At this point in the season, most of us know at least one person who’s fighting a cold or flu. We can’t do much about the germs flying around in schools, workplaces and stores, but we can do a lot to make sure our homes aren’t making us sick. In the March/April issue of Natural Home magazine, health editor Amy Mayfield gives a great rundown on how to keep our homes’ 10 germiest places a little more germ-free.
1. Sponges and rags. Wash sponges and rags with soap and hot water between uses or replace these items often; wash your hands after touching sponges. Zapping a wet sponge in the microwave for four minutes will kill most disease-causing germs.