Stash it, but wash and cover it. Your head propper
piles up gross sweat, drool, dander and dust mites. But instead of
throwing it away, invest in a washable allergy case, which blocks mites
and their leftovers, advises Amy Newburger, M.D., a dermatologist in
Scarsdale, New York. Wash pillows every few months and change linens
weekly, and you can rest easy.
Trash it every 8 to 10 years. Over time, the many
hours you spend in bed wear down your mattress's springs and support,
says Michael Schaufele, M.D., a physiatrist at The Emory Spine Center.
Head off the hurt: Research has shown that switching out old mattresses
can help relieve pain and stiffness.
Stash for as long as they work. Keep on rockin'!
Wipe earbuds weekly with an alcohol swab, and store them away from dirty
sneakers, Scott advises. Dr. Newburger suggests using buds with foam
covers that you can swap out when they look grungy. If you get ear
infections, headphones that rest around the ears cut down on germs.
Stash until it stretches. As long as your girls
are still supported, sweat's the big issue: The combo of moisture and
friction can irritate sensitive skin, Dr. Newburger says. A wash fixes
it. Ladies who don't sweat heavily can air-dry their bras between
workouts and machine- or hand-wash after three uses. Heavy sweaters
should wash bras each time.
Trash it after three to four months. Rinse it well
and dry it upright, and your brush should stay clean. But do replace it
when bristles fray, which can make brushing less effective, the American
Dental Association says.
Trash it every 3 months. As you exfoliate, your
loofah collects skin, which bacteria snack on. Launder it every week or
two, and buy a new one every season, Dr. Newburger says. Or skip it
entirely: Your hands and a body scrub smooth skin equally well.
Stash it.You only need to worry about germs on
files if you have a skin infection or damage around the nail, says
Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., professor of biology at Simmons College. If so,
disinfect a file with alcohol before each use. Emery boards get dull before they get overly buggy.
Trash it every 30 days. Your sponge soaks up juices
from raw foods and breeds bugs, says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., professor of
microbiology at the University of Arizona. Toss it in the dishwasher,
laundry or microwave (for 30 seconds while wet) weekly, and adios it
after a month.
Trash it when you spot wear. Avoid microwaving plasticware or putting it in the dishwasher, as both can cause potentially hazardous chemicals
to leach out, advises Patricia Hunt, Ph.D., professor in the school of
molecular biosciences at Washington State University in Pullman.Hand-wash instead. When it gets brittle, discolored or beat up, toss or
recycle it and replace it with glass.
Stash it. Go green and clean. Reusing dirty
cloth bags, which can carry fecal bacteria from raw meat and unwashed
vegetables, "is like carrying your groceries in your underwear," Gerba
says.Washing by machine or hand
reduces bag-teria by more than 99.9 percent, according to Gerba's
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