What you should be cleaning in your home

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What You Should Be Cleaning In Your Home


Put your cereal down cause it's about to get nasty. Here's what you should be cleaning in your home, and some of it has to do with what comes off of our bodies.

Bed sheets, pillows, and comforters collect 2 million cells every week. They also pick up a lot of moisture and dust mite excrement. SICK.

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Clean your sheets and pillow cases weekly, and give your pillows and comforters a turn in the washing machine about 4 times a year.

On top of all that, your mattress should be freshened up about every six months. You can actually get rid of dust and other things that irritate your body by vacuuming your mattress. And heads up, if you've had that thing for over 7 years, it might be time to get a new one.

Now let's hit the floor. Your carpet should be vacuumed every two weeks, and more if you got a shedding pet. If you can swing it, get it steam cleaned once a year. Your carpet has a lot to do with the air quality in your home, so try to keep it tidy.

Toilets need a scrubbing once a week and a deserve a deep clean once a month. You know what goes in there. So even if you do just a quick bowl brushing, it will go a long way in preventing the spread of germs.

While you're in the bathroom, you can improve your water pressure by soaking your shower head once a year. Unless you want to take it off the wall, an easy way to do this is to tie a bag of vinegar around the show head and let it soak overnight.

When you get done with the shower make sure those towels are clean. They should get washed after about 3 or 4 uses and always make sure they get air dried. Unless you like drying your body off with mold and mildew. Gross.

Here's to a happy, healthy, and clean New Year.

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What you should be cleaning in your home

Make a habit of putting at least one thing away when you enter a different room in your house. 

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Spray an all-purpose cleaner every time you shower. This will prevent mildew build up and ensure you never have to an entire two hours to clean your showers.

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Opt for a shower gel or body wash instead of using a bar of soap to avoid extra shower scum. Bath & Body Works has a Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte variation perfect for this season. 

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Pour a cup of Borax in your toilet before hitting the sack. Give your toilet bowl a little toilet wand love in the morning and presto your toilet is sparkling.

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Get rid of pet hair (and your own) by wiping all your hairy surfaces with a pair of slightly damp rubber gloves. 

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Has this ever happened to you? ::tragic::

Grab your iron and lift that stain right up. 

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To clean a dirty microwave take a simple sponge and throw it into a bowl with water, dish soap and vinegar. Then, place the damp sponge inside your microwave and heat for three minutes. Once that's done, the microwave will be full of condensation and much easier to clean. Be careful though, the sponge will be very hot so it's best to wear rubber gloves as you clean. 

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Clean your shower liner by throwing it in the wash with a few soiled towels. Add a half-cup of baking soda in with your normal amount of detergent. At the rinse cycle, dump in a half-cup of vinegar. Hang your shower liner to dry.

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Keep coal or baking soda in your fridge to absorb gross odors. 

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Line your George Foreman grill with aluminum foil before using it to avoid hours of scrubbing post-eating.  

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Eat straight out of takeout containers or a tortilla to avoid having dishes to wash. 

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Keep cleaning supply where you use it. 

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Avoid heavy-duty fridge cleaning by lining your fridge shelves with Press' N Seal

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