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How to keep your home germfree

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

Germ proof your home

It's nearly impossible to live an entirely germfree life, but you can maintain a germfree home without too much effort. To keep germs at bay, and keep your home and family healthy, follow these simple steps:

Woman cleaning faucetStep 1: Can the can

Many store bought disinfectants are filled with chemicals that can be just as deadly (if not more) than the germs lurking in your home. So, skip the solutions and try a few natural remedies for a germfree home.

Step 2: Multitask

White household vinegar is a great way to keep your home germfree. Fantastic for cleaning everything from countertops to carpets, this nontoxic, multipurpose product eliminates more than 90 percent of bacteria and more than 80 percent of mold and germs.

Step 3: Germ hot spots

To keep your home germfree, be extra vigilant about cleaning the areas of your home that see the most traffic. Don't forget to disinfect germ traps such as doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets, computer keyboards, remote controls, phones, and your kids' toys.

Step 4: Dry it out

Make sure your sponges and cleaning rags don't become sources for the very germs they are intended to wipe out! To prevent spreading additional germs, thoroughly wash and dry out your cleaning sponges, dish towels, and washcloths between uses.

Step 5: Wash up

Make sure you wash your hands before and after handling food, after going to the bathroom, and when you come home from being out and about doing errands (just think about how many other hands were on that grocery cart before yours). If you have little ones, teach them how important it is to wash their hands to prevent germs.

Step 6: Contain the cooties

If you or a family member does get sick, prevent germs from spreading through your home by making sure the sick person uses paper cups until he or she is no longer contagious.

Step 7: Filter germs out

Change out the filters in your home on a regular basis or when it appears to be getting "full."

Step 8: Wipe it down

Keep antibacterial disposable wipes on hand in spots where your family members can quickly reach them to wipe their hands, etc.

Step 9: Cuddle in cleanliness

Wash bed linens on a weekly basis to prevent germs in the bedroom.

Step 10: Lighten the load

Taking small steps such as inserting a cleansing block in the toilet will help you prevent germs while you cut back on housework; nothing wrong with that!

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