Here's a good thing to remember during spring-cleaning season: No matter how WELL you clean you'll never rid yourself of all the tiny bugs that live in the home. In fact, a recent study found that our homes are teeming with tiny bugs of every type, from spiders and ants to less well-known creepy-crawlers like book lice (NOT the same as head lice).
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The range of insects infesting our houses was a surprise to scientists, though luckily most of our microscopic housemates don't cause humans any harm--they don't sting or bite or cause itchy rashes. But if you're allergic or have asthma, you may want to take extra care with dust mites.
These tiny creatures live off the dead skin and hair that we (and our furry pets) shed each day. And while you can't entirely get rid of them, you can reduce the population by getting rid of your wall-to-wall carpeting--especially if it's been in the house for a few years. Dust mites love to burrow in the fibers, and are next-to-impossible to remove by vacuuming (although vacuums with HEPA filters help). So if it's not too costly, ditch the carpeting and swab down your wood or linoleum floors at least once a week. And if your house gets humid in the summer, try a dehumidifier or turn on the A.C.
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Stop stabbing at the burnt cookie remains with a butter knife! Just pop the baking sheet in the sink with a dryer sheet, fill it with warm water, and let it sit overnight. You can just wipe away the mess in the morning!