How to Make Your Home Healthier: A Room-by-Room Guide

Could your home be making you sick and tired? Try these quick tricks to banish sneaky, sickness-spurring bacteria and abolish allergens (21 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Apr 2, 2011 at 11:25PM

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How to Make Your Home Healthier: A Room-by-Room Guide

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Bathroom: Sanitize your shower curtain

Moisture-loving bacteria and mold, which can trigger allergies and infections, breed like wildfire inside those damp plastic or fabric folds. In fact, a surprising study at the University of Colorado found millions of microbes on every square inch -- and 80 percent were potentially harmful bugs that can form an aerosol and rise into the air, where they’re easily inhaled! To eliminate bad bugs, toss your shower curtain (whether it’s made of plastic or fabric) into the washing machine once weekly with lots of warm, soapy water, then hang it to dry back in the tub, suggest University of Arizona researchers. Another tip: Always pull your curtain completely closed after showering, so there are fewer damp nooks for germs to nestle in.

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