Clean Your Doormat Because It's Covered In Germs

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When we think of germ hot spots, we're usually imagining dirty areas inside our homes. But there's actually one place outside the house that needs a lot of attention: the welcome mat. According to Prevention magazine, our doormats are one of the dirtiest spots. And editor Rebekah George even told CBS that the germs from mats can easily creep their way inside. "You walk around, you pick up germs, then you rest your shopping bags on your welcome mat while you fish around for your keys, and you bring the bags inside and rest them on your countertops, spreading all those germs to the countertop," she said.

Luckily, there's a quick solution for this nasty little problem. Simply clean the doormat with a disinfectant spray and be mindful of the placement of shoes in the home. You can either use a cleaner like Lysol or make your own (we found a great one from The Frugal Life). We think it's a good idea to tackle this once a week.

Germs aren't something you can avoid, but lessening the chance of tracking them into your home by following this little tip is a great way to help protect you and your family.

Click through our slideshow to see more cleaning and organizing tips. And head over to Prevention to learn more about germ hot spots.

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