While you wash and scrub, the mops, sponges and appliances you use are equally busy harboring and spreading germs. Here’s how to give that bacteria the brush-off and keep your house spotless, sparkling and hygienic.
Clean the Dishwasher
Weekly: Leave the door open after running the machine to let it dry completely. Pull out the bottom rack and run a damp paper towel around the basin’s surface to clean out debris. Pay special attention to the drain area.
Monthly: Use a cloth dampened with white vinegar and water to clean the rubber gasket that’s around the door. Pour a cup of vinegar into a glass or any other dishwasher-safe container on the top rack and run a cycle—with no other dishes—on the hottest setting. To deal with strong odors, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the floor of the basin, then run the dishwasher on a half cycle, again without any dishes. Afterward, wipe down the interior with a clean, damp cloth and crack open the door until it’s dry.