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16 Places to keep clean this cold and flu season (INFOGRAPHIC)

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Give these places a good scrub to avoid being sick this season

Cold and flu season is no joke, but you can lessen your chances of catching one of these nasty sicknesses by being proactive.

Know the places in your home where most germs reside, and do your best to keep them clean and bacteria-free.

When you get to cleaning, skip the sponges and cloths — those items tend to spread germs around rather than pick them up. Instead, grab your disinfectant wipes or spray and start scrubbing any hard surfaces. Everything else should be run through the washing machine with hot water, if possible.

Check out our list below for the places you should target.

Give these places a good scrub to avoid being sick this season
Image: Karen Cox/SheKnows

Give these places a good scrub to avoid being sick this season
Image: Karen Cox/SheKnows

Sources: WebMD, NY State Department of Health

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