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Spring Cleaning Blind Spot: Doorknobs

Why Do This?

Doorknobs are good for opening doors, but they’re great at collecting bacteria. In fact, your knobs are one of dirtiest places in your home! Not convinced? Get this: one in three people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom, but everyone touches doorknobs! Tackle your knobs this spring, and then make it a part of your weekly routine.

Difficulty:
Time: 15 minutes

What You'll Need

  • disinfectant spray
  • towel

How To:

  1. 1

    Choose a safe disinfectant. Since you’ll be putting your hands all over the things, you want to clean your knobs with a nontoxic disinfectant. Skip the harsh chemicals like bleach and choose a mild solution, instead. Want to make your own? All you need is vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and a few spray bottles! For step-by-step instructions, read: Create Homemade Disinfectant Spray.

  2. 2

    Ready, aim, spray. Grab your disinfectant and a towel, then get down to business. Spray the entire knob and then wipe it dry with your towel. Focus on the rooms that receive the highest hand traffic, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

  3. 3

    Hit the lights, too. While you tackle your doorknobs, hit the light switches in each room as well. Each flick of the switch is an opportunity for germs to spread!

  4. 4

    Make it a habit. Incorporate a knob spritz into your weekly cleaning routine so that you can consistently prevent the spread of germs in your house.

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