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Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

Weekly cleaning advice

Cleaning. Does anyone ever really want to spend their time doing such a chore? Probably not, but it's a necessary evil if you want to keep your home free of dust, dirt and goo. The good news is that you need do only a few things every week to keep your home spic and span.

Woman with cleaning supplies

Dusting

Why it's important: This chore, as annoying as it may be, will help improve the air quality of your home and can help remove particles that can cause allergies.

Tools to help with the chore: Many stores now sell wipes or towels that are specifically treated to attract and hold dust particles. Not only will this make your dusting go faster, it will also ensure dust particles don't get brushed into the air of your home.

bathroom sanitizing

Why it's important: We use bathrooms on a daily basis to wash our hands and bodies of dirty particles. Many of these germs happily stick to the surfaces we touch. The only way to get rid of them is to give your sinks, toilets and bathtubs a hearty cleaning.

Tools to help with the chore: All-purpose cleaners, even environmentally friendly ones, can help speed up the process. Because they clean multiple surfaces, you can easily sanitize your bathroom without having to swap products.

Doing the dishes

Why it's important: Even though you may want to leave them for a more convenient time, get them out of the way as quickly as possible. Dirty dishes are a breeding ground for toxic germs like E. coli.

Tools to help with the chore: Tons of new products are on the market to speed up your dishwashing routine. Some include sturdy sponges and aromatic dish soap (to help you relax while scrubbing away last night's dinner).

Vacuuming

Why it's important: Vacuuming is one of the most important things you can do for your home to keep it clean of dust and dirt. Not only will vacuuming keep your air cleaner, it's also one of the easiest ways to make your home look like it's constantly being cleaned (take note, last-minute hostesses).

Tools to help with the chore: A decent vacuum cleaner is an absolute must. Inexpensive but reliable models are your best bet. Look for models with superior airflow and filtration systems.

Cleaning the refrigerator

Why it's important: Leftovers and most fresh food products last only seven days max in the refrigerator. Leave them longer, and you'll have a fridge full of moldy, stinky, bacteria-filled mystery.

Tools to help with the chore: Every night before you go to bed, take stock of what's in your refrigerator. If you think something's going to go bad soon, move it to the front of the fridge so someone can either eat it or throw it in the garbage. That way, you're reducing the amount of food you needlessly throw out, and you'll be keeping your fridge clear of stinky, germ-riddled food.

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