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5 Germiest Spots in Your Home

How to handle the top bacterial offenders.

By Nicole Sforza
Kitchen sinkMonica Buck

It’s not just the bathroom that could use some extra TLC now and then. Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., a microbiologist and a codirector of the Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community at Simmons College, in Boston, lists some top bacterial offenders beyond the bathroom walls.

 

Doorknobs and Light Switches

Use disinfecting wipes, or go high-tech with the Verilux CleanWave UV Sanitizing Travel Wand ($30, amazon.com).

Kitchen Sponges

Soak in water with a squirt of lemon juice, then microwave on high for a minute. Toss and replace every couple of weeks.

Kitchen Drain and Faucet Handle

Pour baking soda, then white vinegar, down the drain. Wait for five minutes and flush with boiling water. Wash tap handles with disinfectant.

Dog Bowl

Clean after every use, preferably in the dishwasher.

Computer Keyboard

Disconnect the keyboard and spray with compressed air. Then dab a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and swipe the keys and the spaces in between.

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