Dr. Philip Tierno, director of New York University's microbiology department says the kitchen sink is the dirtiest place in most households—surpassing even your toilet bowls! Find out where germs are breeding in your house and how to eliminate them.

How to Keep Your House Clean
  • To get your kitchen sink clean: Use a germicide and a brush with chlorine and water.
  • Dishrags and sponges: Clean them in a washing machine with bleach. No one should use a sponge for more than a month.
  • Trashcans should be sprayed with a disinfectant every time you change the bag. If you see any liquid material, thoroughly wash it.
  • Air-dry everything. Dryness kills germs and prevents them from growing.
  • Humidifiers: Bacteria grow in the water and spreads when you run the humidifier. Before you add new water, thoroughly clean the system.
  • Dust mites: Vacuum your mattress, carpeting and drapery at a very high setting. You can also use a chemical cleaner you can buy in stores called benzyl benzoate. Impervious covers for your pillows and mattress will prevent dust mites from coming through.
  • Sheets, pillow casings and impervious casings should be washed in 150 degrees Fahrenheit every seven days.
  • Pillows functionally last 3–5 years.
  • Vacuum bags should be changed once a month.
  • Stuffed animals: Vacuum weekly and/or throw them in the dryer at a high setting to kill germs.
  • Experts say disposable razors are only good for three uses. They become dull, knick your skin, and the old skin cells become a breeding ground for infection.

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