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/ Source: Good Housekeeping
By Meaghan Murphy

We know all the cleaning hot spots in the home: floors, showers, etc. But there are lots of items you might be forgetting to clean — or may be cleaning the wrong way.

Good Housekeeping editor Meaghan Murphy is here to help. She stopped by Studio 1A Thursday with the lowdown on how often we should be cleaning our remote, garbage disposal, pajamas, toilets and bath mats. Here's what you need to know!

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TV remote

How often:Once a month or after a family member is sick

To clean: Remove the batteries from the back of the remote. Then dip a cotton cloth into rubbing alcohol and wipe down the entire surface of the controller. Next, use an alcohol soaked Q-Tip to carefully clean around the buttons. If there is grime inside the buttons, use a toothpick to remove it. Then dry the remote with a lint-free cloth. Finally, reinstall the batteries and store the remote in a box to avoid excess exposure to germs.

Garbage disposal

How often: Every three days

To clean: To keep it smelling fresh, it only takes periodic maintenance — every few days to a week. You can grind up ice or citrus peels to help clean the blades and remove odor. And please, whatever you do, don't let food sit in there. Flush it regularly.


How often: Every three days

To clean: A recent survey revealed on average, women wear their pajamas 17 nights in a row before laundering them. Gross! Pajamas are against your skin, and you shed skin cells at a vast rate. These skin cells could harbor certain microorganisms. Most bacteria isn't bad for you, but certain types could cause health issues. I recommend laundering your pajamas every three days. If you shower before you go to bed, you can wait a few nights longer, up to a week.

Bath mats

How often: Once a week

To clean: If your bathroom sees heavy foot traffic, the bath mat may need to be washed in the washing machine weekly. Smart shopping tip: Increase the time between washes by purchasing a reversible bath mat.


How often: Once a week

To clean: You want to use a toilet bowl cleaner to clean the bowl each week. Make sure you aren't only cleaning the obviously dirty parts of the toilet. Sure, we all know to clean the seat and the bowl, but what about the base? The exterior of your toilet can get just as germy and dusty as the interior. Be sure to clean the base, tank, and the lid. And don't forget to disinfect the handle. Find more tips for cleaning your toilet here.