Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention, visits roommates Ashley and Lindsay and shows them the six hot spots in a house that can harbor millions of germs.
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Home Spring Cleaning Tips Dr. Travis Stork: When you think of spring cleaning, the first thing that probably comes to mind is getting rid of clutter and doing a lot of scrubbing. But are you cleaning the areas that matter the most? Well, we wanted to find out so we sent Prevention Magazine’s Liz Vaccariello on a special house call to show us the top six surprising germ hiding spots. Liz Vaccariello: Hi, I’m Liz and I’m here to help you do a little spring cleaning. I understand one of you is a neat freak and the other, not so much. Let’s start with the dirtiest area in your home, the doormat. 96% of shoes had coliform on it which contains fecal bacteria. There’s two things you can do, spray the doormat once a week with a fabric- safe disinfectant. And like we say in The Doctors time and time again, leave your shoes outside. That prevents all bacteria from getting inside. Your refrigerator door’s seal, 83% of door seals contain common mold that means every time you open or close the door, you’re going to spread it to the air or potentially contaminate your food. Wipe it once a week with a diluted bleach solution or disinfectant. The dishwasher, all kinds of food can get stuck in the drain and that can make bacteria grow and perhaps you can get your dishes clean. Take a dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar, put it in an empty dishwater and run the cycle on the hottest setting. Another germ hotspot, the pump on the soap dispenser and if you think about it, your dirty finger is what is pressing on it, so an easy way to keep it clean is to just wipe it down from antibacterial wiper for a couple of days. If you’re using air fresheners to get rid of odors, you may be exposing yourself to toxic chemicals. You use apple cider vinegar or baking soda with a little water in a spray to deodorize your room. Let’s talk about the washing machine, 25% of them had fecal bacteria. Just one pair of underwear can contaminate your whole load with bacteria and viruses. Wash undergarments with one cup of bleach in your wash water, and make sure that you turn it to 140 degrees. Put it on the highest hot setting. Okay ladies you have some cleaning to do, so I’m going to let you go to it. Ashley: Bye. Lindsay: Bye.