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6 Germy Places in Your Home You Should Clean but Probably Don't

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We’ve been spending a lot of time in our homes, cleaning surfaces and other highly touched places. But experts say that germs often hide behind the scenes and you need to dig deep to truly sanitize your dwelling. When you think about the germiest parts of your home, the toilet and trash seem like the obvious culprits, so it comes as a surprise to learn that the less obvious places tend to be the dirtiest.

If you are ready to get some down-and-dirty Spring cleaning done in time for Easter, here are some expert tips on six essential, but often ignored, areas to focus on.

  1. Dishwasher.  According to AARP, food left behind in the dishwasher can harbor smelly bacteria, even if your dishes are sparking clean. Dr. Haley Oliver, an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue University, suggests removing the filter from the dishwasher floor and cleaning it with dish detergent and a brush. She recommends doing this once a week to remove germs and then running the dishwasher with a little white vinegar to remove scum from the interior walls.
     
  2. Stove range hood. Layers of grease tend to accumulate on the range hood or exhaust fan of stoves, but most people tend to overlook this when cleaning up. Dust gets stuck to the grease and germs can also breed here, Care.com reported. Oven cleaners contain harsh chemicals so using lemon juice, baking soda, and white vinegar with a little elbow grease can help scour away grime safely and effectively.
  1. Can opener. When was the last time you cleaned your can opener? According to Real Simple, it is one of the dirtiest items in the kitchen. It can accumulate salmonella and E. Coli because the wheels on an old-fashioned can opener get food from inside the can all over them. Wash the opener with soap and water after each use, making sure to get rid of any trapped foodstuff between the wheels.
  1. Reusable shopping bags. Those often-used bags stored in your trunk are a breeding ground for bacteria. “On a lot of these reusable bags we found more E. Coli and fecal bacteria than you do in your underwear,” said Dr. Charles P. Gerba, a well-known microbiologist at the University of Arizona, according to AARP. “If you use the same bags to carry raw meat products and raw vegetables, you could make a salmonella salad really easily.”  Gerba suggests disinfecting the reusable bags in hot water using a washing machine and keeping bags separate for produce and meat.
  1. Mattress. An Ohio State University Study found that our mattresses contain millions of dust mites, while other researchers found more than 16 million colony-forming units of bacteria per square inch, according to WebMD. Experts recommend taking your mattress off its frame twice a year and vacuuming every inch with your upholstery and crevice tool to suck up dust, dead skin, and dirt. Cover the cleaned mattress with a waterproof and washable mattress protector.
  1. Ceiling fan blades. Ceiling fans circulate not only air, but also dust and pollen, according to AARP. Allergy experts recommend wiping down ceiling fan blades with a damp cloth at least one a month.

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