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It's hard to keep up with your family's routine, let alone find time to scrub your home from top to bottom. Keeping a clean house is important because it helps prevent the spread of germs and creates a healthier environment for your family.

Luckily, there are some easy, quick things you can do regularly to disinfect germ "hot spots" that can take as little as 5 minutes. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help keep your home cleaner and healthier.

Certain cleaning chores should be done more than others. To help sort out your cleaning schedule, follow this go-to guide for how often you should clean various surfaces.

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Dr. Hansa Bhargava

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Get vaccinated

I tell parents that vaccines don't just prevent rare but devastating illnesses, like polio and meningitis. They protect against common viruses and bacteria that cause a lot of sick days in kids every year. Making sure your kids have all their vaccines means healthier kids and fewer days home from school.

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