How often to clean everything you own, from your toilet to your phone, according to science

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Humans do not live in our homes alone. There are approximately 7,000 different species of bacteria floating around in your house right now. And that’s just in the dust.

The rich and complex web of dirt, viruses, and pollen floating around us isn’t all bad. It’s important to keep some microbes around to help us stay healthy and strong. Plus, you could say that microbes are the reason you’re alive today — after all, ancient anaerobic bacteria came well before oxygen-breathing creatures, and thrived as some of the first life on Earth.

Still, it’s best to keep microbe levels in check inside your house. Some household items need a good wipe-down every day, while others do best when we scrub or sweep them once a week or every few months.

Here’s the perfect house-cleaning regimen to keep everything you own safe and squeaky-clean, without going insane.

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