. Even brands like Lelo can’t compare to Shibari." —Rob J

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. A copy of Germs Are Not for Sharing, a book designed to teach kiddos (and maybe some adults...just saying) the basics about how not to spread germs.

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    Promising review: "I wanted a book to teach my son about germs he can't see which can cause him or others to become sick. This could help to explain why we do things we do, like wash hands or not eating food on the floor. This worked great and the first night he wanted to read it five times." —LexMom

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    10. A pack of super portable Purell wipes for next time you have to wipe down an airplane seat, a shopping cart...a general child.

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    Promising review: "I ordered these prior to a bunch of air travel to wipe down my seat/tray table/seat belt buckle etc., as well as things in hotel rooms. This year's flu is no joke. I love that they come in sealed packs of 20, perfect size for travel and I can easily use a pack before they dry out. They have a really subtle fresh scent, not overpowering. The cloth is nice and soft. While I didn't run any scientific tests, I can attest that I didn't get sick after all that travel! We've thrown a pack into our camping gear box, and I've put one in the car. I'll definitely be ordering these again when we run out." —Amazon Customer

    Get six-packs of 20 wipes from Amazon for $9.48.

    11. A pack of odor neutralizing Lysol Neutra Air sanitizing spray designed to disinfect and get rid of all the bacteria that are flying around — who knew bacteria had wings?

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    Promising review: "This is a very nice air sanitizing spray, so long as you don't have unreasonable expectations for what it can do. This is not a perfumed spray that hides odors through force of smell but it attempts to neutralize odors through its formula. You can use this on carpets, furniture, cars, etc., and all you will smell is a light perfume smell upon initial usage which will go away soon afterward. It's good for light usage of a room (single can), or for larger projects (get the six-pack). It is also said to kill bacteria and germs which can be the source of further odors. It's worth a try before you go to more drastic measures, depending on what you are attempting to deodorize." —Ray

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $22.61.

    12. A pressurized steam cleaner, a light and portable device designed with nine accessories to help you sanitize all sorts of services (ceramic tile, granite, waterproof wood flooring, laminate tiles, most cotton and wool carpets, and washable wallpaper) with no chemicals.

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    Promising review: "This little steamer packs one powerful punch! It cleans grout like nobody’s business and is absolutely incredible at removing grease. I also used it to clean my kitchen cupboards in preparation for a touchup staining. I can’t say enough positive comments about this steamer. JUST BUY IT!" —M. Kittle

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    13. A compact, three-speed HEPA Filter Air Purifier that'll easily fit on your tabletop while it reduces up to 99.97% of harmful germs, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens as small as .3 microns...which is basically super tiny! Plus it uses UV-C light to help kill airborne viruses in rooms up to 78 square feet.

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    Promising review: "I have a dog with severe allergies to dust (lucky me right?) and I decided to try an at-home treatment before putting him on steroids. I put this purifier in a medium-sized room right next to his kennel, and since having this, his allergies have cleared up. This product is astounding." —Ashley Detterman

    Get it from Amazon for $54.98.

    14. A set of wrinkle-resistant hypoallergenic sheets made using a bamboo viscose fabric that inhibits bacteria — it's also moisture-wicking for all my fellow hot sleepers out there.

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    Promising review: "BEST PURCHASE EVER!!! I have been looking for new sheets and I often kept running into these 'high quality' sheets that would pill the instant you washed them. I saw the price of these sheets, the great reviews, and I decided to give it a go. They are so unbelievably soft — I feel like I am being cradled by newly made baby clouds. I am recovering from major surgery and comfort is so hard to come by in recovery: these sheets have provided me with a beautiful comfort that I feel like I can truly relax which helps with my pain management. I will be buying more colors of these sheets for myself and as gifts for friends and family too!" —Nakeya

    Get the four piece set from Amazon for $26.95+ (available in sizes twin-California king and in 43 colors).

