It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season. Being sick is never fun, but it’s especially not fun at work and not when you spread your germs to those around you. Catching the cold or flu doesn’t have to be inevitable in the workplace, though—with some simple cleaning supplies, you can do your part to keep the office healthy!

Here are a few common sanitizing products we suggest having in the workplace. You can buy items individually or in bulk!

  • Disinfectant wipes. These are handy to have around the office—keep a few containers around so that employees can wipe down desks and equipment easily. We carry various brands, including Lysol and Clorox. Also be sure to wipe down all door handles, light switches, or anything that multiple people touch during the day.
  • All-purpose cleaner. This type of cleaner is ideal for cleaning larger surfaces like meeting room tables. Make sure to have plenty of paper towels, too!
  • Nothing kills germs quite like bleach! We carry both wipes and spray and have many brands. When using a product that contains bleach, use gloves as bleach is hard on the skin.
  • Hand sanitizer. Like disinfectant wipes, have hand sanitizer in multiple areas of the office. It’s especially important to have it in the break room, and encourage employees to use it before touching door handles or other surfaces. We carry brands that kill 99.99% of germs, such as Purell and Dial.
  • Hand soap. This is always important to have, but hand soap tends to run out quicker during cold and flu season. This is one we highly suggest buying in bulk!

In addition to cleaning supplies for the workplace, make sure you have plenty of tissues to help with those stuffy noses!

The best thing you can do for yourself and your coworkers is to stay home when you’re sick. Generally, you can be contagious with the cold or flu 1-2 days before feeling any symptoms. If someone in the office is out sick, that’s a good time for heavier cleaning, like the use of bleach. Otherwise, using sanitizing wipes and all-purpose cleaner is good to use every day to keep areas disinfected.

We hope you stay healthy this cold and flu season! For all sanitizing products, check out our shop on the Great River Office Products website: