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Maintaining a consistent cleaning schedule can keep chaotic clutter and harmful germs at bay in your home. However, germophobes may be shocked to learn that not every household item requires daily, or even weekly, sterilization. Take a break from laundering your duvet cover and vacuuming your vents to learn exactly which items in your home are being overscrubbed. And remember: Less sometimes is more when it comes to cleaning.
Those with the gift of gab may spend untold hours on the telephone, but frequency of use doesn’t require anyone to lavish extra cleansing attention on the landline. Schedule monthly wipe-downs for your home phone to ensure optimal cleanliness.
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Children’s toys are often considered couriers of dirt, detritus, and germs; but those taking up permanent residence in the bathtub aren’t quiet as grimy. Soak bath toys in a cocktail of half cup white vinegar and one gallon of warm water once a month to ward off pathogens and bacteria.
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Resting your head on a filthy pillowcase is not the stuff of which sweet dreams are made, but the pillow insert itself requires fewer trips to the laundry. Toss your pillows in the wash once every three to six months for a blissfully unsullied repose every evening.
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Despite your inner neatnik’s sentiments toward a soot-dusted fireplace, the hearth is low priority in terms of cleaning. A seasonal airing-out of the fireplace with the assistance of a chimney sweep will keep the space suitable for impromptu entertaining -- or Santa’s next visit.
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The cloth covers used to adorn and safeguard your furniture against wear are resilient; unless sudden stains occur, laundering slipcovers with the help of a trusted dry cleaner on a biannual basis is quite enough to preserve their integrity.
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Many homeowners clean their ovens either far too frequently or not nearly enough. Accumulated food scraps require immediate attention, but the oven deep-cleaning sweet spot is once each season. A weekly wipe-down will prevent undue grit from amassing, but a rigorous rubdown with oven cleaner need happen only every several months. Additionally, refrain from lathering up your continuously cleaning or self-cleaning oven in harsh commercial cleaners.
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Discarding dry goods past their prime is a matter of simple good sense, but pillaging your pantry for expired food weekly is entirely unnecessary. Unlike the refrigerator, the pantry houses edible items that will likely last months, if not a year. Focus your attention on ridding your fridge and freezer of spoiled sustenance, and leave the pantry detox for the end of each season.
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Polishing your most beloved wooden furniture is a sign of pride in the piece's workmanship, but doing so rigorously and often can quite literally take the shine off. In lieu of buffing wooden furniture after each and every use, try a gentler feather duster on a regular rotation.
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Given the choice, your dog would likely eschew bathtime entirely. In reality, dogs do need the occasional ablution -- just not as many as you might expect. Your canine cleanings should occur only every two to four months to preclude skin irritation, but the occasional rinse in between to remove dirt or odor may occur.
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