Simple Steps to a Clean-Enough Bedroom

When you're short on time, here's what to focus on.

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Bed

Wash sheets weekly and comforters monthly on a hot cycle to kill germs and dust mites, which can cause itchy eyes and congestion. (Check the label; many down comforters can be machine washed on a gentle cycle.)

Floor

Bacteria, toxins, and grime from outside hitchhike in via your shoes, says Philip Tierno, PhD, a professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine. Leave footwear at the door and vacuum regularly (weekly if you have carpeting, which clings to all manner of yuck).
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Bacteria, toxins, and grime from outside hitchhike in via your shoes, says Philip Tierno, PhD, a professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine. Leave footwear at the door and vacuum regularly (weekly if you have carpeting, which clings to all manner of yuck).

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Windows

Shades attract less dust than blinds do. Wipe down vinyl ones, and vacuum fabric shades, blinds, and curtains as part of a monthly dust-busting routine. Windowsills can be a hot spot for mold in colder months, so run a rag dipped in bleach-spiked water over the area every few weeks.

The Extras

Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and lamp shades are dust grabbers, so wipe those down with a microfiber cloth every few weeks. Quick tip for cleaning ceiling fans minus the mess: When you're up on the ladder, slide an old pillow­case over each blade and pull the fabric back to help trap dust.

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