by Carly Ledbetter, The Huffington Post

Cleaning your house is an emotional roller coaster — you want to clean it, you procrastinate, you finally clean it and then your house is dirty again. But if you’re not cleaning your house correctly, certain items stay dirty and that can be bad for your health.

We want you to stay healthy. So we’ve rounded up some of the best advice we’ve ever heard on how to clean the stuff in your home — from the bedroom to the bathroom and beyond.

1. Toilets

Even though your shower is sparkling and your toilet bowl looks impeccable, there’s one area you’re probably missing, and that’s the back of your toilet. Though it’s hard to see, it’s easy for urine and fecal matter to build up there, leaving a residue that’s both gross and tough to clean. Try this HuffPost hack from author Jolie Kerr: Roll up a few paper towels like a cigar, soaking them in a bathroom cleaner and “floss” the area until it’s spick-and-span.

 

2. Garbage disposals

Though you might be convinced your kitchen garbage disposal gets rid of all the food you throw down there everyday, it’s important to clean the (likely smelly) disposal once a week. Instead of using a store-bought sink cleaner, using homemade white vinegar ice cubes (yep, just freeze ‘em yourself) or throwing in citrus rinds and cold water is just as effective.

3. Towels

Aside from squashing that whole “higher thread count is better” rumor, luxury linens designer Nancy Koltes also shot down the use of fabric softeners to “clean” towels. “Fabric softeners or worse, fabric softener sheets, function by putting a coating on fabrics which cannot be removed, rendering towels in particular less absorbent.”

4. Pet Hair

Pet hair can be one of the biggest nuisances in cleaning your home and despite daily cleanings, you might not always get up all the hair and fur you want to. One of the best tricks in the book is to wet a pair of rubber gloves and run it over furniture — ensuring you get everything the vacuum, tape and lint rollers did not.

5. Workout Clothes

If you think you’re really washing the smell out of your workout clothes by simply using detergent, think again. Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Cleaner Plain & Simple, told HuffPost’s OWN that she recommends adding white vinegar and baking soda to kill the smelly bacteria. Put clothes in the washer as your normally would, adding vinegar the first time you run the load. After one wash, use a half-cup of baking soda, and then throw clothes into the dryer.

Read the entire list at The Huffington Post.

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