8 Smart Cleaning Techniques
More of this: A no-shoes-in-the-house rule. And for those who refuse, a radical wipe-your-feet policy (with wipes!).
Less of that: Vacuuming and mopping your life away.
A scary number of germs hitch a ride on the bottoms of shoes and end up in your home. (Sole-crushing, we know.) To help fight the bacteria that you track in, enforce a no-shoes policy. A basket near the door "baited" with a couple of pairs helps to convey house rules. Slightly more extreme (but effective): Clean the bottoms of shoes with antibacterial wipes when you enter the house (Clorox disinfecting wipes, $5.50, soap.com). Keep the wipes stashed in an entry console. Worried about pet feet? On paws, use Pet-E-Pure all-natural antibacterial wipes ($10 for 100, pet-e-pure.com).