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The 10 dirtiest things in your house

Keep your house healthy and clean by learning how to eradicate germs.

What are the 10 dirtiest, grimiest, germiest, stinkiest, grossest things in your home? We spoke to cleaning expert Anne, from Toronto-based Homestead Maid to get the lowdown on the most common, worst-offending messes in Canadian homes.

Here's the thing: Not all these trouble spots are obvious. In fact, many look clean. The good news is it doesn't take a lot of elbow grease – or harsh chemical cleaners – to ensure they truly are clean.
 
Here's what to look out for and how to get it squeaky clean.

1 Cleaning equipment
"When it comes to dirt and germs, first and foremost are the actual rags, sponges and scrub brushes you clean with," says Anne.

Cleaning 411:
• Run sponges through the dishwasher, or microwave them on high for a couple of minutes.
• Nylon and stainless-steel scouring pads and brushes can go in the dishwasher.
• Rinse, wring out and hang dry kitchen rags after use; launder them either every couple days or when they begin to smell.
• Always toss rags into the laundry after they've been used to mop up spills from raw meat.

2 The toilet base
Don't just clean the toilet bowl and seat. The real mess is usually on the rim, toilet base and surrounding floor. "Especially when you have small children – or men – in the household," says Anne.

Cleaning 411:
• Always wipe down the toilet rim and base when cleaning the toilet.
• Wipe or mop the floor around the toilet base as needed or at least weekly.

3 The kitchen sink drain
"All kinds of food debris gets caught in the drain and causes bad smells," says Anne. Left to build up too long, clogs can develop.

Cleaning 411:
• Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar, let sit for a minute, then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain, for an inexpensive, eco-friendly once-a-week disinfecting/deodorizing treatment.

Looking for eco-friendly cleaning tips? We've got the perfect tips and tricks for environmentally friendly spring cleaning.
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