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RealSimple.com: The 8 Germiest Items in Your Home

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Pet Bed

You’ve seen what Fluffy gets up to at the dog park, so it’s no surprise that she could be sleeping on a hotbed of bacteria. Studies have turned up hundreds of germs, including MRSA and the, er, fecal variety, on a single bed. Combined with the dirt and pollen the dog or cat drags in, as well as dander and dead skin cells, the germs can grow quickly.

Clean up: Once a week, remove the cover and launder it in hot water; dry on high. If the cover doesn’t come off, mist the bed with a sanitizing spray, such as Lysol or Clorox Anywhere ($5, drugstore.com), which is safe to use on many colored fabrics, as well as around kids and pets (still, test in an inconspicuous spot first).

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