    15. A pack of delightfully adorable cotton facemasks so when that stranger on the bus coughs in your face, you know you'll be fine.

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    Promising review: "Wow these are great! So much better than I expected! Really soft material and comfy to wear. The black is a good dark black too, so cute! I'm going through chemo and really worry about germs this winter. I wanted something a bit better than the doctor's paper ones. I'm totally ordering more!" —Coco

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four styles).

    16. A set of biodegradable fruit and vegetable wipes to get your greens sparkling clean before you chow down — they also help extend your produces life.

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    Kit includes 10 powder wash packs (which can wash 300 lbs. of produce), 32 biodegradable travel wipes, and 4 reusable grocery bags.

    Promising review: "Life saver, money saver, game changer!! Prolongs the life of fruits and veggies 10xs longer. These bags extend the freshness and taste!" —Robin McCarl

    Get the set from Amazon for $19.99.

    17. A bottle of Bissell's deep clean and antibacterial carpet cleaner so you can finally get rid of that stain that's lived on your floor for too long — it also kills all that odor-causing bacteria you hate so much.

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    Promising review: "I had to clean the wall to wall carpet in my house before putting it on the market. I knew that carpet trapped germs and odors but this carpet cleaning formula worked great. It removed stains and left a fresh fragrance. The folks that purchased our home were allergic to cats and they were shocked when we told them that we'd had pets the entire 15 years we'd lived in the house. Our buyers said that they were able to tell which homes they looked at had pets because they had an allergic reaction the minute they walked inside, but not in our house. They also told us they thought the carpet was new." —Roseanne M. Pickering

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. A pack of disposable toilet seat covers designed to be a little bigger than normal so they hang over the sides, plus they have adhesive strips to make sure they stay in place.

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    Promising review: "If you're a germaphobe like myself, these are a must-have in your diaper bag. The thought of placing my son or daughter on a public toilet with only a seat liner is disturbing especially since they're both little and still hold onto the toilet seat for support when peeing/pooping. These cover the toilet completely and even cover the lower part of the toilet where dangling legs and pants/skirts touch. My only complaint about these is that they are not flushable. It's difficult trying to gather the liner up (they are rather large) without touching the toilet or the possibly wet liner (because it partially fell in the water) and then scrunching it up to fit into a sanitary napkin bin. Other than that, these are great. Also, I don't use the adhesive strips at all since I have two little ones that usually need to go right away so we don't have the time to remove the adhesive backing. I usually just place the liner on the toilet and then carefully plop my kid on top and all's well." —Ting

    Get 24 covers from Amazon for $8.29.

    19. A super comfy, foldable two-in-one shopping cart and high chair cover that'll fit every standard and larger size shopping cart — it's also machine-washable so after it protects your kiddo from germs you can throw it in the wash to guarantee it does it again.

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    Promising review: "This item is the best. Once you open it, you realize it folds up after each use and tucks into itself so you can carry it like a little bag. I use it at every restaurant. It ties to the sides of the high hair and it even buckles him in. It's a must-buy. Easy to wash too." —Tinkrbelle

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98.

    20. A pack of 1200 antibacterial wipes so you can literally have enough wipes to clean every surface you ever touch.

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    Promising review: "As a mother to four young children these wipes are not only a necessity but the pleasant scent makes them a luxury. I literally clean everything with these! Twin tested mother approved!" —Pia Gentry

    Get a pack of six containers with 200 wet wipes each from Amazon for $38.92 (available in two scents).

    21. And a plunger — now hear me out! If you ride public transit, you know how disgusting the handles you **have** to hold on to can be, SO, instead, bring one of these with you, plunge it onto the ceiling and make your own handle! Safety from both falling AND getting a deadly virus from the jerk who hasn't washed his hands since the last time he grabbed his crotch.

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    Get it from Amazon for $6.26.

    Next time a germ tries to get anywhere near you they can just...

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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