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6 Things You Should Clean, But Probably Don’t

Doormats
Researchers at the University of Arizona found that about 96 percent of shoes carry traces of fecal bacteria on the soles. If you think about the legions of feet that have crossed your threshold, you might decide that itís time to give the welcome mat a welcome washing. Vacuum mats with fabric tops before washing to remove dust and loose dirt; you can wash rubber-backed mats in the washing machine. The easiest way to clean any doormat is to spray it down with a garden hose or use the pressure washer at a car wash, using a small amount of soap or detergent. Allow the mat to air-dry completely before putting it back into service. Read more reasons to remove your shoes before entering.

No matter how vigilant we are, we can never create a completely sterile environment. Itís normal to come into contact with some germs and bacteriaóthey help us digest our food, keep our immune systems on alert, and provide a whole host of beneficial services. We canít eradicate every single microbe that crosses our paths, but given the choice between living with more or fewer bacteria, you donít have to be a clean freak to know which to pick.

For more, see: Battle the Top 10 Germ Hotspots, Vinegar Kills Bacteria, Mold, and Germs

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12:11PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Thanks.

9:13AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Thanks. Good to know but a bit scary.

3:12AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Lire cet article fait peur. Je pense que c'est le temps du grand nettoyage !

1:02AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

thanks. All gets done except keyboard. Too scared to.

8:34AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Thanks for article.

9:33AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

good reminder

10:29PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

thanks for the ideas

4:49PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Thanks for the reminders.

9:32AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing

6:04AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Bravo......thanks

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