It is new year and I am sure there's a lot of things to throw away! (crazy eyes rolling) so let's begin to check what are for keeps and toss.
IN THE BEDROOM
IN THE GYM
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.
IN THE BATHROOM
METAL NAIL FILEStash 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.
In the Kitchen
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.
REUSABLE GROCERY BAGStash 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 research.
courtesy of Self.com