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7 Resolutions for a Healthier Household
With each New Year comes a chance to make healthier choices, so why not start with your home? Here are a few simple remedies to make your house a healthier haven.
Sanitize Your Sponge
You know the kitchen sponge you use to get things clean? It's the No. 1 source of germs in your home! But there's an easy way to help deal with those nasty bacteria. Just pop a damp sponge in the microwave for two minutes. Let it cool for one minute and you're all set.
Keep Teddy Tidy
Dust mites love to hide in plush toys, which means your kiddo's best “stuffed” friend could be harboring some unwelcome houseguests. There are a couple of ways to help get rid of mites. Either throw the toy in the washing machine (use hot water) and dry it on high heat, or put it in a freezer bag and leave it in the freezer overnight.
Toss the Toothbrush
Most of us are good at remembering to brush our teeth twice a day, but proper dental hygiene doesn't end there. You should also change your toothbrush every three months and after you've been sick because bacteria can lurk in the bristles.
Flip That Mattress
Flipping or turning your mattress helps keep it in good shape, which means it'll last longer. An easy way to remember to flip is to do it with every new season. For example, end-over-end in summer and winter, and side-to-side in spring and fall.
Hang Up On Germs
Your home phone can harbor more than 100,000 germs, which means every time you answer the phone you're contaminating your hands and face. So make sure to wipe down the receiver regularly.
Crack Those Closets
Closets can start to smell musty in wintertime because of all the heavy fabrics we need to keep on hand to stay warm. To help, crack all your closet doors a little to circulate clean air and make sure to clean your bulky sweaters and coats regularly.
Nuke Microwave Messes
Food splatters left behind in the microwave decrease the efficiency of your machine. But here's an easy cleaning tip. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with two cups of water and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Run the microwave on High for five minutes. Take out the bowl and wipe down the microwave with a paper towel. Now your microwave is clean and smells good!