The 5 Areas of the House to Clean Daily & 3 You Can Skip

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If it feels nearly impossible to stay on top of cleaning your home, The Doctors suggest focusing on specific key ears instead of worrying about your entire home.

Real Simple has identified the 5 things in the home you should clean daily to keep your residence looking and smelling great -- and also 3 areas you can skip -- an approach The Doctors love!

The dishes - No one loves washing dirty dishes, but not doing them daily can lead to unpleasant odors and uninvited pests. The experts suggest not waiting for the sink to fill up and commit to washing them after each meal or loading your dishwasher every day.

Clean the countertops - Wiping down your countertops at the end of the day -- especially if you cook -- will go a long way when it comes to keeping your home clean, say the experts. Drips, drops, and spills left overnight will become much more difficult to clean the next day -- and will you really want to deal with cleaning those counters the next morning?

Empty your kitchen garbage - Staying on top of your kitchen trash is particularly important if you cook the majority of your meals at home, or if you have emptied out the refrigerator or pantry. This will help minimize odor and pests from showing up.

Take care of stains and spills - If you spill something -- especially on your furniture, carpet, or bedding -- the experts stress to not put off treating and cleaning the stains, as it will only get worse the longer you wait.

Wipe down your shower - Spending 30 seconds wiping down your shower will help with the buildup of mold, mildew, and soap scum, and when you need to do a deep cleaning of your shower, it will be much easier if you make this a routine.

And the 3 areas of your home you do not have to worry about daily:

Mirrors - A dirty mirror might seem glaring, but the experts note even a really dirty meal will not likely spread germs or bacteria or cause your home to smell.

Vacuuming - Other than dropped crumbs, vacuuming is not something you need to do every day and should be something you do once or twice a week.

Small appliances - The experts suggest not to worry about a deep daily cleaning of things like microwaves and they say wiping appliances down with a wet paper towel if there's a major spill will likely be adequate. 

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