By Carlin Flora, published on September 1, 2008 - last reviewed on December 3, 2008
Preoccupation with germs is one thing. A healthy respect for hygiene is another, especially since many people and products travel globally. Microbiologist Anne E. Maczulak, author of The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths About Germs, offers essential cleaning tips.
Change sponges every week or sanitize them with chlorine and water.
Replace the vacuum bag once a month.
Wash your clothes with an antimicrobial laundry additive.
Keep the toilet lid down while flushing.
Disinfect toothbrushes regularly.
Disinfect the inside of the trashcan each time the liner is replaced.