You've got the tools, but it's all about how you use them.
Stacking dishes or putting too many utensils in your basket could impact your appliance's ability to reach items with soap and water — meaning . Even worse: If you pre-wash your dishes, you might not notice.
When it comes to , soap and warm water doesn't always cut it. After using one to slice 'n dice raw meat or poultry, soak it in a bleach solution to prevent cross-contamination when prepping your next meal.
are some of the most-touched areas in your home — so it makes sense that they're also the germiest. Take to 'em with a disinfectant wipe on the daily to keep germs at bay.
Since your is a hot bed for bacteria and mold, we beg of you: Wash every removable part after each use — not just the pot. Think how much better your coffee will taste each morning!
When you spray furniture directly, it creates build-up that's tough to remove and (womp, womp). To avoid this, spray your cloth with the cleaner, then rub the cloth on dusty surfaces.
Streaky surfaces? You might be and spreading germs while you're at it. Even if your towel doesn't look old, it should be replaced daily since it's used on high-traffic (read: dirtier) areas.
We'll give you a thumbs up for dusting, but a thumbs down for using a tool that only spreads dust from . Use a microfiber cloth instead, which will grab — and hold onto — particles.
Before washing them, that is. If you forget to tackle the dust on your sills, any window cleaner that drips onto the frame will become a of dusty liquid (yuck). A vacuum or microfiber cloth can tackle it nicely.
Well hello, breeding ground for ! Instead of just dropping your wet brush into the holder, set it across the seat so it can drip-dry over the bowl before putting it away for good.
If you notice an unpleasant odor (especially in your kitchen), it might mean you haven't been cleaning your trash can enough. Wipe it down once a week with a cleaner containing bleach to keep nasty smells under control.
"Give spray tub and tile cleaners a few minutes to work before wiping them away, "says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the . "Letting them sit helps soften and dissolve soap scum and stains, so less scrubbing is required."
Before you take to your keyboard with a wipe, make sure you turn it over and tap out food crumbs first — or else you'll be stuck with an even bigger mess.
While this grease-fighting product is powerful, it behind on surfaces that aren't plates and cups. So you should steer clear of using this liquid soap on your car windows, and mirrors.
We get it: You want to sleep on the softest sheets possible. But using more product than is will have the opposite effect: "Just pouring it in usually adds too much and that can make fabrics stiff and scratchy, or even greasy, and reduce towels' absorbency," says Forte.
These cleaning superheroes won't, in fact, be that helpful if you don't (and replace them every month). To do this, soak your sponge in water, place it in a microwavable dish, then heat it on high for a minute.
After you make your smoothie, don't just swish warm water and soap around in the basin. You have to actually and wash it separately to prevent gunk build-up. Follow this advice for food processors and electric can openers, too.
Raise your hand if you've ever poured in a little for an extra dirty load of laundry. Well it turns out if you use too much, the cleaner and your stains might not rinse out of clothes. Yikes!
Sure, the medicine cabinet might seem like a safe, germ-free environment, but the lack of light actually makes it a . Instead, keep your brush out in the light — just make sure you close the lid on the toilet when you flush.
Especially , which might have lingering food bacteria on them. You should treat them like any other fabrics in terms of care, but just turn them inside out before tossing them into the washing machine.
Even though a warm, sunny day might be the most pleasant experience for this task, the heat will cause your cleaner to dry before you can finish cleaning — leaving in its wake. And suddenly cloudy days are your best friend.
This is crucial — forget this step and you'll just end up . For bagless vacuums, empty the canister after every use. Or if yours has a bag, replace it once it's one-third full.
Since garlic is so sticky, bits of the food might get stuck in the of your garlic press after you use it — so you should always hand wash your tool to ensure it's clean for tomorrow's dinner prep.
For starters, you should flush this thing regularly so as not to let foot just sit in it (ew). And you should also , to keep smells at bay: "You can grind up ice or citrus peels to help clean the blades and remove odor," says Forte.
We know, you probably don't want to think about it, but these things are touched by a lot of people and have a lot of — so take to it with a disinfectant wipe at least every week.
The sad truth is sometimes food gets stuck around your dishwasher's filter, which might make it smell. So about , you should remove the filter, rinse it thoroughly, then run a cycle with a machine cleaner.