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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

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Not Cleaning Up After Dinner

Don’t feel guilty about not keeping the place pristine clean. Regularly scouring your kitchen with antibacterial sprays can actually increase your risk of being exposed to dangerous drug-resistant bugs, say University of Michigan researchers. What gives? While those sprays can kill some germs, they are useless against the feistiest, truly dangerous ones -- which grow like wildfire once the weaker bugs aren’t there to crowd them out. To play it safe, simply wipe down surfaces with regular dish soap and hot water after cooking. Then, once weekly, quick spritz with bleach, which destroys even drug-resistant bugs in less than 60 seconds, suggest Tufts University researchers.

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