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5 Things You Are Forgetting to Clean

You may be doing a great job at cleaning your countertops, floors and bathrooms, but when it comes to keeping your home truly clean and healthy (especially healthy!), there may be a few things you are missing.
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You may be doing a great job at cleaning your countertops, floors and bathrooms, but when it comes to keeping your home truly clean and healthy (especially healthy!), there may be a few things you are missing.

Here are 5 things I think you should be cleaning, but you probably are missing:

Toothbrush Holder
According to a post from CafeMom.com, a 2011 study named the toothbrush holder the third most germ-infected place in your home and because that place houses your toothbrushes, you run a high chance of transferring those germs into your body. Rinse the holder with hot water and use a pipe cleaner to reach inside the holes to scrub the inside clean. Fill the holder with mouthwash (click here for some DIY mouthwash recipes), allow to sit for 2 minutes, rinse with warm water, and let air dry.

Trash Cans
Even if you regularly use trash bags, you need to still clean your trashcans every two months, suggests BrightNest.com. After you have emptied the trash itself, take the cans outside and spray with a hose (if you don't have access to an outdoor hose, use your shower or bathtub). Spritz with vinegar to absorb odors and wash the inside with a scrub-brush. Let air dry outside if possible--sunlight will help kill any additional mold.

Cell Phones
I live in New York where we are always catching trains, cabs and elevators--using our hands to help us get where we need to go. And then we grab our cell phones with those very same hands. Need I say more about spreading germs? Spray a clean cloth with a prepared mix of 60% water and 40% isopropyl alcohol and wipe down your phones and even cords. Dip a cotton swab in this same solution to clean those tiny phone areas such as microphone slots, speaker jacks and ear buds--especially if you've been sick. This same trick works great for cleaning your home phones and remote controls too!

Reusable Grocery Bags
You are doing a great job of saving the planet by taking your own bag to the grocery store, but when is the last time you washed it? While many may be machine washable, A Drop of This blog suggests using a DIY disinfectant spray made with a mixture of vinegar, distilled water and your favorite antibacterial essential oil (I am loving clove oil). Spray your bags inside and out after every grocery trip and let air-dry.

Air Vents
Try this great trick from Home Sweet Homebodies: Grab a metal butter knife and a clean soft cloth. Wrap the cloth around the knife, spray the vent with an all-purpose cleaner (use the recipe above) and insert the knife between the metal slats. Clean side to side, readjusting the cloth as necessary so you have a clean area to use. Rinse and repeat. This trick works especially well for apartment dwellers who may not be able to remove their vents to clean.

Talk to us: What is the one spot in your home that you don't think about cleaning?